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USS Snowden (DE 246)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - T - J
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Terryville"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Snowden (DE 246) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 December 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Halford R. Greenlee
  • 23 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. Jackson, Jr., USNR, in command
  • March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6¼ months of service
  • 06 June 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force as a unit of Escort Squadron 14 at Newport, R.I.
  • 15 June 1960: Assigned to NRT, 4th Naval District at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 01 August 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, placed "in service", Lt. M.H. Lasell (OinC) in command, assigned as a unit of Naval Reserve DE Division 4th ND
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, Lcdr. R.W. Leary in command, assigned to Destroyer Division 601 at Key West, Fla.
  • 22 August 1962: Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pa., placed back "in service", Lt. J.W. Shelton (OinC) in command, assigned as a unit of Reserve Destroyer Squadron 30 (ResDesDiv 301)
  • 23 September 1968: Placed "out of service" at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Orange, Tex. with 19 years and 10 months of total service, struck from the NVR, custody to CO, Philadelphia Group, U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 27 June 1969: Sunk as target off Newport, R.I.
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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.

    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE / FF / LCS
    Archive Manager
    39k undated wartime image DESA archives
    396k circa 1956: location unknown (Skyfoto from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-65 Edition) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE / FF / LCS
    Archive Manager
    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)
    Jim Swank
    Tomball, Tex.
    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 Tringas 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 Snowdens 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

    Snowden History
    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. 1943Lcdr. Alexander Jackson Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '25) (Pascagoula, Miss.) (ret. As Radm.)
    2.)  27 Dec. 1943 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Norman W. Swanson, USNR
    3.)  Dec. 1945 Mar. 1946Lt. David M. Graybeal, USNR
    4.)  Mar. 1946 29 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) Frank J. Berends Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (North Saint Paul, Minn.)
    5.)  ~1951Cmdr. Claude Denis Gilchrist, USNR (Recomm. CO) (Hull, England)
    6.)  ~1953Lcdr. Alpine William McLane III, USN (Linesville, Pa.)
    7.)  1955 24 Jun. 1957Cmdr. Allan Hamilton Craig, USN (enl. '35) (Eureka, Utah)
    8.)  24 Jun. 1957 27 Jan. 1959Lcdr. / Cmdr. Jerold Peter Marsh, USN
    9.)  27 Jan. 1959 05 Feb. 1960Lcdr. William Reed Glaser, USN
    10.) 05 Feb. 1960 01 Aug. 1960Lcdr. Andrew Kenneth Shreve, USN (Washington, DC)
    11.) 01 Aug. 1960 03 Oct. 1960Lt. / Lcdr. Max Henry Lasell, USN (OinC) (USNA 50) (Springfield, Vt.)
    12.) 03 Oct. 1960 02 Oct. 1961Lt. Hugh Thomas Campbell, USN (OinC) (Pompton Lakes, N. J.)
    13.) 02 Oct. 1961 22 Aug. 1962Lcdr. Ramon William Leary, USN (Brooklyn, N. Y.)
    14.) 22 Aug. 1962 07 Aug. 1964Lt. James Weber Shelton, USN (OinC) (Beelerton, Ky.)
    15.) 07 Aug. 1964 09 Sep. 1964Lt.(jg) Kenneth Lee Miller, USNR (OinC)
    16.) 09 Sep. 1964 26 Aug. 1966Lt. / Lcdr. Paul Misura, USN (OinC) (Elizabeth, N.J.)
    17.) 26 Aug. 1966 23 Sep. 1968Lt. Dennis Vincent Dougherty, USN (OinC) (Citadel '60) (Hoboken, N.J.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: James E. McKelva ('61 - '62)
    E-mail: James McKelva
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