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USS Reasoner (DE 1063)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - X - Q
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star
Fourth Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Fidelity"
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
Reasoner (DE 1063) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co.
  • 06 January 1969: Keel laid by the Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • 01 August 1970: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James C. Curry and Mrs. Robert Svinger
  • 31 July 1971: Commissioned, Cmdr. Francisco Velazquez-Suarez, USN, commanding; assigned to CruDesPac at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1063)
  • 28 August 1993: Decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego after 22.1 years of service
  • 28 August 1993: Leased to Turkey, renamed TCG Kocatepe (F-252)
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 August 1997: Lease to Turkey renewed
  • 22 February 2002: Sold to Turkey, decommissioned late 2002
  • 04 May 2005: Sunk as a target in the Eastern Mediterranean
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    Reasoner 7k Frank Stanley Reasoner was born 16 September 1937 in Spokane, Washington. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from Kellogg, Idaho in 1955, and reached the rank of sergeant prior to entering the United States Military Academy in 1958. At West Point, he won four consecutive brigade boxing championships. Graduating in June 1962, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In April 1965 he arrived in Vietnam as commanding officer of A Co., 3rd Recon Bn, 3rd Marine Division. 1st Lt. Frank Reasoner died in action near Danang, Vietnam, on 12 July 1965. On that day he led a five-man reconnaissance patrol into enemy-controlled territory. Ambushed by a numerically superior enemy force, 1Lt. Reasoner boldly shouted encouragement to his men, and virtually isolated from the main body, he organized a base of fire for an assault on the enemy positions. The slashing fury of the Viet Cong machinegun and automatic weapons fire made it impossible for the main body to move forward. Repeatedly exposing himself to the devastating attack he skillfully provided covering fire, killing at least 2 Viet Cong and effectively silencing an automatic weapons position in a valiant attempt to effect evacuation of a wounded man. As casualties began to mount his radio operator was wounded, and 1LT Reasoner immediately moved to his side and tended his wounds. When the radio operator was hit a second time while attempting to reach a covered position, 1LT Reasoner, courageously running to his aid through the grazing machinegun fire, fell mortally wounded. For his bravery in battle and his concern for the wounded, Frank Reasoner was awarded the Medal of Honor.

    USS Reasoner (DE 1063) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo and a more complete biography at the The Official Site of the Medal of Honor.)
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    Reasoner 52k 18-22 July 1973: Hong Kong ....Great Liberty! Bill Bayard GMT2
    Reasoner 59k Picture scanned from my Reasoner Maiden Voyage '73 Book.
    Reasoner 66k circa 1977-1979: Pearl Harbor HI Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    **Myerkord / Reasoner** 126k 1977: San Diego - Taken while on a San Diego Harbor tour cruise. John W. Robbins
    Reasoner 235k circa 1978: at sea - USS Reasoner (DE 1063) alongside the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during fleet training exercises off the Southern California coast circa 1978. (U.S. Navy photo #1996.488.125.091 from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum) Mike Green
    Reasoner 154k Scanned from 1978 cruise book, taken at Rabaul. Joseph E. Sullenger
    OSC, USN (ret.)
    Reasoner 91k Reasoner showing hull number 1065 vice 1063, with USS Stein (FF 1065) across the pier. We (Reasoner) had just returned from a FLEETEX where we were the "bad guys" and had painted a "5" over our "3." Stein was in the same FLEETEX and the "good guys" never took a shot at us. When we returned from the FLEETEX it was night and the XO of Dixie (AD 14) kept trying to ward us off saying Reasoner, not Stein has the tender availability. The crew thought up the idea which was great ... as was the crew. Keith Ott
    Captain, USN (ret.)
    Reasoner 66k date / location unknown Ken Wilson
    Reasoner 70k date / location unknown Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Reasoner 73k date / location unknown
    Reasoner 189k 15 October 1982: At sea - Aerial starboard bow view of the Knox class frigate USS Reasoner (FF 1063) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07606 by PHAN Mellendorf, from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Reasoner 200k 15 October 1982: At sea - Aerial starboard side view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41), background, underway with their task groups. Reasoner is underway in the foreground. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07595 by PHAN Mellendorf from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 131k 01 February 1990: San Diego Harbor, Cal. - Pleasure craft sail near Reasoner. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-06642 by PHCS Terry C. Mitchell from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 167k 01 May 1990: At sea - The amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), top, and Reasoner sail alongside one another during the multinational Exercise RimPac '90. The Pacific Rim nations of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. are participating in the annual naval and amphibious exercise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-05081 from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 179k 02 August 1990: At sea - A starboard quarter view of Reasoner underway north of Diego Garcia en route to the Persian Gulf after the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06591 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 187k 02 August 1990: At sea - Underway north of Diego Garcia are the frigates Reasoner, background, and USS Brewton (FF 1086). The ships are en route to the Persian Gulf after the invasion of Kuwait. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05665 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 148k 02 August 1990: At sea - A port bow view of Reasoner underway north of Diego Garcia en route to the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05659 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 151k 14 June 1991: At sea off San Diego - An aerial overhead shot of Reasoner underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-10035 by PH2 Mark Correa from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 105k 14 June 1991: At sea off San Diego - An aerial bow of Reasoner underway. (US Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-10034 by PH2 Mark Correa from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 601k 14 June 1991: At sea off San Diego - An aerial port view of Reasoner underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-10033 by PH2 Mark Correa from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 133k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Bunting decorates Reasoner as sailors man the rails aboard the vessel during her decommissioning/transfer ceremony. Following her decommissioning from U.S. naval service, the Reasoner is being transferred to the Turkish navy and will be known as the frigate TCG Kocatepe (F-252). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06106 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 109k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - A U.S. Navy/Turkish color guard presents the colors during the decommissioning/transfer ceremony for Reasoner, moored to Pier 13 in the background. Upon being decommissioned from U.S. naval service, the Reasoner is being transferred to the Turkish navy as the frigate TCG Kocatepe (F-252). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06107 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 104k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - A U.S./Turkish color guard stand in formation during the decommissioning/transfer ceremony for Reasoner. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06112 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 91k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - U.S. and Turkish navy personnel stand in formation during the decommissioning/transfer ceremony for Reasoner. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06111 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 87k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - Officers stand on the stern of Reasoner as the national ensign is lowered during the decommissioning/transfer ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06109 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 106k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - An officer carries the national ensign down the gangway of the former frigate USS Reasoner following the ship's decommissioning from U.S. naval service. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06110 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)
    Reasoner 88k 28 August 1993: Naval Station San Diego - The Turkish flag is raised on the stern of the former frigate USS Reasoner following the vessel's decommissioning from U.S. naval service and its transfer to the Turkish navy as the frigate TCG Kocatepe (F-252). The frigate has a 20mm Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system mounted on the stern. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-06108 by PH2 M.C. Farrington from the DVIC)

    Reasoner Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
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    Reasoner
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    Navy Times Ship in the
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    Reasoner
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    View the USS Reasoner (DE 1063) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Reasoner's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   31 Jul. 1971 - 20 Jan. 1973Cmdr. Francisco Antonio Velazquez-Suarez
    2.)   20 Jan. 1973 - 14 Jan. 1975Cmdr. Thomas Edward Fleming ('58) (Norfolk, Va.)
    3.)   14 Jan. 1975 - 19 Jun. 1976Cmdr. Richard C. Ustick (Modesto, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)
    4.)   19 Jun. 1976 - 16 Jun. 1978Cmdr. Keith Montgomery Ott
    5.)   16 Jun. 1978 - 08 Aug. 1980Cmdr. Jon Jared Gershon
    6.)   08 Aug. 1980 - 06 Sep. 1982Cmdr. Gregory Stephen Smyth
    7.)   06 Sep. 1982 - 21 Nov. 1984Cmdr. Keith Milford Arndt (Richland, Wash.)
    8.)   21 Nov. 1984 - 27 Feb. 1987Cmdr. John F. Sigler ('66) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    9.)   27 Feb. 1987 - 16 Jun. 1989Cmdr. Stephen P. Marvil ('68) (Laurel, Del.)
    10.) 16 Jun. 1989 - 20 Apr. 1991Cmdr. Richard D. Marvin (Aurora, Ill.)
    11.) 20 Apr. 1991 - 28 Aug. 1993Cmdr. Steven J. Sonntag

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    Additional Resources

    USS Reasoner Web Page by Bill Bayard
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Reasoner
    USS Reasoner Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Reasoner Page on Military.Com
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