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USS Menges (DE 320)

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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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII 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
Menges (DE 320) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 March 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 15 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Charles Menges, mother of the late Ensign Menges
  • 26 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Frank M. McCabe, USCG, in command
  • 03 May 1944: While 15 miles astern of a convoy, she was hit at 0118 by an acoustic torpedo from U-371, with 31 men killed and 25 wounded. Towed to Bougie, Algeria by HMS Aspirant.
  • 23 June 1944: With temporary repairs made, departed Oran, Algeria under tow of Carib (AT 82) for New York.
  • 22 July 1944: Arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y. where the stern of torpedoed Holder (DE 401) was welded to Menges' forward section
  • 26 September 1944: Departed New York for shakedown at Casco Bay, Maine before rejoining the fleet
  • January 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 April 1972: Sold for scrapping
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    Menges 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 03 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.

    Bill Gonyo
    Menges 110k undated (official U.S.C.G. photo) Mike Green
    Menges 185k 20 April 1944: the Mediterranean - One of many rescued by Coast Guardsmen of two Destroyer Escorts during a German bomber attack off the coast of North Africa, a U.S. Navy seaman relaxes as two Coast Guardsmen scrape a thick coating of oil from his body. The survivor's ship, the USS Lansdale (DD 426), was sunk by Nazi planes. The Coast Guardsmen in this picture are: Virgil Mathis (left), Motor Machinist's Mate, of St. Augustine, Fla.; and Melvin Howard of Pittsburg, Kansas. These men are on board the Coast Guard-manned Destroyer Menges (DE-320), when it picked up 119 survivors of the ill-fated destroyer Lansdale. Virgil Mathis later was himself a survivor when Menges was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine on May 3, 1944. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo #2140 by PhoM1/c Arthur Green, USCGR. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.) Bill Gonyo
    Menges 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)
    Menges 466k
    Menges 113k Menges being assisted by a Navy tugboat. (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Menges 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)
    Menges 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
    Menges 166k Holder's stern is transplanted to Menges. (U.S. Navy Photo) Bill Gonyo
    Menges 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 History
    View the USS Menges (DE 320) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Menges' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Oct. 1943 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Frank M. McCabe (USCG) (comm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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