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USS Raymond (DE 341)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - E - M

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation (retroactive) - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Raymond (DE 341) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 November 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 08 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Helen Raymond
  • 15 April 1944: Commissioned at the City Dock, Orange, Tex., Lcdr A. F. Beyer, Jr.,USNR, in command
  • 25 October 1944: Participated in the Battle off Samar, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, as a unit of Taffy 3 (TU 77.4.3), for which she was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
  • 24 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 9⅓ months of service
  • 27 April 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Destroyer Force, Atlantic, at Newport, R.I.
  • 22 September 1958: Decommissioned, placed "In Service", assigned as NRT ship, 1st Naval District, at Newport, R.I.
  • 31 May 1960: Placed "Out of Service" after 9 years and 1 month of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 11 years and 10⅓ months of service
  • 22 January 1974: Sunk as target off Florida
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    Raymond 17k Reginald Marbury Raymond was born in Sewanee, Tenn. on 20 May 1912 and commissioned ensign 01 June 1933. Serving in a number of billets, he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. On 28 April 1943, he was on patrol aboard the submarine USS Scorpion (SS 278) for a familiarization period when she received orders home. En route on 29 April, she sighted and engaged a 100-ton patrol vessel, which she left burning to the waterline. On the morning of 30 April, she stalked, fired on, and finally torpedoed and sank a 600-ton patrol ship. During the hour and three-quarters fight, however, Scorpion received her first casualty. Lcdr. Raymond, on board as prospective commanding officer, was hit and killed by gunfire. For his participation and heroism in the gun battle he was awarded the Silver Star.

    USS Raymond (DE 341) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (US Navy photo from the web site On Eternal Patrol)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Raymond 235k 15 October 1944: USS Raymond (DE 341) approaching the USS Sangamon (CVE 26) to refuel. The rest of Carrier Division 22 is following astern.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-295001 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Raymond 398k June 1950: San Diego, Cal. - A photo of the San Diego Mothball Fleet shows the USS Nicholas, (DDE 449), USS O'Bannon (DDE 450), USS Walker (DDE 517) and USS Sproston (DDE 577), returned to mothballs after being converted to the DDE ASW configuration. All four of these DDE's were armed with of 2-5"/38cal, 5 Torpedo Tubes, Mk-15 ASW Projector, and provisions for 4x2-20mm guns. Also, seen is the USS Killen (DD 593) and several DE's, including USS Raymond (DE 341), USS Dennis (DD 405), and an APD.
    (Cropped from USN Photo #80-G-428265 from the NARA photo files.)
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    Raymond 270k Undated Postwar Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Raymond 25k Undated Postwar Image John Hummel
    Raymond 192k Undated Postwar Image (original photo replaced by higher resolution copy) Robert Hurst /
    David Buell
    Raymond 214k Summer 1953: Copenhagen, Denmark - Four destroyer escorts make a Scandinavian port visit during a North Atlantic Midshipman Cruise. From left to right: USS Raymond (DE 341), USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), and USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421), with a fourth unidentified DE aft. This photo is part of the CT-DESA exhibit which is displayed at our CT-DESA chapter events. (Photo from the Nick Palermo Collection) John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Shelton, Conn.
    Raymond 62k circa 1956 (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59") Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Raymond 75k 1959: South Boston Naval Annex Raymond berthed at the Boston NSY (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Coffman 287k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view of the Inactive Ship Basin taken from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman. In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341). Jim Cunliffe
    Frederica, Del.
    Raymond 269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closeup view of the starboard side of Raymond's bridge.

    Raymond History
    View the USS Raymond (DE 341) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Raymond as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View the Adm. Clifton Sprague and Task Unit 77.4.3 Memorial
    This monument is dedicated to the memory of Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague and the 13 ships and 7,300 men of Task Unit 77.4.3,
    also known as "Taffy 3," which were under his command during the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944 during the Battle for Leyte Gulf.

    Raymond's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Apr. 1944 – 27 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Aaron Frederick Beyer Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘33) (Tyrone, Pa.)
    2.) 27 Dec. 1944 – 01 Dec. 1945Lcdr. John R. O’Meara, USNR (Wildwood, N.J.)
    3.) 01 Dec. 1945 - .. .... ....Lt. George N. Epstein, USNR
    4.) 27 Apr. 1951 - .. Feb. 1952Lcdr. Lawrence Davidson Caney (Gardiner, Me.)
    5.) .. Feb. 1952 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Richard Norman Moss
    6.) .. .... 1960 – 31 May 1960Lcdr. Ralph Leonard Volk Jr. (Decomm. CO) (USNA ‘45) (Pittsfield, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: James S. Toth
    Address: PO Box 219
    City/State: Loretto PA 15940
    Phone: (814) 472-6381
    E-mail: James Toth

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    Additional Resources

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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