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USS J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - F - E - X
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Eagle Pass"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140) Building and Operational Data:
  • 16 December 1942: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.,
  • 07 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Mary Young Blakely, niece of Rear Admiral Blakely
  • 16 August 1943: Commissioned, Cdr J. H. Forshew in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.8 years of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 02 March 1973: Bidding for scrap opened
  • 16 March 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Luria Bros. Scrap Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 22 August 1973: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    Blakely 79k Artist's conception J.R.Y. Blakely by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Blakely 117k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Blakely 75k January 1946 David Buell

    J.R.Y. Blakely

    Auction Offering
    Booklet 2 March 1973
    J.R.Y. Blakely
    Courtesy of
    Tim Rizzuto and
    Ed Zajkowski

    View the USS J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    J.R.Y. Blakely's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Aug. 1943 - 30 Sep. 1943Cdr. John H. Forshew, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 30 Sep. 1943 - 26 Jan. 1944Lcdr. James B. Harvey, Jr., USNR
    3.) 26 Jan. 1944 - 26 Mar. 1944Lt. Knox D. Talley, USNR
    4.) 26 Mar. 1944 - 01 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Addison S. Archie, Jr., USNR
    5.) 01 Jul. 1945 - 09 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Paul Jerry Brownlow, USNR
    6.) 09 Apr. 1946 - 02 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Richard Hood Southwick, USNR
    7.) 02 Jun. 1946 - 04 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Harold Legrand Hull, USNR (decomm.)

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