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USS Falgout (DE 324)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - D - W
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Meadville"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 7 stars
Fourth Row: Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (palm) Unit Citation - United Nations Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign 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
Falgout (DE 324) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 May 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 24 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. H. J. Guidry, sister of Seaman Second Class Falgout
  • 15 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr H. A. Meyer, USCG, in command
  • 18 April 1947: Decommissioned
  • 24 August 1951: Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard and Recommissioned WDE 424
  • 21 May 1954: Returned to the U.S. Navy and decommissioned
  • 28 October 1954: Reclassified and converted DER 324
  • 30 June 1955: Recommissioned, Lcdr Walter P. Smiley in command, assigned to Seattle, Wash. for duty with the Continental Air Defense Command
  • 19 March 1959: Homeport assignment changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 10 October 1969: Decommissioned
  • 01 June 1975: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 January 1977: Sunk as target off California
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    ***Alger / Falgout*** 56k early 1944: USS Hamul (AD 20) with (from left to right) DEs USS Calcaterra (DE 390); USS Pride (DE 323); USS Falgout (DE 324); USS Alger (DE 101) and USS Eichenberger (DE 202), alongside at Bermuda. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs. (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86271, courtesy of the Captain D.L. Madeira Collection) Robert Hurst
    Falgout 81k Circa 1952: Tacoma, Wash. - Docking as USCG WDE 424 ) (Photo © Jim Hopper, SK2, USCG) Bill Allen
    Falgout 109k Circa 1952: Seattle WA - "Dress Ship" at pier 90 as USCG WDE 424 (Photo © Jim Hopper, SK2, USCG)
    Falgout 161k 30 June 1955: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Commissioning ceremonies of USS Falgout (DER 324). (U.S. Navy photo #DER-324-25863-6-55) Darryl Baker
    Falgout 66k Circa 1956: off San Diego, Cal. (Both Photos © Morper Pictures) Bill Allen
    Falgout 70k
    Falgout 266k 29 August 1956: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Falgout (DER 324) moored at a city wharf while on a port visit. (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #CVA 447-8700 from the City of Vancouver Archives) Navsource
    Falgout 72k 30 August 1963: Off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii -
    Falgout 66k
    Falgout 73k
    Falgout 79k
    Falgout 73k At Hong Kong, moored next to USS Fred T. Berry (DD 858) (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Falgout 421k 10 October 1969: Vallejo, Cal. - Decommissioning of the USS Falgout (DER 324) at Naval Ship Inactive Maintenance Facility at Mare Island. Photo was taken from the stern of the USS Vance (DER 387) also decommissioning on this date. (U.S. Navy photo #DER-324-948X1-10-69) Darryl Baker

    Falgout Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Lighter
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Falgout (DE 324) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Falgout's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  15 Nov. 1943 - .. Jan. 1945Lcdr. Henry A. Meyer, USCG (comm.)
    2.)  .. Jan. 1945 - 08 May 1946Lcdr. H.C. Keene, Jr., USCG
    3.)  08 May 1946 - 14 Aug. 1947Lcdr. Bernard Aloysius Lienhard, USNR (decomm.)
    4.)  24 Aug. 1951 - May 1954Cmdr. G. R. Rollins, USCG (CG Service)
    5.)  30 Jun. 1955 - 11 Feb. 1957Lcdr. Walter Perry Smiley (recomm.)
    6.)  11 Feb. 1957 - 24 Feb. 1958Lcdr. Alfred Freeman Norwood
    7.)  24 Feb 1958 - 02 May 1959Cmdr. Wesley Anthony Gleason
    8.)  02 May 1959 - 05 Aug. 1960Lcdr. James (Jack) A. Jester
    9.)  05 Aug. 1960 - 31 Jan. 1962Lcdr. Robert Friedman
    10.) 31 Jan. 1962 - 07 Jun. 1963Lcdr. Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. (ret. as Vadm.)
    11.) 07 Jun. 1963 - 03 Mar. 1965Lcdr. Matthew J. Breen
    12.) 03 Mar. 1965 - 09 Mar. 1966Lcdr. Clarence Henry Greff, Jr.
    13.) 09 Mar. 1966 - 10 Mar. 1968Lcdr. Robert Erhart Klee
    14.) 10 Mar. 1968 - 10 Apr. 1969Lcdr. James W. Harrick
    15.) 10 Apr. 1969 - 30 Jun. 1969Cmdr. Gordon R. Nagler (ret. as Vadm.) (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    USS Falgout (DE324) Web Links
    Nick Napzok's USS Falgout (DE324) / Jason (AR 8) web site
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Falgout
    USS Falgout Page on Military.Com
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