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USS Roche (DE 197)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - X - U - L
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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
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
Roche (DE 197) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 October 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 09 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Carrie M. Roche; and commissioned 21 February 1944,
  • 21 February 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lt. Robert E. Parker in command
  • 22 September 1945: Departed Eniwetok destined for Japan
  • 29 September 1945: Struck a mine while heading into Tokyo Bay while escorting USS Florence Nightingale (AP 70) (3 killed, 10 wounded)
  • 18 October 1945: An INSURV board conducted while moored to USS Telemon (ARB 8), at Sasebo, Japan, found her to be damaged beyond economical repair
  • 11 March 1946: Scuttled off Yokosuka, Japan
  • 05 June 1946: Struck from the NVR
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    Roche 244k David John Roche was born in Hibbing, Minn. on 2 December 1918 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as seaman second class on 13 November 1939. He was appointed aviation cadet effective 15 February 1940, designated naval aviator (heavier-than-air), 14 October, and became an ensign, USNR, effective 21 October 1940. Following training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron 3 and reported for duty on 1 December. He was officially reported missing in action as of 4 June 1942, when the plane he was piloting was shot down in the Battle of Midway. For pressing home his torpedo attack on Japanese naval units in the face of tremendous antiaircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Roche (DE 197) (1944-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 95554 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

    Bill Gonyo
    Roche 101k date / location unknown (© U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archives) NCC Eugene Grenier

    View the USS Roche (DE 197) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Roche's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
     
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Feb. 1944 - 06 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Robert E. Parker, USNR  (comm)
    2.) 06 Jan. 1945 - 16 Nov. 1945Lcdr. William S. Laidley, USNR   
    3.) 16 Nov. 1945 - 10 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) John E. Jay (decomm)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Mike Friel
    Address: 110 North Road / Wilmington DE 19809-3019
    Phone: (302) 764-7620
    E-mail: macgouch@delinet.com

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