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USS Wingfield (DE 194)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - D - Q
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 - 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
Wingfield (DE 194) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 October 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 30 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. E. Wingfield
  • 28 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr H. E. Purdy in command
  • 26 August 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 7 months of service
  • 15 September 1950: Transferred to France under terms of the Military Defense Assistance Program, renamed Sakalave (F-720) (Sold, scrapped 1960)
  • 20 October 1950: Stuck from the NVR
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    200k May 1945: USS Wingfield (DE 194) underway somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. John Adriani

    All photos in this series
    from the collection of
    Al VanWagner
    139k 1945: Port side view
    184k 1945: Port side view
    147k 1945: A stormy day on the Pacific Ocean in 1945. Photo looking aft down the port side, and the main deck is awash.
    159k 1945: Plowing through a stormy Pacific Ocean.
    162k 1945: Deckhands pulling a breeching line under the supervision of Lt. Clark while transferring supplies, mail and movies with the adjacent ship.
    191k 1945: The Jersey crew on the aft 40mm. WWII had just ended since battle helmets are not obvious, and Wingfield was heading home to the reserve fleet.
    187k 1946: Aerial view of Wingfield at anchor during an ammo off load at the Earle Naval Ammunition Depot, Leonardo, NJ. A tug and a barge belonging to Amboy Towing are on the starboard side, with a second unidentified tug-like personnel ferry along the port side.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #N-11105)
    159k 1946: as above, ammo offload continues.
    179k 1946: as above, ammo offload continues.

    Wingfield Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

    Wingfield History
    View the USS Wingfield (DE 194) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Wingfield's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 28 Jan. 1944 - 04 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Howard E. Purdy, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 04 Oct. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Robert C. Jeorg III, USNR
    3.) 01 Oct. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt. Francis W. Wineinger, USNR
    4.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946Lt. Harry B. Dowley, USNR
    5.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 15 Jun. 1946unsigned muster sheet (Decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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