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USS Gray (DE 1054)


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N - V - X - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


"Seek - Engage - Destroy"
Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Gray (DE 1054) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 19 November 1966: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp., Seattle, Wash.
  • 03 November 1967: Launched
  • 04 April 1970: Commissioned, Cmdr. Frederick C. Johnson in command
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1054)
  • 29 June 1991: Decommissioned after 21 years and 2¾ months of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 25 July 2001: Sold for scrapping
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    53k Ross Franklin Gray was born to Benjamin Franklin and Carrie Clyde (Wood) Gray in Marvel Valley, Alabama on 01 August 1920. He attended the elementary schools of Bibb County and went on to Centreville High School, which he left in 1939 after attending for three years. He went to work for his father as a carpenter. He had already worked at that trade part-time for three years and now worked another three years before he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. He played football and basketball at Centreville High and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a devout Protestant; so much that in fact, in the Marine Corps he was called "The Deacon." Gray enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in Birmingham, Alabama on 22 July 1942, and was assigned to active duty the same day. After receiving his recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he went to New River, North Carolina, and in September joined the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. Promoted to private first class in April 1943, he was transferred to Company A, 1st Battalion 25th Marines, a month later. Private First Class Gray left for overseas duty on January 13, 1944 and landed at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where he took part in the Roi-Namur campaign. He was made an engineering corporal in March and in June made another assault landing this time at Saipan. At the conclusion of the fighting at Saipan, Cpl. Gray took part in the landing on Tinian Island, also in the Marianas.

    With his unit, he next took part in the bitter battle for Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, northeast of Airfield Number One, Gray cleared a path through heavily mined area, then, while continually under fire, attacked and destroyed six Japanese emplacements with satchel charges. Although he remained unscratched through his twelve trips back and forth among enemy mines, constantly under heavy fire, Sgt. Gray was killed six days later, on 27 February 1945, by an enemy shell which inflicted fatal wounds in his legs. For his personal valor, daring tactics, and tenacious perseverance in the face of extreme peril on 21 February, Sgt. Gray was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Sergeant Gray was initially buried in the 4th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, but later his remains were returned to the United States for private burial in the Ada Chapel Bible Methodist Church Cemetery in Woodstock, Alabama.

    USS Gray (DE 1054) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 103802 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Gray 128k 19 November 1966: Seattle, Wash. - The keel of the future USS Gray (DE 1054) is laid at Todd Shipyard Corp. - Seattle.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #1119343 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Roark 355k cica 1970: USS Gray (DE 1054) underway in the Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1143228 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Roark 292k Spring 1971: Yokosuka, Japan - Three U.S. Navy Knox-class destroyer escorts at Yokosuka, Japan (l-r): USS Hepburn (DE 1055), USS Gray (DE 1054) and USS Roark (DE 1053).

    (U.S. Navy photo from the All Hands Magazine, May 1971)
    Gray 128k no date / location: USS Gray (DE 1054) moored at an unknown port.
    Gray 245k Summer 1971: San Diego, Cal. - USS Gray (DE 1054) underway of the San Diego coast.
    Gray 700k 13 July 1973: the Pacific Ocean - A port bow aerial view of USS Gray (DE-1054) operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

    (U.S. Navy photo by PHC/AC C. C. Curtis)
    Craig Chaddock
    San Diego, Cal.
    Gray 93k Summer 1973: the Gulf of Tonkin - USS Gray (DE 1054) is being refueled off the coast of Vietnam. Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    Gray 226k Two views of USS Gray (FF 1054) off the California coast. She's departing San Diego in the lower photo, you can see Point Loma in the background. Both photos appear to be ship portraits from George Barber's Marine Photos. Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Gray 262k
    Gray 123k Summer 1980: San Diego, Cal. - USS Gray (FF 1054) anchored in San Diego harbor. Richard Stiles
    Gray 408k 09 March 1982: At sea - USS Gray (FF 1054) underway executing a turn off the coast of California.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107488 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Gray 151k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port beam view of the Knox class frigate USS Gray (FF 1054) underway off the coast of California.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00103 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Gray 160k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port beam view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00104 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 1779k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00105 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 172k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00106 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 123k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00107 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 122k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00108 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 175k 09 March 1982: At sea - A port quarterview of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00109 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 95k 09 March 1982: At sea - A starboard beam view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00110 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 718k 09 March 1982: At sea - A high angle starboard bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00111 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 87k 09 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00112 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 106k 09 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00113 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 103k 09 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00114 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 95k 09 March 1982: At sea - A starboard bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00115 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 105k 09 March 1982: At sea - A high-angle bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00116 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 75k 09 March 1982: At sea - A bow view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00117 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Gray 136k 09 March 1982: At sea - A high-angle stern view of Gray underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00118 by PH1 R. G. Swan from the DVIC)
    Gray 81k 10 February 1986: At sea - An aerial view of Naval Reserve Force frigates USS Wadsworth (FFG 9), USS Duncan (FFG 10), Gray, USS Lang (FF 1060) and tank landing ship USS Racine (LST 1191) underway with fleet oiler USS Cimarron (AO 177), frigate USS Stein (FF 1065), and Canadian guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (D-39). The ships are participating in an anti-submarine exercise off the coast of California.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-03122 from the DVIC)
    Gray 183k 01 January 1987: At sea - An aerial portside view of Gray underway. Exact date shot unknown.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06675 from the DVIC)
    Gray 753k 01 January 1987: At sea - An aerial port side view of Gray with the USN Newport Class Tank Landing Ship USS Racine (LST 1191) in trail underway at sea. Exact date shot unknown.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06662 from the DVIC)

    Gray Memorabilia
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    Gray History
    View the USS Gray (DE 1054) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Gray's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  04 Apr. 1970 - 06 Dec. 1971Cmdr. Frederick Charles (Fox) Johnson (enl. '43 / USNA '52) (Keewatin, Minn.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)  06 Dec. 1971 - 04 May 1973Cmdr. Gary Robert Susag (USNA '59) (Alexandria, Minn.)
    3.)  04 May 1973 - 03 Oct. 1974Cmdr. John P. Walker Jr.
    4.)  03 Oct. 1974 - 10 Jan. 1976Cmdr. Kenneth Buren McGhee (Reno, Nev.)
    5.)  10 Jan. 1976 - 21 Apr. 1978Cmdr. Roger Peter Onorati (USNA '61) (Tenafly, N.J.)
    6.)  21 Apr. 1978 - 16 Jan. 1981Cmdr. Eigil Lund Hansen Jr. (USNA '60) (Navy Jr. / Falls Church, Va.)
    7.)  16 Jan. 1981 - 19 Feb. 1983Capt. Michael Andrew Rose
    8.)  19 Feb. 1983 - 13 Jul. 1985Cmdr. Michael Patrick Donnelly (USNA '66) (Denver, Colo.)
    9.)  13 Jul. 1985 - 15 Aug. 1987Cmdr. David Van Saun (Long Beach, Cal.)
    10.) 15 Aug. 1987 - 10 Oct. 1989Cmdr. Alan Bruce Dunn
    11.) 10 Oct. 1989 - 30 Sep. 1991Cmdr. Wilson Otto Shealy Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    September 2019 at Savannah, Ga.
    Contact Name: Henry Chun
    Address: 33 Poniu Circle
    City/State: Eailuku HI 96793
    Phone: (808) 242-7825
    E-mail: cyalata001 AT hawaii.rr.com
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
    Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

    USS Gray Web Log
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Gray Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Gray
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