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USS Maurice J. Manuel (DE 351)

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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: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Maurice J. Manuel (DE 351) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 December 1943: Keel laid at Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 19 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Leona Manuel, mother of Pfc. Maurice Joseph Manuel
  • 30 June 1944: Commissioned at Orange, Tex.; Lcdr. William M. Lowry in command
  • 22 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10⅔ months of service having steamed 87,109 miles
  • 28 February 1947: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 27 April 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. G. A. Sullivan in command
  • 11 August 1951: Arrived at Newport, R.I. for duty with the Atlantic Fleet
  • 30 October 1957: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 6 years and 6 months of post-war service
  • 01 May 1966: Struck from the NVR with a total of 8 years and 4⅔ months of service
  • .. August 1966: Sunk as a target
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    Maurice J. Manuel
    76k circa 1944 - 45 (from Julia's Dad, a wartime crewmember) Julia Ferrell Harris
    Maurice J. Manuel
    208k Undated: Post WW2 port quarter view of USS Maurice J. Manuel (DE 351).

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo, Catalog #L45-177.06.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Maurice J. Manuel
    220k November 1952: Maurice J. Manuel underway off Newport, R.I., her home port. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Maurice J. Manuel
    373k 03 August 1953: Copenhagen, Denmark - This photo was taken in Copenhagen Harbor. Maurice J. Manuel was there as part of a larger force that was engaged in a Midshipman Training Cruise from Norfolk to Edinburgh, Scotland; Oslo, Norway; and Copenhagen, Denmark, then on to Guantanamo Bay, and back to Norfolk. Shortly after departing Norfolk, Manuel hit a whale which disabled her sonar and fathometer. This photo was taken by Ove Pedersen, a local professional who printed, colored and sold copies to the crew and midshipmen. George W. Baumann, Jr.
    Maurice J. Manuel
    194k 05 September 1953: New Bedford, Mass. - USS Maurice J. Manuel docked at New Bedford. USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421) is tied up astern.

    (Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection)
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 66806from the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Maurice J. Manuel
    54k 1954 (Photo From Skyfotos) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Maurice J. Manuel
    117k undated postwar image Jerry Baker
    (1955 - 1957)
    Maurice J. Manuel
    186k undated postwar image Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Maurice J. Manuel
    View the USS Maurice J. Manuel (DE 351) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Maurice J. Manuel as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Maurice J. Manuel's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Jun. 1944 - 25 Oct. 1945Lcdr. William McCulloch Lowry, USNR (Comm. CO) (Seattle, Wash.)
    2.) 25 Oct. 1945 - 31 Jan. 1946Lt. Charles Henry Witten, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)
    3.) 31 Jan. 1946 .. Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) James A. Warner, USNR
    4.) .. Apr. 1946 20 May 1946Lt.(jg) Robert W. Scholler, USNR
    5.) 27 Apr. 1951 - .. May 1952Lcdr. George Alexander Sullivan, USN
    6.) .. May 1952 - .. Mar. 1954Lcdr. Ralph Lane Porter, USN (USNA 42) (Cochran, Ga.)
    7.) .. Mar. 1954 - 27 Mar. 1956Lcdr. James William McMurray, USN
    8.) 27 Mar. 1956 - 24 Jun. 1956Lcdr. William Iven Brewington, USN
    9.) 24 Jun. 1956 - 30 Oct. 1957Lt. Robert Wayne Watkins, USN (Avcad 43) (Columbus, Oh.) (ret. as Radm.)

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