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USS Eldridge (DE 173)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II 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
Eldridge (DE 173) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 February 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 25 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John Eldridge, Jr., widow of Lieutenant Commander Eldridge
  • 27 August 1943: Commissioned, Lt. C. R. Hamilton, USNR, in command
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.8 years of service
  • 15 January 1951: Transferred (MDAP) to Greece, renamed Leon (D-54) (stricken in 1991, reported to be laid up in Souda Bay Crete in Terminal Reserve as of 1/98)
  • 26 March 1951: Struck from the NVR
  • NOTE: Eldridge was the subject of the much publicized book and movie "The Philadelphia Experiment"
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    Eldridge 8k John Eldridge, Jr., born 10 October 1903 in Buckingham County, Va., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927. After flight training at Pensacola, Fla., he served at various stations on aviation duty. From 11 September 1941 he was Commander, Scouting Squadron 71, attached to USS Wasp (CV 7). Lieutenant Commander Eldridge was killed in action in the Solomons 2 November 1942. For his extraordinary heroism in leading the air attack on Japanese positions in the initial invasion of the Solomons, 7 and 8 August 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Eldridge (DE 173) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Home of Heroes)
    Bill Gonyo
    Eldridge 97k Eldridge, of the Bostwick class doing her full speed. These ships retained the long-hull form of the Buckley class, but are distinguished by their funnel form, taller than that of the Evarts type. [U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Eldridge 13k undated wartime images Rick McMillian
    Eldridge 31k
    Eldridge 82k
    Eldridge 178k 15 January 1951: Boston, Mass. - Eldridge's commissioning ceremony into the Greek Navy.
    Eldridge 46k circa 1952: as HNS Leon (D-54) Robert Hurst
    Eldridge 86k 1960's: as HNS Leon (D-54), Tony Vrailas

    View the USS Eldridge (DE 173) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Eldridge's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 Aug. 1943 - 21 Apr. 1944Lcdr. Charles R. Hamilton, USNR 
    2.) 21 Apr. 1944 - 30 Nov. 1945Lcdr. William Kent Van Allen, USNR
    3.) 30 Nov. 1945 - 05 Dec. 1945Lcdr. James M. Manire, USNR
    4.) 03 Jan. 1946 - 02 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Rufus K. Guthrie, USNR
    5.) 01 May 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946unsigned muster    Muster Ends

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