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USS Liddle (DE 206 / APD 60)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - I - U
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Discount W"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)
Second Row: China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Dominican Republic) - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Liddle (DE 206) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 June 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 09 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William Porter Liddle, mother of Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class William Porter Liddle, Jr.
  • 06 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. R. M. Hinckley, Jr., in command
  • 05 July 1944: Reclassified APD 60, converted at New York
  • 18 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6⅓ months of service
  • 27 October 1950: Recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., Lcdr Kenneth W. Miller in command, assigned to Little Creek, Va. as a unit of Transport Division 22
  • 21 March 1955: Homeport assignment changed to New Orleans, La. as a unit of the Naval Reserve Training Unit
  • 15 January 1958: Reassigned to Reserve Escort Squadron 4 at New Orleans
  • 02 February 1959: Decommissioned after 8 years and 3¼ months of service
  • 29 November 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, Lcdr. Royal R. Ross in command, assigned to Little Creek, Va.
  • 18 March 1967: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 5 years and 3⅔ months of service, her crew immediately cross-decked to Beverly W. Reid (APD 119)
  • 05 April 1967: Struck from the NVR with 16 years and 1¼ months of total service
  • 25 June1967: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington, Del.
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    26k 06 December 1943: Charleston Naval Shipyard - Adm. Jules James, CO Charleston Navy Yard with Mrs. William Porter Liddle and Dora Frances Liddle at USS Liddle's christening / commissioning. Robert Hall
    41k 06 December 1943: Charleston Naval Shipyard - Adm. Jules James, CO Charleston Navy Yard with Mrs. William Porter Liddle, mother of Pharmacist Mate 3c Liddle.
    50k 06 December 1943: Charleston Naval Shipyard - Jane Britton presenting flowers to Mrs. Liddle while Adm. James looks on.
    201k 06 December 1943: Charleston Naval Shipyard - Liddle's crew watches as Mrs. William Porter Liddle christens the ship. Harold S. Deal
    Phm 1/c, USS Liddle
    from his grandson

    Jeff Deal
    227k 06 December 1943: Charleston Naval Shipyard - Crew members stand uncovered as a benediction is given after Liddle's commissioning.
    449k 03 May 1944: Mew York, N.Y. - USS Liddle underway off New York City. She had arrived at the New York Navy Yard on 23 April 1944 for routine repairs and upkeep. She got underway on 03 May for Graves End Bay, where she onloaded ammunition, and then joined Escort Division 52 enroute to Casco Bay, Maine.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 85671 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    246k May 1944 John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.

    Liddle History
    View the USS Liddle (DE 206 / APD 60) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Liddle's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  06 Dec. 1943 - 02 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Robert Messinger Hinckley Jr. (Comm. CO) (USNA '35) (Washington, D.C.)
    2.)  02 Aug. 1944 - 07 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Lloyd Christian Brogger, USNR * (USNA '35) (Butterfield, Minn.)
    3.)  07 Dec. 1944 - 10 Dec. 1944Lt. Richard K. Hawes Jr. (XO) (Fall River, Mass.)
    4.)  10 Dec. 1944 - 07 Dec. 1945Cmdr. William DeWitt Kennedy (Decomm. CO)
          Decommissioned 18 Jun. 1946 - 27 Oct. 1950
    5.)  27 Oct. 1950 - .. Jul. 1951Lcdr. Kenneth Woodrow Miller (Recomm. CO)
    6.)  .. Jul. 1951 - .. Feb. 1952Lcdr. Robert Judson Sammons (USNA '43) (College Station, Tex.)
    7.)  .. Mar. 1953 - .. Mar. 1954Lcdr. Joseph Brennan Drachnik (USNA '43) (Berkeley, Cal.)
    10.) .. Feb. 1958 - .. .... 1959Lcdr. Arthur Whyte Price Jr.** (prior enl.) (Trenton, N.J.) (ret. as Radm.)
    12.) 29 Nov. 1961 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Royal Robert Ross (Recomm. CO)
    13.) .. .... .... - .. .... ....Lcdr. Rowland E. Burnham
    14.) .. Aug. 1965 - 18 Mar. 1967Lcdr. Aloysius Gonzaga Hennessey Jr. (Decomm. CO)

    * Killed in action when a Japanese Zero hit the bridge at Ormoc Bay, the Philippine Islands.
    ** one of only three enlisted pilots to achieve flag rank

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2009 Reunion for the Battle of Ormoc Bay Association
    10 - 14 September 2009
    Crown Plaza Hotel at Alexandria, Va.
    Contact: Irwin J. Kappes
    Address: 522 North Shore
    City/State: Tinton Falls NJ 07753
    Phone: (732) 922-6438
    E-mail: Irwin Kappes
    Contact: William M. Dallam (Sec'y/Treas., Ormoc Bay Assoc.)
    Address: 117 Tuscarora St.
    City/State: Harrisburg PA 17104
    E-mail: William Dallam
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