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USS Connolly (DE 306)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Connolly (DE 306) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 June 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 15 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary Francis Connolly
  • 08 July 1944: Commissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Lt. William A. Collier, USNR, in command
  • 27 September 1945: Departed Pearl Harbor in company with Finnegan (DE 307) for Charleston, S.C., via San Pedro, Cal., for decommissioning
  • 22 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Charleston Navy Yard, S.C. after 1 year and 4˝ months of service
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 May 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    Connolly 338k 15 January 1944: Vallejo, Cal.Connolly (DE 306) is ready to be launched at Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo )
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Connolly 150k 05 July 1944: Forward plan view of USS Connolly (DE 306) at Mare Island. Trepang (SS 412) is aft of Connolly at her outfitting berth.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4208-44)
    Connolly 137k 05 July 1944: Aft plan view of Connolly at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4207-44)
    Connolly 152k 08 July 1944: Captain Cook (Captain of the Yard) is the speaker at the commissioning of USS Connolly at Mare Island. (On a personal note: I once worked in the building in the background, Bldg. 69).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4347-44)
    Connolly 86k 18 July 1944: Bow on view of Connolly departing Mare Island. Her final departure from yard was on 19 July 1944.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4624-44)
    Connolly 87k 18 July 1944: Stern view of Connolly departing Mare Island. Her final departure was on 19 July 1944.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4625-44)
    Connolly 130k 18 July 1944: Broadside view of Connolly departing Mare Island. Her final departure was on 19 July 1944.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-306-4628-44)
    Herschel Hamner
    Connolly 82k 01 August 1944: San Francisco Bay - USS Connolly (DE 306) was photographed from an aircraft from Alameda Naval Air Station, California. Even by this date the deck pattern has been painted solid deck blue. The angled depth charge racks and two pairs of depth charge throwers of the Evarts class can easily be seen and may have been required by the lack of deck space in order to maintain the size and effectiveness of the pattern of the depth charges entering the water.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-3243637 courtesy of C. Lee Johnson from the Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Connolly Memorabilia
    Launch Order
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker

    Connolly History
    View the USS Connolly (DE 306) 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 Connolly as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Connolly's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 08 Jul. 1944 - 22 Nov. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. William A. Collier, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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