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USS Day (DE-225)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - B - D
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 w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Day (DE 225) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 July 1943: Keel laid by the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 14 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss G. Day, sister of Chief Water Tender Day
  • 10 June 1944: Commissioned, Cmdr. K. E. Read in command, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • 01 November 1944: Transferred to the Pacific 7th Fleet
  • 09 January 1946: Transferred to the Pacific 19th Reserve Fleet
  • 16 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego after 1 year and 11 months of service, having steamed 83,283 miles
  • 12 July 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 March 1969: Sunk as target off San Clemente Island, Cal.
    Interesting Note: Day had two crewmembers who had to be sent home, one at age 14, and one at age 15.

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    51k Francis Daniel Day, the son of William Day, was born on 25 July 1904 in Millburn, N.J. Growing up with his brother and four sisters, he enlisted in the Navy at the age of twenty on 12 January 1925. Navy life agreed with Day and he decided this would be his career as he moved up the ranks to become a Chief Watertender.

    On 07 December 1941, Day was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37), which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. When the ship was attacked by Japanese. aircraft. Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including CWT Day. Chief Water Tender Day was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his self-sacrifice in risking his life to assist 15 of the crew to escape from a flooded compartment through a submerged porthole.

    From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries, many unidentified. Between June and November 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. To identify Day’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. The remains of Chief Watertender Day were reinterred at the Honolulu Memorial Cemetery in the Courts of the Missing, Court 5 (Recovered).

    USS Day (DE 225) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB-37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    Day 111k undated wartime image -
    Day 79k undated wartime image Scott Doremus
    CMSgt, USAF

    Photos from Scott's Uncle,

    John P. Doremus,
    USS Day 1944 - 1945
    Day 112k starboard view taken while anchored at Subic Bay PI
    Day 135k another starboard view at Subic Bay PI
    Day 60k bow view at anchor in Subic Bay PI
    Day 68k closeup bow view in drydock at Subic Bay PI
    Day 77k closeup bow view in drydock at Subic Bay PI
    Day 76k closeup view of screws and rudders in drydock at Subic Bay PI
    Day 61k stern view of drydock at Subic Bay PI
    Day 85k back at sea
    Day 35k undated: USS Day taking on ammunition at the Fort Mifflin Annex of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
    Day 42k motor whale-boat from USS Day
    Day 36k date / location unknown: Day anchored.

    USS Day Memorabilia
    News Article
    Day's Loss
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    News Article
    USS Day Launch
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Day History
    View the Day (DE 225) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Day as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Day's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Jun. 1944 - 15 Nov. 1945Cmdr. Kendall E. Read, USNR (Comm. CO) (Cynwyd, Pa.)
    2.) 16 Nov. 1945 - 16 Feb. 1946Lcdr. Richard Albert Cutter, USNR
    3.) 16 Feb. 1946 - 16 May 1946Lcdr. John Forster Collingwood, USNR (Decomm. CO) (North Bend, Wa.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: John Farrence
    Address: 1301 Parrott Ave.
    City/State: Scranton PA
    Phone: (570) 347-3115
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