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USS Sloat (DE 245)

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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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Sloat (DE 245) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 November 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 21 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Deason
  • 16 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. E. E. Garcia in command
  • 06 August 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 11⅓ months of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 April 1972: Sold to the Peck Equipment Co., Portsmouth, Va. for scrapping
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    105k John Drake Sloat was born in Sloatbury, N.Y., on 26 July 1781 and was appointed Midshipman in the United States Navy on 12 February 1800. He was sailing master of United States under Commodore Decatur and was promoted to Lieutenant for conspicuous gallantry in the capture of HMS Macedonian on 25 October 1812. He cruised in Grampus, Franklin, Washington, and St. Louis, between 1815 and 1831 and commanded the Pacific Squadron between 1844 and 1846, rendering efficient service on the coast of California in the early part of the Mexican War. Under his direction, the American flag was hoisted on 07 July 1846 above Monterey, symbolizing the conquest of that part of California by the United States. He subsequently held a number of commands ashore including making the plans for the Mare Island Navy Yard and directing the construction of the Stevens Battery in 1855. He was appointed Rear Admiral on the retired list on 25 July 1866 and died at New Brighton, Staten Island, N.Y., on 28 November 1867.

    USS Sloat (DE 245) (1943-1947) was the second ship named in his honor, preceded by DD 316 (1920-1930).

    (Photo from The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    100k undated late wartime image -
    146k undated: Sloat crewmembers relaxing for a group photo. George's grandfather, S1c George Galioto is on the far left. Joining the U.S. Naval Reserve on 09 March 1944 at Cleveland, Oh., he reported aboard Sloat on 04 May 1944 at the New York Navy Yard. He served aboard until 01 May 1946 when Sloat returned to San Pedro, Cal. and he was transferred to the Personnel Separation Center at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. George Galioto
    Merritt Island, Fla.


    Dragon Card
    Courtesy of
    George Galioto

    Sloat History
    View the USS Sloat (DE 245) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Sloat's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Aug. 1943 - 31 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Edmund Ernest Garcia, USN (USNA '27) (Philadelphia, Pa.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 31 Jan. 1944 - .. May 1945Lcdr. W. A. Cashman, USNR
    3.) .. May 1945 - .. Jun. 1945Lcdr. G. B. Atterbury, USNR
    4.) .. Jun. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946Lt. A. S. Lane, USNR
    5.) .. Feb. 1946 - Lt. Henry Walter Ancell

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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