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USS Enright (DE 216 / APD 66)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - K - I

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation 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
Enright (DE 216) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 February 1943: Keel laid at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, South Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 29 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine L. Enright, mother of Ensign Enright
  • 21 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. Wildner, USN, in command
  • 21 January 1945: Reclassified APD 66, converted at the Boston Naval Shipyard
  • 21 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9 months of service
  • 31 March 1978: Struck from the NVR
  • 14 July 1967: Transferred to Ecuador, renamed 25 de Julio (E-12) (stricken, scrapped, 1989)
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    82k 29 May 1943: Philadelphia Navy Yard - Two views taken moments apart. The christening of six destroyer escorts in a dry-dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The three ships in the foreground are (from left): USS Enright (DE 216), USS Coolbaugh (DE 217) and USS Darby (DE 218). Those in the background are (from left), USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219), USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) and USS Solar (DE 221).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 75610 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of James Russell, 1972)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Assoc. Researcher


    David Wright
    Navsource Archive Manager
    Destroyer Archive
    188k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
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    17 April 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - The second trip across in March 1944 was very similar to the first, but the USS Enright's third trip home from Londonderry, she suffered her first tragedy.
    On 16 April 1944, she was ordered out from the anti-submarine screen to intercept an unidentified ship and divert it from the convoy. A thick fog reduced visibility to about 500 yards.

    At 0906 Enright collided with a Portuguese freighter, S. Thome (English translation "Saint Thomas"). After the collision, USS Burke (DE-215) and USS Weber (DE-675) came to the aid
    of Enright. Only slight damage was sustained by the freighter, but Enright was crippled with a 9 degree list to port, a 65-foot hole in her port quarter, with all living compartments flooded.

    As a result of the collision, a crew member of Enright, Carl Augustus Mims, SF3/c USN, was lost at sea. The USS Enright limped into New York
    and entered the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 17 April 1944. It required thirty days of Navy Yard availability to get her repaired and ready for sea again.

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    Yu Chu
    Brunei Darussalam
    South East Asia

    Enright History
    View the USS Enright (DE 216 / APD 66) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Enright as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Enright's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to the USS Enright Web Site
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Sep. 1943 - 09 Mar. 1944Cmdr. Adolph Wildner, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '32) (Seneca Falls, N.Y.)
    2.) 09 Mar. 1944 - 15 Jun. 1944Lcdr. Ejnar Carl Hogland, USNR (Springfield, Ma.)
    3.) 15 Jun. 1944 - 21 Jul. 1944Lcdr. John Henry Church Jr., USNR (Cape May, N.J.)
    4.) 21 Jul. 1944 - 03 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Addison Bayard Bradley Jr., USNR (Winnetka, Ill.)
    5.) 03 Mar. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946Lcdr. William Francis Folkes Jr., USNR (Norfolk, Va.)
    6.) 15 Jan. 1946 - 21 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Marvin Earl Van Vleck, USN (Decomm. CO) (Rossville, Kan.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Enright's FINAL Reunion:
    17 - 20 September 2013 at Bird In Hand, Pa.
    Contact: Martin Green
    Phone: (954) 683-2345
    E-mail: USS Enright Web Site
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
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    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
    Frequently Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.

    Additional Resources

    USS Enright Web Site
    Navsource APD Pages, USS Enright (APD 66)
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Enright
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