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USS Connole (DE 1056)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ oak leaf cluster
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"Exempla Suorum Durant"
(The Example of our Ancestors Endures)
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
Connole (DE 1056) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 March 1967: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 20 July 1968: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mary Rickart Connole, mother of David Connole
  • 30 August 1969: Commissioned at the Naval Station, Charleston, S.C., Cmdr. Robert B. Robinson II in command, assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk, Va.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1056)
  • June 1979: Homeport assignment changed to Newport, R.I.
  • 14 August 1992: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I. after 23 years of service
  • 30 August 1992: Leased to Greece, renamed Epirus (F-456) (retired from Greek service 2004, sunk as target 2006)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
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    Connole 22k David Rickart Connole (8 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")
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    Connole 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
    Connole 218k 1969: at sea - Connole on acceptance sea trials.
    Connole 222k 1969: at sea - Connole on acceptance sea trials.
    Connole 188k 1973: the Mediterranean Sea - VertRep Craig Penney
    FTM2 (5/72 - 11/76)
    Weapons/2nd Div.
    Connole 172k 1973: Naples, Italy - Med moored alongside an unknown tender, Connole is nested with McCandless (DE 1084), Koelsch (DE 1049), and McCloy (DE 1038).
    Connole 168k 1973: Naples, Italy - Connole wins the Captain's Gig Regatta.
    Connole 166k 1973: Naples, Italy - the "Happy Gun Director"
    Connole 214k 1973: the Mediterranean Sea - Crewmen waiting on the hangar deck for a replenishment to begin.
    Connole 60k 1975: BPDMS firing
    Connole 134k 1975: torpedo shot
    Connole 173k June 1976: Kithira Strait, the Mediterranean Sea - A Soviet Kashin class DDG, Krasny Krim, lies at anchor with a group of American ships.
    Connole 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
    Connole 222k
    Connole 134k
    Connole 157k 1978 - 79: A Russian "Foxtrot" class sub caught on the surface by Connole's helo Rick Connole
    Connole 89k 1978 - 79: Refueling someone else's helo
    Connole 128k 1978 - 79: Looking forward in heavy weather
    Connole 90k 1978 - 79: Looking aft in the same heavy weather
    Connole 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) Navsource
    Connole 131k 1979: in drydock at Bath Ironworks Rick Connole
    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.
    Connole 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.
    Connole 62k 1980: in the Mediteranean Sea (U.S. Navy photo) Steve Giberti
    EM1 (1976-1980)
    Connole 48k 1980: in the Mediteranean Sea, from the helo deck looking aft. (Photo © Steve Giberti)
    Connole 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
    Connole 233k 20 January 1981: Quincy, Mass. - An elevated starboard view of Connole. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01561 from the DVIC) Navsource
    Connole 108k 1 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)
    Connole 52k 25 December 1982: closeup of the bridge Fabio Peņa
    Connole 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) Navsource
    ***Kauffman/Connole*** 136k 1 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)
    Connole 213k 1987: at sea - shadowing the Soviet carrier Baku. Rick Connole
    Connole 96k 1987: Cape Cod, Mass. - exiting the Cape Cod Canal.
    Connole 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) Navsource
    Connole 231k 14 August 1992: Newport, R.I. - Connole's crew preparing for the decommissioning ceremony Rick Connole
    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.
    Connole 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.
    Connole 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 Peņa
    Connole 111k 10 February 2001: As HHMS Epirius (F-456)

    Connole Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque

    Connole
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    USS Connole
    Battle Ensign
    Connole
    Courtesy of
    Rick Connole
    Ship's History
    August 1992
    Connole
    Courtesy of
    Rick Connole

    The USS Connole (DE 1056) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is NOT available.
    Connole's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  30 Aug 1969 - 08 Oct 1970Cmdr. Robert B. Robinson II
    2.)  08 Oct 1970 - 08 Apr 1971Cmdr. Robert M. Leverone
    3.)  08 Apr 1971 - 30 Aug 1972Cmdr. David M. Foss
    4.)  30 Aug 1972 - 03 Jun 1974Lcdr. Tyler (Toby) Field II
    5.)  03 Jun 1974 - 07 Jun 1976Cmdr. John Robert Dalrymple, Jr. (ret. as Radm.)
    6.)  07 Jul 1976 - 06 Apr 1978Cmdr. Richard Fay Pittenger (later Radm.)
    7.)  06 Jun 1978 - 20 Feb 1980Cmdr. Theodore Fijak Jr.
    8.)  20 Feb 1980 - 20 Aug 1982Cmdr. Serge A. Yonov
    9.)  20 Aug 1982 - 03 Feb 1984Cmdr. Edwin P. Nicholson
    10.) 03 Feb 1984 - 23 May 1986Cmdr. Roy Royce Twaddle III
    11.) 23 May 1986 - 05 Jun 1988Cmdr. Kenneth P. Weinberg
    12.) 05 Jun 1988 - 05 May 1990Cmdr. Marc A. Helgeson
    13.) 05 May 1990 - 30 Aug 1992Cmdr. David A. Schwiering

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Reunion:
    October 2006 at Savannah GA
    Contact Name: Dennis Roberts
    Address: 2721 Bobby Ave. / Nashville TN 37216
    Phone: (615) 227-4107
    E-mail: Dennis Roberts

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Connole
    USS Connole Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Connole Page on Military.Com
    Other Navsource Pages Relating to David R. Connole
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