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USS Dionne (DE 261)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - W -X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Dionne (DE 261) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 January 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 10 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lea A. Dionne, mother of Ensign Arthur Louis Dionne
  • 16 July 1943: Commissioned by Captain R. C. Grady, Commandant, Boston Navy Yard; Lcdr. Richard S. Paret, USNR, in command
  • 18 January 1946: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 07 February 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 June 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    30k undated wartime image -
    268k 02 January 1945: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - View of Magazine Loch at Pearl Harbor. USS Dionne (DE 261) & USS McClelland (DE 750) are seen along with an unidentified fleet submarine. Tender USS Orion (AS 18), and subs Burrfish (SS 312) and Piper (SS 409) are in the background.

    (Photo Source: LIFE Magazine Archives - W. Eugene Smith, Photographer)
    (Caption updated by John Chiquoine after coordinating ship's log book pages.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    124k 19 May 1945: Forward plan view of Dionne at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-261-3800-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    110k 21 May 1945: Broadside view of Dionne. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 16 April until 28 May 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-261-3811-45)
    75k 21 May 1945 Karl E. Kempe
    MM 3/c (1944-1945)

    Dionne History
    View the USS Dionne (DE 261) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Dionne as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Dionne's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Jul. 1943 - 07 Sep. 1943Lcdr. Richard Starr Paret, USNR (Santa Barbara, Cal.)
    2.) 07 Sep. 1943 - 17 Jan. 1944Lt. Fred E. Lawton, USNR (Newport, R.I.)
    3.) 17 Jan. 1944 - 08 Sep. 1945Lt. Hugh E. Love Jr., USNR (Boissevain, Va.)
    4.) 08 Sep. 1945 - 18 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Laurance Armistead Peters, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)

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