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|81k||Thomas Snowden was born on 12 August 1857 at Peekskill, N.Y. He was appointed a Cadet Midshipman on 25 June 1875 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1879. He served
in USS Vandalia, Standish, Monongahela, Dolphin, and Constellation. Snowden was assigned to the Hydrographic Office,
Naval Observatory, Naval Academy, War College, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. From 1902 to 1905, he served as navigator of USS Illinois (BB 7) and then returned to
Naval Intelligence before joining the Bureau of Equipment.
Snowden returned to sea in 1908 and commanded USS Mayflower (PY-1), USS South Carolina (CA-9), and USS Wyoming (BB 32). He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1917 and, during World War I, served as Commander, Squadron 1 and Division 2, Battleship Force, Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Snowden was awarded the Navy Cross for his service in World War I. After serving with the Atlantic Fleet until 1919, Admiral Snowden was assigned duty as the Military Governor of Santo Domingo with additional duty as Military Representative of the United States in Haiti. Admiral Snowden was transferred to the Retired List on 12 August 1921 and died on 27 January 1930.
USS Snowden (DE 246) (1943-1946, 1951-1962) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
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|39k||undated wartime image||DESA archives|
|396k||circa 1956: location unknown (Skyfoto from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-65 Edition)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|34k||circa 1959: USS Snowden (DE 246), her crew at quarters, ready for leaving port. Snowden's pole mast has been modified to carry her
post-war electronic antennas.|
(U.S. Navy Photo, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
|671k||circa late 1950's: Key West, Fla. - An undated photo of a change of command ceremony being held on the pier head at Trumbo Annex, U.S. Naval Station, Key West,
Fla. On the left are Huse (DE 145) with Snowden (DE 246) behind her. On the right are
Howard D. Crow (DE 252) with Greenwood
(DE 679) tied up behind her.|
(Photo #MM00039629x from the Wright Langley Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
|633k||circa late 1950's: the Atlantic Ocean - USS John Hood (DD 655) and USS Snowden
(DE 246) photographed through a submarine periscope, while underway.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1042008 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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|177k||circa late 1960's: Philadelphia, Pa. - USS Snowden (DE 246) at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) is laid up in the background.|
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 85015, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|365k||20 January 1969: Philadelphia, Pa. - I found these photos in the NISMF files in 1971. I believe one was used in the sales catalog for this ship.
Snowden is up against the quay wall with an ARL outboard. Note the port anchor has been landed. In the stern shot, Turkey (MSCO 56) can be seen just ahead and
the headquarter ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in the distance.
(Photo credit: Photo lab, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard)
|408k||I recently had some old slides scanned into digital form, and came across these taken in the Summer of 1969. The ex-Snowden was brought to New London for use as a target, and my first home, the USS Tringa (ASR 16) was assigned to tow her out to the operating area where she would be sunk. I had an "interesting" time as Tringa’s First Lieutenant getting her rigged for tow and verifying that temporarily installed flooding alarms would actually work. My CO insisted that we tow her "by the book", so we rigged her as though we were headed off for a lengthy tow as opposed to about 100 miles or so. Anyhow, the first pic is just after we released the tow, the second is the (barely visible) waterspout from the torpedo strike launched by the USS Jack (SSN 605) and the final shot is Snowden’s last view from above the surface. My apologies to all the former Snowden sailors for participating in the sinking of their old home, but at the time it was an assignment for Tringa and we did our job.||Chris Williams|
|View the USS Snowden (DE 246) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Snowden's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 23 Aug. 1943 – 27 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. Alexander Jackson Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '25) (Pascagoula, Miss.) (ret. As Radm.)|
|2.) 27 Dec. 1943 – Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Norman W. Swanson, USNR|
|3.) Dec. 1945 – Mar. 1946||Lt. David M. Graybeal, USNR|
|4.) Mar. 1946 – 29 Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) Frank J. Berends Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (North Saint Paul, Minn.)|
|5.) ~1951||Cmdr. Claude Denis Gilchrist, USNR (Recomm. CO) (Hull, England)|
|6.) ~1953||Lcdr. Alpine William McLane III, USN (Linesville, Pa.)|
|7.) 1955 – 24 Jun. 1957||Cmdr. Allan Hamilton Craig, USN (enl. '35) (Eureka, Utah)|
|8.) 24 Jun. 1957 – 27 Jan. 1959||Lcdr. / Cmdr. Jerold Peter Marsh, USN|
|9.) 27 Jan. 1959 – 05 Feb. 1960||Lcdr. William Reed Glaser, USN|
|10.) 05 Feb. 1960 – 01 Aug. 1960||Lcdr. Andrew Kenneth Shreve, USN (Washington, DC)|
|11.) 01 Aug. 1960 – 03 Oct. 1960||Lt. / Lcdr. Max Henry Lasell, USN (OinC) (USNA ‘50) (Springfield, Vt.)|
|12.) 03 Oct. 1960 – 02 Oct. 1961||Lt. Hugh Thomas Campbell, USN (OinC) (Pompton Lakes, N. J.)|
|13.) 02 Oct. 1961 – 22 Aug. 1962||Lcdr. Ramon William Leary, USN (Brooklyn, N. Y.)|
|14.) 22 Aug. 1962 – 07 Aug. 1964||Lt. James Weber Shelton, USN (OinC) (Beelerton, Ky.)|
|15.) 07 Aug. 1964 – 09 Sep. 1964||Lt.(jg) Kenneth Lee Miller, USNR (OinC)|
|16.) 09 Sep. 1964 – 26 Aug. 1966||Lt. / Lcdr. Paul Misura, USN (OinC) (Elizabeth, N.J.)|
|17.) 26 Aug. 1966 – 23 Sep. 1968||Lt. Dennis Vincent Dougherty, USN (OinC) (Citadel '60) (Hoboken, N.J.)|
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