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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 at the City Dock, Orange, Tex.; Lcdr Henry A. Meyer, USCG, in command
  • 18 April 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 5 months of service
  • 24 August 1951: Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard and Recommissioned WDE 424
  • 21 May 1954: Returned to the U.S. Navy and decommissioned after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 28 October 1954: Reclassified DER 324 and converted at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 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 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. after 14 years and 3½ months of service
  • 01 June 1975: Struck from the NVR with a total of 20 years and 4½ months of service
  • 12 January 1977: Sunk as target off California
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    53k George Irvin Falgout was born on 28 October 1922, the son of George B. and Marietta B. (Chauvin) Falgout of Raceland, La. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 19 February 1942. He was killed in action in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 12 November 1942, while serving in USS San Francisco (CA 38). Heavily damaged in the battle, the heavy cruiser was attacked by a Japanese torpedo bomber off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The torpedo failed to do damage but the plane crashed into the aft section of the ship. Falgout remained at his gun, blazing away at the Japanese aircraft until it crashed his station, killing him and Gunners Mate Harry Lowe (DE 324's namesake). Seaman Second Class Falgout was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his great heroism and determination to defend his ship even at the cost of his life.

    Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Seaman Second Class George Irvin Falgout (6442872), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Gunner while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on 12 & 13 November 1942. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Seaman Second Class Falgout courageously refused to abandon his gun station and fearlessly remained at his gun. In the face of certain death from an onrushing enemy torpedo plane that had been set on fire, he maintained his accurate fire until the plane crashed on his station. He was killed in action. His unflinching bravery and gallant conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    USS Falgout (DE 324) (1943-1969) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 102390 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    ***Alger / Falgout***
    327k 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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    81k Circa 1952: Tacoma, Wash. - Docking as USCG WDE 424.

    (Photo © Jim Hopper, SK2, USCG)
    Bill Allen
    109k Circa 1952: Seattle, Wash. - "Dress Ship" at pier 90 as USCG WDE 424.

    (Photo © Jim Hopper, SK2, USCG)
    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
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    383k 30 June 1955: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Radm. Frederick L. Entwistle, USN (Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard) is commissioning speaker at the ceremony marking USS Falgout's re-commissioning. Lcdr. Walter P. Smiley is on the far right of the photo.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DER-324-063055-1TH)
    445k 30 June 1955: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Colors are raised aboard USS Falgout at Mare Island after her conversion at the shipyard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DER-324-063055-3TH)
    66k Circa 1956: off San Diego, Cal.

    (Both Photos © Morper Pictures)
    Bill Allen
    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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    145k Undated Post-Conversion Photo Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    72k 30 August 1963: Off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. -
    318k 14 April 1966: Hong Kong - Two views of Falgout moored next to USS Fred T. Berry (DD 858) in Hong Kong Harbor.

    (Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    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
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    81k 20 May 1972: Stockton, Cal. - USS Falgout (DER 324) laid up at Stockton Inactive Ship Facility. The bow of USS Canberra (CA 70), also decommissioned, is visible astern.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 90588 from the Ted Stone Collection, 1980; at the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

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

    Falgout History
    View the USS Falgout (DE 324) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Falgout as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    Historic Note: The first U.S. serviceman listed as killed in WWII was Freddie John Falgout, also from Raceland, La. He was killed on Saturday, 14 August 1937 aboard the USS Augusta (CA 31) at Shanghai, China. While the crew was watching the evening movie, an errant Japanese anti-aircraft shell landed on the deck killing Falgout and injuring eighteen other sailors. It is undetermined by Navsource how the two Falgouts were related as Falgout seems to be a very common name in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

    Falgout's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
          U.S. Navy as DE-324
         (Coast Guard Manned)
    1.)  15 Nov. 1943 - 22 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Henry A. Meyer, USCG (Comm. CO) (Norwich, Conn.)
    2.)  22 Jul. 1945 - 08 May 1946Lcdr. H. C. Keene Jr., USCG (Bethesda, Md.)
    3.)  08 May 1946 - 14 Aug. 1947Lcdr. Bernard Aloysius Lienhard, USNR (Decomm. CO)
          U.S. Coast Guard as WDE-424
    4.)  24 Aug. 1951 - May 1954Cmdr. G. R. Rollins, USCG (CG Service)
          U.S. Navy as DER-324
    5.)  30 Jun. 1955 - 11 Feb. 1957Lcdr. Walter Perry Smiley (Recomm. CO) (Orfordville, Wis.)
    6.)  11 Feb. 1957 - 24 Feb. 1958Lcdr. Alfred Freeman Norwood (Davenport, Ia.)
    7.)  24 Feb 1958 - 02 May 1959Cmdr. Wesley Anthony Gleason
    8.)  02 May 1959 - 05 Aug. 1960Lcdr. James (Jack) Anderson Jester (Charleston, W.V.)
    9.)  05 Aug. 1960 - 31 Jan. 1962Lcdr. Robert Friedman
    10.) 31 Jan. 1962 - 07 Jun. 1963Lcdr. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. (enl. '42 / NROTC '44) (Richmond, Va.) (Ret. as Vadm.)
    11.) 07 Jun. 1963 - 03 Mar. 1965Lcdr. Matthew J. Breen (San Francisco, Cal.)
    12.) 03 Mar. 1965 - 09 Mar. 1966Lcdr. Clarence Henry Greff Jr.
    13.) 09 Mar. 1966 - 10 Mar. 1968Lcdr. Robert Erhart Klee (USNA '53) (Tacoma, Wash.)
    14.) 10 Mar. 1968 - 10 Apr. 1969Lcdr. James W. Harrick
    15.) 10 Apr. 1969 - 30 Jun. 1969Cmdr. Gordon Richard Nagler (Decomm. CO) (enl. '43 / NROTC '45) (Baltimore, Md.) (Ret. as Vadm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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