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USS O'Reilly (DE 330)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - F - A
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II 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
O'Reilly (DE 330) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 July 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 14 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Bridey O’Reilly, mother of Lieut. O’Reilly
  • 28 December 1943: Commissioned at the City Dock, Orange, Tex., Lcdr. William C. F. Robards in command
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5˝ months of service
  • 15 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 April 1972: Sold for scrapping
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    O'Reilly 96k undated wartime image -
    O'Reilly 501k 26 July 1944: Portsmouth, Va. - Three views of O'Reilly taken on the Elizabeth River near the Norfolk Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-330 19-N-70325 from the National Archives and Records Administration)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-330 19-N-70324 from NARA)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-330 19-N-70326 from NARA)

    (All photos courtesy of  
    Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    O'Reilly 492k
    O'Reilly 530k
    O’Reilly 269k 26 July 1944: Norfolk, Va. - USS O'Reilly (DE 330) at NAS Norfolk.

    (U.S. Navy photo, NARA #80-G-240721 and #80-G-240719 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    O’Reilly 217k

    O'Reilly History
    View the USS O'Reilly (DE 330) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS O'Reilly as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    O'Reilly's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 28 Dec. 1943 - 18 Sep. 1944Lcdr. William C. F. Robards, USN
    2.) 18 Sep. 1944 - .. .... 1946Lt. / Lcdr. Donald R. Shaul, USNR (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    3.) .. .... 1946 - 16 Jun. 1946Ens. E. R. Davis, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Simeon "Sim" Donahue
    Address: 35 Sylvan Lane
    City/State: Cheshire CT 06410
    Phone: (203) 272-6533
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