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|38k||David Rickart Connole (08 September 1912 - 28 March 1945) was born the first son of Henry and Mary Rickart Connole in Madison, Illinois. After doing well in school and achieving
the rank of Eagle Scout he attended Illinois College for two years. Gaining entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1932, he graduated with the Class of '36 and spent the next three years serving
in USS Boise (CL 47) before applying and being accepted to Submarine School.
After graduating Sub School, he served in USS Pompano (SS 181) from December 1939 to August 1943, and made a number of war patrols in her. He then became Executive Officer of USS Cuttlefish (SS 171) and in 1944 took command of USS Sennet (SS 408). In early 1945 he assumed command of USS Trigger (SS 237). On 28 March 1945, Trigger was lost in the East China Sea in a battle with Japanese air and surface units. Commander Connole was the recipient of two Silver Stars and the Bronze Star, and Trigger was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for three of her war patrols.
USS Connole (DE 1056) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site "On Eternal Patrol")
|209k||20 July 1968: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La. - USS Connole (DE 1056), sponsored by Mary Rickart Connole (mother of David Connole, for whom the ship is named) is launched. On board is Rick Connole, son of David Connole and the Avondale Chairman of the Board. DE1056 was the first of 26 Knox class frigates launched by Avondale.||Rick Connole|
|218k||1969: at sea - Connole on acceptance sea trials.|
|222k||1969: at sea - Connole on acceptance sea trials.|
|188k||1973: the Mediterranean Sea - VertRep||Craig Penney |
FTM2 (5/72 - 11/76)
|172k||1973: Naples, Italy - Med moored alongside an unknown tender, Connole is nested with McCandless (DE 1084), Koelsch (DE 1049), and McCloy (DE 1038).|
|168k||1973: Naples, Italy - Connole wins the Captain's Gig Regatta.|
|166k||1973: Naples, Italy - the "Happy Gun Director"|
|214k||1973: the Mediterranean Sea - Crewmen waiting on the hangar deck for a replenishment to begin.|
|60k||1975: BPDMS firing|
|134k||1975: torpedo shot|
|173k||June 1976: Kithira Strait, the Mediterranean Sea - A Soviet Kashin class DDG, Krasny Krim, lies at anchor with a group of American ships.|
|77k||25 June 1976: Kithira Strait, the Mediterranean Sea - Three photos taken from Krasny Krim in the Kithira Strait anchorage. Two Amphibious Groups were at anchor. USS Connole passes between the USS Guadalcanal and the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. The USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) is in the background. Eugene was the Antiaircraft / Guided Missiles Operations Center Commander aboard Krasny Krim and an amateur photographer.||Eugene Ivkin|
St. Petersburg, Russia
|157k||1978 - 79: A Russian "Foxtrot" class sub caught on the surface by Connole's helo.||Rick Connole|
|89k||1978 - 79: Refueling someone else's helo|
|128k||1978 - 79: Looking forward in heavy weather|
|90k||1978 - 79: Looking aft in the same heavy weather|
|291k||1979: at sea - Aerial starboard beam view of Connole underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01562 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|131k||1979: in drydock at Bath Ironworks||Rick Connole|
|557k||27 November 1979: Newport, R.I. - A photo montage of Connole departing Newport for Med Cruise. Capt Ted Fijak wanted a memorable departure. The southwest wind was right, so lines were pulled in and the ship was underway at zero knots. After some minutes waiting for the wind to push the ship from the pier, full speed was ordered and the ship cruised out very impressively.|
|509k||27 November 1979: Newport, R.I. - Another photo montage of Connole departing for the Med, leaving pier side. We dashed through Newport town to catch a view of the ship underway from Castle Hill as she headed out to sea.|
|62k||1980: Connole in the Mediteranean Sea.
(U.S. Navy photo)
|48k||1980: in the Mediteranean Sea, from the helo deck looking aft.|
(Photo © Steve Giberti)
|62k||January 1981: Quincy, Mass. - Entering the General Dynamics Shipyard, she is covered in ice from spending the night in 15-foot seas going around Cape Cod.||Michael Boyd|
|233k||20 January 1981: Quincy, Mass. - An elevated starboard view of Connole.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01561 from the DVIC)
|108k||01 September 1982: Naval Station Newport, R.I. - Stern view of the frigates Connole and USS
Miller (FF 1091) moored side-by-side in port.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01228 by PH1 Paul J. Salesi from the DVIC)
|52k||25 December 1982: closeup of the bridge||Fabio Peña|
Aircraft Carrier Archives
|229k||22 September 1984: at sea - An aerial port bow view of Connole.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-07040 from the DVIC)
|136k||01 June 1987: Newport, R.I. - An overall view of the Naval Reserve Maintenance Facility. Naval ships tied up at the pier are, left to right: the frigate
Connole, the destroyer USS Edson (DD 946), flagship of the commander, Naval Surface Group Four; and
USS Kauffman (FFG 59).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07739 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
|213k||1987: at sea - shadowing the Soviet carrier Baku.||Rick Connole|
|96k||1987: Cape Cod, Mass. - exiting the Cape Cod Canal.|
|201k||12 August 1988: at sea - A port bow view of Connole underway with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) battle group. The ship,
which is part of Task Group 24.4, is in an 18-ship formation that is transiting the North Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-01299 by PH2 Lipski from the DVIC)
|231k||14 August 1992: Newport, R.I. - Connole's crew preparing for the decommissioning ceremony.||Rick Connole|
|161k||14 August 1992: Newport, R.I. - Looking down at the pier during Connole's decommissioning ceremony and turnover to Greece. Connole's crew is still aboard, while the Greek crew is in formation on the pier. Renamed Epiros, she immediately left for a 45 day overhaul at Boston General Shipyards before departing for Piraeus.|
|222k||14 August 1992: Newport, R.I. - The decommissioning was attended by more than 50 members of the Connole family from all over USA, many of whom had not met. Cap't. David Schwiering was a great host. It was quite an Irish wake that weekend in Newport. Remember the party at the Marriott and the greeks hosted a party on the helo deck that night. All the Connole family attended.|
|110k||10 February 2001: As HHMS Epirius (F-456), taken during NATO's STANAVFORMED port call. She was outboard of USS Deyo (DD 989).||Fabio Peña|
Aircraft Carrier Archives
|111k||10 February 2001: As HHMS Epirius (F-456)|
|The DANFS history for USS Connole (DE 1056) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.|
|View the USS Connole (DE 1056) history located on Wikipedia.|
|Connole's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 30 Aug 1969 - 08 Oct 1970||Cmdr. Robert B. Robinson II|
|2.) 08 Oct 1970 - 08 Apr 1971||Cmdr. Robert M. Leverone|
|3.) 08 Apr 1971 - 30 Aug 1972||Cmdr. David M. Foss|
|4.) 30 Aug 1972 - 03 Jun 1974||Lcdr. Tyler (Toby) Field II|
|5.) 03 Jun 1974 - 07 Jun 1976||Cmdr. John Robert Dalrymple Jr., USNR (OCS '60) (Dunn, N.C.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|6.) 07 Jul 1976 - 06 Apr 1978||Cmdr. Richard Fay Pittenger (USNA '58) (Tacoma, Wash.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|7.) 06 Jun 1978 - 20 Feb 1980||Cmdr. Theodore Fijak Jr.|
|8.) 20 Feb 1980 - 20 Aug 1982||Cmdr. Serge A. Yonov|
|9.) 20 Aug 1982 - 03 Feb 1984||Cmdr. Edwin P. Nicholson|
|10.) 03 Feb 1984 - 23 May 1986||Cmdr. Roy Royce Twaddle III|
|11.) 23 May 1986 - 05 Jun 1988||Cmdr. Kenneth P. Weinberg|
|12.) 05 Jun 1988 - 05 May 1990||Cmdr. Marc A. Helgeson|
|13.) 05 May 1990 - 30 Aug 1992||Cmdr. David A. Schwiering|
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