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USS Riddle (DE 185)

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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) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 12 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Riddle (DE 185) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 July 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 17 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Anna B. Riddle
  • 17 November 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Radm. Monroe Kelley, Lcdr. Roland H. Cramer, USNR, in command
  • 08 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 12 August 1950: Transferred to France (MDAP), renamed Kabyle (struck and scrapped in 1965)
  • 26 September 1950: Struck from the NVR
  • Note: With 12, Riddle earned more battle stars than any other DE in WWII
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    226k 01 December 1943: the Atlantic Ocean - Commissioned on 17 November at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y., Riddle (DE 185) undergoes post fitting out trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo #19-N-55496 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Chris Wright
    Ocean City, N.J.
    131k date/location unknown, Riddle appears to be passing a line to another ship. Patrick Clancey
    170k 16 December 1944: Riddle underway in the South Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-419688 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    Riddle History
    View the USS Riddle (DE 185) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Riddle as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Riddle's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Nov. 1943 - 12 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Roland H. Cramer, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 12 Aug. 1944 - 01 Jan. 1946Cmdr. Francis P. Steel, USNR (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    3.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 08 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert T. Swengel, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert Currie
    E-mail: Robert Currie

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