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USS Inch (DE 146)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
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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 w/ 4 stars - 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
Inch (DE 146) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 January 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange, Tex.
  • 04 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Philip L. Inch, daughter-in-law of Admiral Inch
  • 08 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr C. W. Frey in command
  • 17 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8⅓ months of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 26 February 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Materials Co., New Orleans, La.
  • 24 March 1974: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    84k undated, underway at speed -
    183k Three undated wartime photos of USS Inch (DE 146). Someone was aloft on the mast with a camera. These photos were given to Tim by a friend whose uncle served in Inch. The uncle, Edward Hupenece, was from South Jamaica in Queens, New York and was employed by RCA Communications at 66 Broad Street in New York City. He enlisted in the Navy on 10 December 1942 at New York City. After basic training he attended "Sound Operator School" at San Diego, Cal. to learn sonar. After graduation he was sent to the Naval Receiving Station at Orange, Tex. to await orders for a "new construction" destroyer escort. He reported aboard Inch on the day of her commissioning, 08 September 1943. Reporting aboard as a soundman second class (SoM2c), he was later promoted to soundman first class (SoM1c) on 01 January 1944. He remained aboard Inch until 30 December 1945 when he was transferred to the Personnel Separation Center at Lido Beach on Long Island to be discharged from the Navy. Tim Tassinari
    292k 21 March 1944: Lower New York Harbor - USS Inch (DE 146) departed the New York Navy Yard at 0832 to load ammunition by barge off Fort Lafayette. Completing the ammunition onload at 1258, she left for the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk, Va. She was scheduled to depart for Norfolk on 19 March, but collided with USS Ariel (AF 22) when her anchor dragged while at Fort Lafayette, necessitating her return to the shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo, Catalog #L45-133.02.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    248k 12 June 1944: at sea in the Atlantic - Survivors of U-490 being transferred to USS Croatan (CVE-25).

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-270265 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.

    Inch History
    View the USS Inch (DE 146) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Inch's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 08 Sep. 1943 - 16 May 1944Lcdr. Charles William Frey, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 16 May 1944 - 26 Oct. 1945Lcdr. David A. Tufts, USNR
    3.) 26 Oct. 1945 - 04 Jan. 1946Lt. Leonard Irving Levine, USNR
    4.) 03 Apr. 1946 - 17 May 1946Lt.(jg) Clyde D. Reese, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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