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USS Newell (DE 322)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - R - Z
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Red Cloud"


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/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal -
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars - United Nations Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
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
Newell (DE 322) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 April 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 29 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Byron B. Newell, wife of Lt. Comdr. Newell
  • 30 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Russell J. Roberts, USCG, in command
  • 20 November 1945: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
  • 20 July 1951: Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard and recommissioned as USCG WDE-422, assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 01 June 1954: Returned to the U.S. Navy and decommissioned at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified and converted to DER 322 at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • 20 August 1957: Recommissioned at Long Beach, Cal., assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of the Pacific Barrier, the westward extension of the DEW Line
  • 21 September 1968: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 December 1971: Sold for scrapping. After her engines were removed, her hulk was used by 20th Century Fox in the making of the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora".
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    Newell 7k Byron Bruce Newell, born in Camp Hill, Ala. 29 November 1909, graduated from the Naval Academy 5 June 1930. During the next decade he completed flight training and served in New Mexico, Saratoga, DDecatur, Kanawha, and at the Naval Observatory, Washington. D.C. In August 1939 he reported to cargo ship Gold Star, home ported at Guam, before returning to Newport News for fitting out Hornet (CV 8). Soon after the new carrier commissioned 20 October 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor plunging the United States into World War II. Newell served in the great flattop throughout her career. As she carried Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s Army B-25 bombers to less than 650 miles from Japan and launched them 18 April 1942 for their historic raid on Tokyo; as she helped rout a powerful Japanese task force in the decisive Battle of Midway. On the morning of 26 October, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, a delayed action bomb exploded on the carrier’s fan tail killing Lt. Comdr. Newell.

    USS Newell (DE322) (1943-1968) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Newell 119k 29 June 1943: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Eleanor Newell, widow of Lcdr. Byron Newell, christens USS Newell Maj. John W. Newell (USAR)
    grandson of ship's namesake
    Newell 130k 29 June 1943: Orange, Tex. - launching of USS Newell
    Newell 65k 2 June 1944: New York - At anchor in New York Harbor, while painted in a modified version of Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3D. (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91564, Naval History and Heritage Command) Mike Green
    Newell 69k 2 June 1944: New York - As previous photo (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91565, Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Newell 69k 2 June 1944: New York - As previous photo (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91566, Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Newell 65k 2 June 1944: New York - As previous photo (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91567, Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Newell 73k 2 June 1944: New York - As previous photo (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91568, Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Newell 64 2 June 1944: New York - As previous photo (Photographed by the New York Navy Yard, courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy photo #NH91569, Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Newell 8k undated wartime image Maj. John W. Newell (USAR)
    Lcdr Byron Newell's grandson
    Newell 106k 20 August 1956: At the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California - Awaiting conversion to a radar picket ship. She is wearing U.S. Coast Guard markings, used during her service as USCGC Newell (WDE422) in 1951-1954. (Courtesy of A.D. Baker III, Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Naval Historical Center, photo #NH 91592)
    Newell 22k undated, as DER 322
    Newell 10k
    Newell 18k
    Newell 151k 4 November 1957: San Diego, Calif. - Newell underway off Point Loma. (U.S. Navy photos #NH103235 & NH103236 from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Robert Hurst
    Newell 92k
    Newell 80k 1 June 1964: Underway in Pearl Harbor Channel, Hawaii. (Official U.S. Navy photo #NH103237 by PH2 O'Brien, Naval History and Heritage Command) Mike Green
    Newell 17k c.1967: Market Time Ops, off coast of South Vietnam, Newell about to start an UNREP -
    Newell 95k - -
    Newell 61k PCF-60 returning to Newell for refueling and change of crews on the DER mothership -
    Newell 63k a PCF patrol craft fast alongside Newell. Swift boats used DER's as remote bases, rotating crews, keeping the patrol craft on station for long periods at great distances from its parent base -
    Newell 11k Fall 1967: during Market Time Patrols near Qui Nhon, RVN. About to receive swift boat alongside to change crews. Pete Rabey
    Newell 11k Fall 1967: during Market Time Patrols near Qui Nhon, RVN. About to receive swift boat alongside to change crews
    Newell 7k Fall 1967: during Market Time Patrols near Qui Nhon, RVN. Rigged with bumpers, fenders, and tires to bring alongside patrol craft, and to receive and search suspect wooden and steel-hulled vessels Larry Lawniczak
    Newell 7k Fall 1967: during Market Time Patrols near Qui Nhon, RVN. Junk along side to be inspected
    Newell 12k Fall 1967: searching a junk
    Newell 16k Fall 1967: searching a small craft
    Newell 19k undated Vietnam era photo Paul M. Lafave
    Newell 19k February 1968: Hobart, Australia - Newell seen on a port visit to Hobart. Rex Cox
    World Ship Society
    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    Newell 92k undated Vietnam era photo Tommy Trampp

    Newell
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Plaque
    Newell
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    View the USS Newell (DE 322) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Newell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  30 Oct. 1943 - .. .... 1944Lcdr. Russell J. Roberts, USCG (comm.)
    2.)  .. .... 1944 - 15 Sep. 1945Cmdr. P.E. Burhorst, USCG
    3.)  15 Sep. 1945 - 20 Nov. 1945Lt. Gabriel E. Pahaim, USCG (decomm.)
    4.)  20 Jul. 1951 - 17 Oct. 1952Cmdr. Victor Pfeiffer, USCG (WDE-422)
    5.)  17 Oct. 1952 - 01 Jun. 1954Lcdr. Lewis W. Tibbits, Jr., USCG (WDE-422)
    6.)  20 Aug. 1957 - 25 Apr. 1959Lcdr. Ralph N. Sutton (recomm.)
    7.)  25 Apr. 1959 - 10 Apr. 1960Cmdr. Robert Chauncey Barnhart, Jr.
    8.)  10 Apr. 1960 - 07 Aug. 1961Cmdr. Paul Kenneth Clausen
    9.)  07 Aug. 1961 - .. .... ....Lcdr. William Rice Zimmerman, Jr.
    11.) 1965 - 19 Nov. 1966 Cmdr. Richard Frederick Rockwell
    12.) 19 Nov. 1966 - 21 Jul. 1967 Lcdr. Edward (Ted) Humphrey Monroe, Jr.
    13.) 21 Jul. 1967 - 21 Sep. 1968Cmdr. William Henry Peerenboom (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Larry Lawniczak
    Address: 939 Monroe St. / Oshkosh WI 54901
    Phone: (920) 231-4755
    E-mail: lplpjl@milwpc.com

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Newell
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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