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USS Gentry (DE 349)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - T - C
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: 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
Gentry (DE 349) Building and Operational Data:
  • 13 December 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 15 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Jean Maxine Gentry, sister of 2/Lt. Wayne R. Gentry, USMCR
  • 14 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr D. A. Smith in command
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 18 days of service
  • 15 January 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 January 1973: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Cal.
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    Gentry 48k Undated Wartime Image Jay Berkshire
       son of
    TM1c John E. Berkshire,
    Gentry plankowner
    Gentry 275k 15 October 1944: USS Gentry (DE 349) as seen from USS Solomons (CVE-67). At this time, the Gentry was assigned convoy-escort voyages out of New York to Marseilles, France, and Oran, Algeria. The Gentry is wearing MS32/14D camouflage scheme.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-260626 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    ***R.W. Suesens*** 311k 1973: Vallejo, Cal. - 4 DE's (left to right: ex-Gentry DE 349, ex-Kendall C. Campbell DE 443, ex-Hanna DE 449, ex-Richard W. Seusens DE 342), all heading to the scrap yard. (Photo from the DOD sealed bid offering dated 14 November 1973) Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto

    Gentry History
    View the USS Gentry (DE 349) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Gentry as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Gentry's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 14 Jun. 1944 - 07 Jun. 1945Lcdr. David A. Smith, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 07 Jul. 1945 - 20 Feb. 1946Lcdr. Monroe Kelly, Jr., USN
    3.) 20 Feb. 1946 - 02 Jul. 1946Lt. John C. Golden, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact: Jay Snowden Berkshire
    E-mail: J. Berkshire

    Note About Contacts

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Gentry
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