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USS Cannon (DE 99)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - X - R - C

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Cannon (DE 99) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 November 1942: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 25 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. H. Cannon
  • 26 September 1943: Commissioned while moored at Pier A, Reserve Basin, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lcdr G. Morris in command
  • 05 December 1943: Arrived at Trinidad to commence service in the Caribbean and South Atlantic, operating primarily between Trinidad, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 19 December 1944: Decommissioned at the Brazilian Naval Base at Natal, Brazil after 1 year and 3 months of service; loaned to Brazil and renamed Baependi (Be-5)
  • 20 July 1953: Struck from the NVR, title transferred outright to Brazil under the Mutual Assistance Program (MAP)
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    50k George Ham Cannon was born in Webster Groves, Mo. on 05 November 1915 and later moved to Detroit, Mich. He graduated from Southeastern High School and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in attendance at the university he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 1938. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Engineer Reserve, U.S. Army during his last school year but resigned to accept a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Commissioned on 25 June 1938, he was ordered to duty on 05 July 1938, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

    His first tour of duty was aboard USS Boise. He was assigned to the Post Service Battalion at the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va. on 10 July 1940 and then ordered to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego, Cal. in December 1940 where he joined Battery H, 2d Defense Battalion. In March 1941, the battery joined the 6th Defense Battalion sailed for Pearl Harbor in July. In August 1941, he was promoted to first lieutenant. On 07 September 1941, 1stLt. Cannon reported to Midway Island as a platoon leader and member of the Battalion Coding Board. He was killed in action on the first day of World War II, 07 December 1941, during the sneak attack by Japanese forces. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary courage during the bombardment of Midway Island. He remained at his Command Post despite being mortally wounded by enemy shell fire and refused evacuation until his men were evacuated, and he continued to directed the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed. As a result of his utter disregard of his own condition, he later died from loss of blood. First Lieutenant Cannon was initially buried in Halawa Cemetery, Honolulu, Hi. and was later reinterred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu in 1947.

    USS Cannon (DE 99) (1943-1944) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    34k 15 September 1943: Cannon near Wilmington, Del. on sea trials.

    (Photo: National Archives #BuShips51462)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    532k 15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A port bow view of Cannon taken near Wilmington, Del.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51457 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    578k 15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A port bow aerial view of Cannon taken on sea trials near Wilmington, Del.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51463 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    675k 15 September 1943: Delaware Bay - A starboard bow aerial view of Cannon taken near Wilmington, Del.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-99-19-N-51464 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    59k undated, As Baependi (U-27) in Brazilian Service. (Per Enzo Vernille: In the 60s, some DEs were converted into "ocean going" Avisos, something similar to Offshore Patrol Ship, so their hull number changed to: U+a number)

    (Official Brazilian Navy Photo)
    Luiz Brazil Cotta
    FT3 Brazilian Navy (ret.)
    62k date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Cannon History
    View the USS Cannon (DE 99) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Cannon's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Sep. 1943 - 11 Apr. 1944Lcdr. Grinnell Morris, USNR (Comm. CO) (also CO: DE 422)
    2.) 11 Apr. 1944 - 19 Dec. 1944Lt. Arthur Freeborn Chace Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (New York City, N. Y.)

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