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USS Swasey (DE 248)

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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 years and 6 months of service
  • 01 November 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Swasey 286k Charles Henry Swasey was born on 21 June 1839 to Albert and Phoebe Homans (Loring) Swasey in Taunton, Massachusetts. Admitted to the Naval Academy from Taunton, Massachusetts, he was appointed Midshipman on 28 September 1854 at age 15 years and 3 months. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1859, he served as a midshipman in the steam sloop Hartford. He was commissioned lieutenant on 31 August 1861. In September 1862 he reported to the steamer USS Tennessee. Lieutenant Swasey served aboard Varuna in the engagement with the Confederate steamer CSS Governor Moore below New Orleans on 24 April 1862 and as executive officer of USS Sciota on the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Lieutenant Swasey was wounded during an engagement with Confederate forces near Donaldsonville, La., on 04 October 1862 and died the same day. His body was laid to rest in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Taunton, Massachusetts.

    USS Swasey (DE 248) (1943-1946) was the second ship named in his honor, she was preceeded by Library of Congress)
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    Swasey 1.27m "THE CATTLE DRIVE" Articles describing the operation that caused Lt. Swasey to lose his life; excerpted from "Lincoln's Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron During the Civil War" by Robert M. Browning Jr. and "A Dog Before a Soldier" by Chuck Veit.
    Swasey 675k "WHO LIES HERE - A lieutenant's family," A news article from The Taunton Daily Gazette, of October 4, 2011, describing Lt. Swaseys' death and final resting place.
    Swasey 314k 18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - Ship's sponsor of the future USS Swasey, Miss Catherine Stokes, at the launching ceremony on Thursday 18 March 1943 at the Brown Shipbuilding Co. in Houston.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48141 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Swasey 127k 18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - Ship's sponsor, Miss Catherine Stokes, accompanied by her matron-of-honor, prepares to christen the future USS Swasey (DE 248).

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48143 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Swasey 418k 18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - The future USS Swasey is side launched at her christening ceremony at the Brown Shipbuilding yard.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48144 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Swasey 319k 19 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Three views of USS Swasey (DE 248) preparing to anchor in Gravesend Bay, off the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, New York. Swasey had been in the New York Navy Yard since 08 March undergoing drydocking and repairs. Departing the Navy Yard at 09:27, she anchored in Gravesend Bay at 11:10 to onload ammunition. With her onload completed late in the afternoon, she departed at 16:30 to meet with USS Stanton (DE 247) off Montauk Point for exercises before transitting to Norfolk, Va. the following morning.

    (U.S. Navy Photos #19-N-65681, 19-N-65679, and 19-N-65680 from the United States National Archives)
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    Clifton, N.J.

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    Swasey 375k 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 05 July 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-85117 and 19-N-85118 from the United States National Archives)
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    Swasey 371k 02 July 1945: Charleston, S.C. - Four views of USS Swasey (DE 248) approaching and passing under the Cooper River Bridge on her way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for refresher training after an extended yard period. She had left the Charleston Navy Yard at 07:32 that morning after spending the month of June undergoing repairs at the Navy Yard. Also in the yard at the same time was Stanton (DE 247), her sister ship and squadron mate. These two ships seem to have spent their entire careers being scheduled together.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives Photos #19-N-85123, 19-N-85122, 19-N-85124, and 19-N-85120 from the United States National Archives)
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    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
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    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.)

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