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USS Jaccard (DE 355)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star- WWII 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
Jaccard (DE 355) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 January 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 18 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. R. Jaccard, mother of Ensign Jaccard
  • 26 July 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. C. R. Hamilton in command
  • 30 September 1946: Decommissioned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash. after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 November 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 04 October 1968: Sunk as a target
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    58k Richard Alonzo Jaccard was born 01 July 1918, in Troy, Mo., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 29 October 1940. He later underwent flight training and upon graduation was commissioned Ensign 27 September 1941. Reporting to famed carrier Enterprise (CV 6) in April 1942, Ens. Jaccard took part 04 June 1942 in one of the most important battles in all naval history, the Battle of Midway. As American carrier groups moved to meet the Japanese thrust at Midway, Jaccard, as part of Scouting Squadron 6, attacked enemy carriers during the morning, knocking out Akagi and Kaga. That afternoon the squadron carried out another devastating attack, sinking carrier Hiryu, For his part in a great victory, Jaccard was awarded the Navy Cross. Following further missions with Scouting Squadron 6, Jaccard was transferred to Bombing Squadron 6 in Wasp (CV-7). While supporting the Guadalcanal campaign from the carrier. Ens. Jaccard was killed when Wasp was torpedoed and sunk 15 September 1942.

    USS Jaccard (DE 355) (1944-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.   (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Jaccard 43k undated wartime image -
    Jaccard 226k circa July-September 1944: At Sea in the Atlantic - USS Jaccard (DE 355) probably taken during her shake down cruise.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 66358 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, via the Ted Stone Photo Collection at the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Va.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Jaccard 298k circa July-September 1944: At Sea in the Atlantic - USS Jaccard (DE 355) underway at sea during her shakedown cruise. Jaccard's port side (seen here) is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 14D. Her starboard side was apparently painted in Camouflage Measure 31 or 32, Design 3D.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 66357 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, via the Ted Stone Photo Collection at the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Va.)

    Jaccard History
    View the USS Jaccard (DE 355) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Jacccard as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Jaccard's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Jul. 1944 - 24 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Charles R. Hamilton, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 24 Aug. 1945 12 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Edward L. Patton, USNR (Dennison, Ill.)
    3.) 12 Dec. 1945 10 Jul. 1946Lcdr. William Abraham Morgan, USN (USNA '42) (Rangerville, Tex.)
    4.) 10 Jul. 1946 30 Sep. 1946Lcdr. John Dearborn Ainsworth, USN (Decomm. CO)

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    Additional Resources

    USS Jaccard Memorial Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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