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USS Canfield (DE 262)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II 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
Canfield (DE 262) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 February 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 06 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. L. W. Canfield, mother of Ensign Canfield
  • 22 July 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. J. B. Cleland, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 21 December 1945: Decommissioned at Permanente Metals Co., Yard #2, Richmond, Cal. after 2 years and 5 months of service (ship's logbook shows decommissioned 30 Nov. 1945)
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 June 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    By And/Or Copyright
    287k circa 1944: Port quarter view of USS Canfield (DE 262).

    (U.S. Navy Photo NAID#10048491 from the United States National Archives)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    352k 16 May 1945: San Francisco Bay - Starboard bow on view of Canfield approaching the Navy Yard at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-262 19-N-84878 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    94k 16 May 1945: Stern view of Canfield off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-262-3614-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    183k 16 May 1945: Broadside view. She was in overhaul at the yard from 12 April until 22 May 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-262-3615-45)
    102k 21 May 1945: Amidships looking aft plan view of Canfield at Mare Island. Note new quad 40 mm gun mount aft in circle.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-262-3616-45)
    174k 21 May 1945: Amidships looking forward plan view.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-262-3617-45)
    98k undated wartime image Contributed in memory of
    Robert S. Moore
    CWO, USN (ret.)

    Thanksgiving Day
    Menu 11/22/1945
    Courtesy of
    Tim Rizzuto

    Canfield History
    View the USS Canfield (DE 262) 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.

    Canfield's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Jul. 1943 - 31 Dec. 1943Cmdr. John Belton Cleland Jr., USNR
    2.) 31 Dec. 1943 - 27 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Parker Emanuel Cherry, USNR
    3.) 27 Mar. 1945 - .. Nov. 1945Lcdr. Robert E. Blackwell, USNR
    4.) .. Nov. 1945 - 12 Dec. 1945Lt. John B. Harris Jr., USNR/USN

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