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|23k||Herbert Hugo Menges was born in Louisville, Ky. on 20 January 1917. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve as seaman second class at Robertson, Mo. on 3 July 1939. Appointed naval aviator 24 July 1940, he was assigned to Squadron 6 on Enterprise (CV 6) 28 November 1940. Ensign Menges was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.|
USS Menges (DE 320) (1943 - 1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|110k||undated (official U.S.C.G. photo)||Mike Green|
|165k||Menges as she looked from midships and above while being towed to North Africa after being struck by an acoustic torpedo fired from U-371. (Top: U.S. Navy Photo; Bottom: U.S. Coast Guard photo)||Bill Gonyo|
|113k||Menges being assisted by a Navy tugboat. (U.S. Navy Photo)|
|100k||Menges (left) and USS Holder (DE 401) (right) in drydock prior to their "melding." Note the welded repair plate across the Menges' stern area which was used during her tow across the Atlantic. (U.S. Navy Photo)|
|178k||August 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Photo of the USS Menges (DE 320) in Drydock 2 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with the temporary stern towing repair plate removed. The ship is being prepared to be melded to the stern of the decommissioned Holder (DE 401). (U.S. Navy Photo)||Mike Green|
|166k||Holder's stern is transplanted to Menges. (U.S. Navy Photo)||Bill Gonyo|
|285k||'DOOMED' COAST GUARD-MANNED DE BACK IN ACTION AFTER 'SURGICAL MIRACLE' MAKES ONE SHIP FROM TWO: BEFORE - The Coast Guard-manned destroyer escort USS Menges, thought doomed after being torpedoed in May 1944, is back in action again today as a result of a 'miracle surgical operation' which took two torpedoed DE's and made them into one healthy, fighting ship. Shown here from the mast, looking aft, in Mediterranean convoy two weeks before falling victim to a German sub, Menges lost a third of her hull when the underwater missile ripped into her stern. The Coast guard skipper refused to abandon ship. After transferring dead and wounded the stricken vessel was towed to North Africa and then to New York. There, the Navy Bureau of Ships conceived the plan of making one whole ship out of two disabled ones, and American shipyard workers did the job. Half of the USS Holder, another torpedoed DE in dock for repairs, and the floating portion of the Menges were joined. Today, two men o' war fight as one." (no date; CG Photo No. 4624)|
|Menges' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 26 Oct. 1943 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Frank M. McCabe (USCG)|
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