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USS Micka (DE 176)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - 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
Micka (DE 176) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 May 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 22 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Edward Micka, widow of Lieutenant Micka
  • 23 September 1943: Commissioned, Lt. G. C. Spencer in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8¾ months of service
  • 01 August 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 May 1967: Sold for scrapping to the Peck Iron & Metal Co., Portsmouth, Va.
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    53k Edward Micka was born in Cayuga, Sargent County, North Dakota on 10 October 1915 to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Sophia Micka. Lt. Edward "Eddie" Micka grew up in Billings, Montana. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy 19 June 1934. Appointed midshipman from the Navy at large the following year in 1935, and was commissioned ensign 01 June 1939. He served in Minneapolis and Clemson prior to receiving his wings as a Navy pilot and was attached to Fighting Squadron 9, onboard Ranger, in November 1942. On the 8th, he led three flights in support of the initial phase of Operation "Torch," the assault and occupation of Morocco. In the first two flights he led his sections against airdromes at Rabat-Sale and Port Lyautey, destroying at least 17 hostile planes on the ground. During his third flight he led his section in direct support of the ground forces by destroying several machinegun nests. Two days later he participated in the attack on the Mediouna airdrome, conducting strafing runs at low altitudes. Lieutenant Micka lost his life on the fifth run when his plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously "for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in action as a pilot" during Operation "Torch." He was also awarded the Purple Heart.

    USS Micka (DE 176) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1939.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    61k November 1945: Pearl Harbor - Taken from USS Hemminger (DE 746). Mrs. Jan Edwards
    Robert Taylor
    95k undated wartime image Jason Stevenson
    for his grandfather,
    George Stevenson

    Micka History
    View the USS Micka (DE 176) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Micka's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Sep. 1943 - 03 Apr. 1944Lt. John Curtis Spencer, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '39) (Richmond, Va.)
    2.) 03 Apr. 1944 - 02 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Robert Thornton Reid, USNR (Salem, Ind.)
    3.) 02 Dec. 1945 - 22 Feb. 1946Lt. Charles John Harvi, USNR 
    4.) 22 Feb. 1946 - 26 Feb. 1946Lt. John Jacob Paull, USNR (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    5.) 26 Feb. 1946 - 31 May 1946 Lt.(jg) Irving Ernest Liss, USNR
    6.) 31 May 1946 - 14 Jun. 1946muster sheet unsigned 

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Billy Way
    Address: PO Box 15526
    City / State: Baton Rouge LA 70895-5526
    Phone: (225) 926-7030
    E-mail: W. Way
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