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|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)
|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
|13k||undated wartime images||Rick McMillian|
|178k||15 January 1951: Boston, Mass. - Eldridge's commissioning ceremony into the Greek Navy.|
|46k||circa 1952: as HNS Leon (D-54)||Robert Hurst|
|86k||1960's: as HNS Leon (D-54),||Tony Vrailas|
|Eldridge's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 27 Aug. 1943 - 21 Apr. 1944||Lcdr. Charles R. Hamilton, USNR|
|2.) 21 Apr. 1944 - 30 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. William Kent Van Allen, USNR|
|3.) 30 Nov. 1945 - 05 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James M. Manire, USNR|
|4.) 03 Jan. 1946 - 02 Apr. 1946||Lt.(jg) Rufus K. Guthrie, USNR|
|5.) 01 May 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946||unsigned muster Muster Ends|
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