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USS Naifeh (DE 352)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Korea) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/star- Korean Service Medal w/ 3 stars
Third Row: Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

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
Naifeh (DE 352) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 December 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 29 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Rathia Naifeh, mother of Lt.(j.g.) Naifeh
  • 04 July 1944: Commissioned, Lt. J. S. Albert in command
  • 27 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 26 January 1951: Recommissioned
  • 17 June 1960: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal.
  • 01 January 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 July 1966: Sunk as target off San Clemente Island, Cal. by Naval gunfire and aircraft
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    Naifeh 46k Alfred Naifeh was born in Covington, Tenn. to a Lebanese family on 5 January 1915 and grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a law degree in 1940 and served as law clerk for Federal Judge Alfred P. Murrah in Oklahoma City. After completing his training in the Reserve Officers Training Corps program he received his commission as an Ensign on 5 July 1941. He reported on board the USS Meredith as Destroyer Division Disbursing Officer, 27 February 1942. He was promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) 01 October 1942. After Meredith sank in the Battle of the Solomons, Lt. Naifeh worked for two days and nights keeping wounded and exhausted survivors on life rafts. As a result of his continuing valiant efforts to save his shipmates, he was completely overcome by exhaustion after fighting off shark attacks, which ultimately resulted in his death 16 October 1942. For his devotion to duty and courage, Lt. Naifeh was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal as well as a Purple Heart. Two years later, the U.S. Navy named the destroyer escort in his honor.

    USS Naifeh (DE 352) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Images courtesy of the University of Oklahoma)
    Bill Gonyo
    Naifeh 106k undated wartime image -
    Naifeh 82k 26 January 1951: San Diego, Cal. - The crew of USS Naifeh (DE 352) salutes the National Ensign as Naifeh is recommissioned for Korean War service. Her Commanding Officer is Lcdr Cornelius J. Smits. Escort Ships (DE) and Fast Transports (APD) laid up in reserve in the background are (from left to right):
    USS Cook (APD 130); USS Blessman (APD 48); USS Gosselin (APD 126); USS Gantner (APD 42); USS Dufilho (DE 423); USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686); USS William C. Cole (DE 641); USS Metivier (DE 582); USS McNulty (DE 581); USS Thomason (DE 203); USS Peiffer (DE 588); and two unidentified ships at far right. .
    Naifeh 114k Naifeh in the early 1950s. Note clear fantail for after 5"/38 gun, one set only of depth charge rails. Lower trunked funnel of this class is clearly visible. No 20 mm Oerlikons are fitted, newer type of radar aerial. (Photo from Real Photographs) (Photo and text taken from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott). Robert Hurst
    Naifeh 117k September 1957: San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.) Robert M. Cieri
    Naifeh 77k 1958: San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Naifeh 120k September 1958: Treasure Island, Cal. - USS Yarnall (DD 541) and Naifah moored together at the Treasure Island Naval Station. You can see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background. (Photo © Roy Preston) Roy Preston
    USS Yarnall ('56-'58)
    Naifeh 195k circa early 1960's: location unknown Nick Tiberio

    View the USS Naifeh (DE 352) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Naifeh is having annual reunions
    Contact Name: John Downes
    Address: 613 Del Mar Drive / Champaign IL 61822-2330
    Phone: (217) 352-7529
    Contact Name: Frank McKernan, Treasurer.
    E-mail: or

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Naifeh

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