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USS Hodges (DE 231)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Hodges (DE 231) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 September 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 09 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Dorothy Jane Hodges, sister of Ensign Hodges
  • 27 May 1944: Commissioned by Radm. Jules James, Commandant Sixth Naval District, Lcdr. Victor B. Staadecker in command
  • 22 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego after 2 years and 1 month of service, having steamed 78,781 miles
  • 01 October 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    39k Flournoy Glen Hodges was born 22 January 1919 in Dover, Ga. He attended the University of Georgia and entered the Naval Reserve on 13 May 1940 at Macon, Ga. He had preliminary flight training at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base at Miami, and was appointed aviation cadet on 15 August 1940. After more flight training at the Naval Air Stations at Pensacola and Miami, he was commissioned an Ensign on 15 April 1941 and ordered to a torpedo squadron in the Pacific. He was shot down and reported missing during the Battle of Midway on 04 June 1942. Ens. Hodges was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) on 15 June 1942.

    USS Hodges (DE 231) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the University of Georgia thanks to Jan Mazzucco, Dep't Manager, Alumni Records Dep't)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    45k Two undated wartime images -
    175k undated wartime image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    461k 27 September 1944: Cape Cod Canal, Mass. - Starboard bow view of USS Hodges (DE 231), heading south through the Cape Cod Canal wearing Measure 32/3d reversed camouflage scheme.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-240427 from the United States National Archives, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson at Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    81k 27 September 1944: Cape Cod Canal, Mass. - Starboard quarter view of USS Hodges from the air in the Cape Cod Canal. This photo was taken by an aircraft from squadron ZP-11. Hodges sailed from New York on 14 October 1944, for the Pacific.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-280106 from the United States National Archives)

    Hodges History
    View the USS Hodges (DE 231) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Hodges' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 May 1944 - 26 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Victor B. Staadecker, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 26 Sep. 1944 - 01 Jan. 1946Cmdr. John A. Gorham, USNR 
    3.) 02 Jan. 1946 - 06 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Thomas Chapin Buell (Santiago, Chile)
    4.) 06 Mar. 1945 - 22 Jun. 1946Lcdr. John J. Murphy, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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