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|46k||Alfred Naifeh was born in Covington, Tenn. to a Lebanese family on 05 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 05 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 on 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
USS Naifeh (DE 352) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Images courtesy of the University of Oklahoma)
|106k||undated wartime image||-|
|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.
|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).
England, United Kingdom
|117k||September 1957: San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)||Robert Cieri|
|77k||1958: San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)|
|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)
USS Yarnall ('56-'58)
|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.|
|View the official War History of USS Naifeh as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Naifeh's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 07 Jul. 1944 - .. …. 1945||Lt./Lcdr. John Seaman Albert III, USNR (Wallingford, Pa.)|
|2.) .. .... 1945 - .. May 1946||Lcdr. W. M. Stucky, USNR|
|3.) .. May 1946 - 27 Jun. 1946||Ens. R. F. Knapik, USNR|
|4) 26 Jan. 1951 - .. .... ....||Cmdr. Cornelius Johannes Smits|
|5.) .. .... .... - .. .... 1953||Cmdr. James V. Grealish, USNR (OCS '42) (San Francisco, Cal.) (ret. as Radm., USNR)|
|6.) ~||Cmdr. Ralph Strafford Wentworth Jr. (USNA ‘44) (Navy Jr./Annapolis, Md.) (ret. as Radm.)|
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