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USS Jordan (DE 204)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - Z - P
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 - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Jordan (DE 204) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 June 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 23 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lucy H. Jordan, widow of Lt. Jordan
  • 17 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. F. C. Billing in command
  • 18 September 1945: Collided with merchant vessel SS John Sherman off Miami, temporarily repaired at Miami, Fla.
  • 19 December 1945: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C. after 2.0 years of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • July 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    Jordan 37k Julian Bethune Jordan was born 11 April 1904, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1925. He served in USS Chester (CA 27), in USS Dobbin (AD 3), and at various shore stations before reporting to USS Oklahoma (BB 37) on 4 August 1938. While serving as assistant engineering officer on board that battleship, he was one of the valiant men who were lost in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.

    USS Jordan (DE 204) (1943-1945) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Bill Gonyo
    Thomason 381k 23 August 1943: Charleton, S.C. - USS Jordan (DE 204) on the left, and USS Thomason (DE 203) on the right, await launching at the Charleston Navy Yard Dale Hargrave
    Jordan 23k undated wartime image - Note the big twin tub for the two single 20 mm oerlikons on the fantail. A light tripod mainmast is fitted for the D/F aerial. (Photo and text from "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World War II" by Peter Elliott) Jon Burdett
    Jordan 161k undated wartime image (Note the distortions where the radar and other electronic devices were; Jordan was used for system testing for awhile, and I suppose that is the reason for the distortions) (Photo courtesy of  RT1c Milton A. Dexheimer, USS Jordan, WWII) Paul E. Wieloszynski

    Paul's USS Myles C. Fox Web Site

    Jordan Memorabilia
    Commemorative Postal Cover
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Launch Program (Cover)
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Launch Program (Inside)
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett

    View the USS Jordan (DE 204) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Jordan's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Dec 1943 - 02 May 1944Lcdr. Fred C. Billing, USNR (comm.) 
    2.) 02 May 1944 - 31 Oct 1945Lcdr. Daniel Bontecou, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Jordan

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