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USS Cooner (DE 172)

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N - X - T - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East 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
Cooner (DE 172) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 February 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 23 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. I. Cooner
  • 21 August 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Yard Commandant Radm. Monroe Kelly, Lcdr. J. M. Stuart in command
  • 01 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9⅓ months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold, scrapped
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    204k 04 September 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Starboard quarter view of USS Cooner (DE 172) at the New York Navy Yard, two weeks after being commissioned. The ship was built at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J. She got underway from the Navy Yard at 07:05, anchored off Fort Lafayette in Lower New York Harbor at 08:05 and began receiving ammunition from the lighter Captain Jarvis.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-63.07.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    113k September 1944 John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    165k undated wartime images
    145k memorial photo by Liberty Picture Company 1945, belonging to John's stepfather, Carl Balus Jackson, S1C John Sloan
    218k 25 May 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Mothballed destroyer escorts at the Inactive Ship Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

    Upper photo, from left to right; Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Lower photo, from left to right; Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Note from Rick Davis: "Back in May 1973, Martin Holbrook (INRO Photo Collection), invited me for a tour of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Mothball Fleet. Martin had been making trips to Philly and other mothball sites for years and was one of the “old-timers” that had been taking photos of USN ships since before WWII in the New York City area. Anyway, when he picked me up in his van, there were two other gents. One was Ted Stone (I thought the other one was Paul Silverstone, but when I had a chance to ask him a few years ago if it was, he said he didn’t recall a photo trip to PhilNSY). Martin had enough “pull” that we were provided with an Admiral’s Gig! I had my brand-new Nikon F2 35-mm camera. Martin and Ted had larger format cameras. I felt like a rank amateur and a kid in a candy store. I have seen some of the same photos of subjects that we all took photos from the same boat, show-up elsewhere. We were all excited that USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was on the outside of a nest this trip. Martin had been trying to get good views of her for years. Ex-USS Gherardi (DD 637) ... built at PhilNY ... was outside the reserve basin ready to be towed away for scrapping. We got photos of her as well".
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    Cooner History
    View the USS Cooner (DE 172) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Cooner's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Aug. 1943 - 17 Apr. 1944Lcdr. John McCreery Stuart, USN (Comm. CO)
    2.) 17 Apr. 1944 - 30 May 1945Lcdr. Theodore L. Bergen, USNR 
    3.) 30 May 1945 - 24 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Louis T. Hindenlang, USNR*
    4.) 24 Oct. 1945 - 31 Oct. 1945 Lcdr. William H. Johnson, Jr., USNR
    5.) 31 Oct. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt. Harry L. Sears, USNR
    6.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Ray Budde, USNR (St. Louis, Mo.)
    7.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946muster sheet unsigned
    *Relieved for medical reasons after being hospitalized at Saipan.
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