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USS Swasey (DE 248)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - Q - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II 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
Swasey (DE248) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 December 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 18 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Catherine Stokes
  • 31 August 1943: Commissioned at Houston, Tex., Lt. H. M. Godsey, USNR, in command
  • 15 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.6 years of service
  • 01 November 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Swasey 118k 18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - Sideways launch of US DE Swasey at the Brown Shipbuilding yard.
    [U.S. National Archives Photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Swasey 96k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy Photo) Dan Johnson
    Swasey 55k
    Swasey 41k
    Swasey 129k 20 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Bow on view of USS Swasey (DE 248) off the New York Navy Yard. In background is USS Stanton (DE 247).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-65682 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Swasey 130k circa June 1945: Charleston Harbor - USS Swasey (DE 248) off Charleston, South Carolina. Photo received from Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, with letter of 5 July 1945.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-85117 and 19-N-85118 from the United States National Archives)
    Swasey 136k

    Swasey History
    View the USS Swasey (DE 248) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Swasey as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Swasey's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 Aug. 1943 - 31 May 1944 Lcdr. Hugh M. Godsey, USNR (Gwynn's Island, Va.)
    2.) 31 May 1944 - 23 Oct. 1945 Lcdr. H.A. White, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.) 23 Oct. 1945 - 17 Dec. 1945Lt. H.T. McDonald, USNR (W. Lafayette, Ind.)
    4.) 17 Dec. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) Lawrence L. May, USNR (Shreveport, La.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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