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USS Thomas J. Gary (DE 326)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - J - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Trout Fishing"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
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
Thomas J. Gary (DE 326) Building and Operational Data:
15 June 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Tex.
21 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Willie Mae Gary, mother of Seaman 2d Class Gary
27 November 1943: Commissioned as USS Gary, Lcdr William H. Harrison, USNR, in command
01 January 1945: Name changed to Thomas J. Gary
07 March 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
24 July 1956: Delivered to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for conversion to DER
01 November 1956: Reclassified DER 326
02 August 1957: Recommissioned, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of the Atlantic Barrier, a part of the North American Air Defense Command
13 Sep. 1965 - 21 May 1966: Participated in Operation "Deepfreze" as a support unit, during which she traveled "Around The World"
24 Aug. 1966 - 24 May 1967: Participated in Operation "Deepfreze" as logistics headquarters operating from Dunedin, New Zealand; again traveling "Around The World"
01 July 1967: Homeport assignment changed to Key West, Fla. as a unit of Destroyer Division 601
22 October 1973: Decommissioned and struck from the NVR
22 October 22 1973: to Tunisia, renamed President Bourguiba, later renamed Indakh
16 April 1992: Suffered a major engineroom fire, no longer operational. Now serves as Fleet headquarters and accommodation ship, berthed at Bizerte
1992-1993: Scrapped in Tunisia, her mast is preserved at the Bizerte Naval Station
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||undated wartime image
||undated postwar image
ETR 2, USNR
||undated: A photo of the radar picket escort ship USS Thomas J. Gary (DER 326) underway, location unknown. Note the Hedgehog in the superfiring position
forward. She also has an enclosed bridge and long amidships deckhouse.
(U.S. Navy Photo; from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland)
||Thomas J. Gary underway during the Cuban Blockade.
||T. Mark Graham
in honor of his Dad,
Lt.(jg) Thomas Kent Graham
||1960: Ponta Delgada, Azores - Thomas J. Gary approaching the pier while visiting the Azores.
||Carlos Manuel Estrela
||1960: Ponta Delgada, Azores - a closeup view of Thomas J. Gary's bridge superstructure.
||Sep. - Dec. 1966: Perseverance Harbor, Campbell Island, south of New Zealand
(Photo © Gene Spinelli)
ETR 2, USNR
||Underway. Otago Harbor, Dunedin, New Zealand. Sometime between Oct. 1965 and Feb. 1966
(From collection of Archie Cunningham RD2, USN)
||27 July 1973: Key West, Fla. - USS Thomas J. Gary at sea off the Naval Station at Key West.
(Photo #MM00005809 from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
England, United Kingdom
||1983: Valletta, Malta - President Bourguiba departing Grand Harbour.
||undated: An overhead view of the Tunisian Naval Station at Bizerte and the letter that accompanied it regarding the final disposition of Thomas J. Gary.
Captain, USN (ret.)
former Engineering Officer
USS Thomas J. Gary
|Thomas J. Gary Memorabilia
|Thomas J. Gary History
|View the USS Thomas J. Gary (DE 326) DANFS history entry located
on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
34th Reunion, 6 - 8 February 2018
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Contact Name: Ron Day
Address: 5608 County Rt. 10 / Heuvelton NY 13654
Phone: (315) 344-8823
E-mail: Ron Day
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USS Thomas J. Gary Web Site
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