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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 Name (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
  • 16 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego after 1.9 years of service
  • 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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    Day 127k Artist's conception of Day by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Day 11k Francis Daniel Day, born 25 July 1904 in Milburn, N.J., enlisted in the Navy 12 January 1925 and served continuously until his death in USS Oklahoma (BB-37) during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. 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.

    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)
    Bill Gonyo
    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.

    View the USS Day (DE 225), DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.
    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 
    2.) 15 Nov. 1945 - 15 Feb. 1946Lcdr. Richard Albert Cutter, USNR
    3.) 15 Feb. 1946 - 16 May 1946Lcdr. John Forster Collingwood

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

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