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USS Jesse Rutherford (DE 347)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - N - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - 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: 111' 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
Jesse Rutherford (DE 347) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 November 1943: Keel laid at Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 29 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary Rutherford, mother of Private Jesse Rutherford, Jr., USMC
  • 31 May 1944: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr. B. M. Henry in command
  • 21 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, placed in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Wash. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 01 January 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 08 December 1968: Sunk as a target off California
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    Jesse Rutherford 29k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Jesse Rutherford 147k Photos which were made available to crewmembers as momentos (Photos by Thompson Photos, Los Angeles, Cal.) Seth Cohen /
          John Chiquoine
    Jesse Rutherford 93k
    Jesse Rutherford 147k circa 1945: Port bow view of USS Jesse Rutherford (DE 347) at anchor, at an unknown location.
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 74291 Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Jesse Rutherford History
    View the USS Jesse Rutherford (DE 347) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Jesse Rutherford as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Jesse Rutherford's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 May 1944 - 09 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Barklie McKee Henry, USNR (Comm. CO) (Ventnor City, N.J.)
    2.) 09 Sep. 1944 - 13 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Jack Weaver Jordan, USNR (Portland, Me.)
    3.) 13 Dec. 1945 - 21 Jun. 1946Lcdr. William Clement Shreve, USN (Decomm. CO) (San Diego, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Jesse Rutherford
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