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USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE 356)

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N - T - W - U
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation 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
Lloyd E. Acree (DE 356) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 January 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 21 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ora A. Acree
  • 01 August 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. John E. Greenbacker in command
  • 10 October 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 15 January 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    L. E. Acree

    L. E. Acree
    8k Lloyd Edgar Acree was born 31 July 1920 in Beggs, Okla. and enlisted in the Navy 17 October 1940. After training at San Diego, Calif., he was assigned to heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) on 10 December 1940, and became aviation ordnanceman third class 01 August. During the grim months after Pearl Harbor, Salt Lake City, against desperate odds, helped stem the tide of Japanese expansion. Following the American invasion of Guadalcanal 07 August 1942, Acree participated in the grim struggle for control of the Solomons. During the night of 11 to 12 October 1942, an American cruiser-destroyer force under Rear Adm. Norman Scott intercepted a cruiser-destroyer bombardment group off Cape Esperance and repulsed the enemy after a furious night battle. Early in the action, an enemy shell burst close aboard to starboard and sprayed the cruiser with shell fragments. Acree, who was holding a 5-inch shell loading into No. 3 gun, fell to the deck, seriously wounded in the abdomen. Although in intense pain, he gallantly clung to the shell to prevent its' explosion. He died a short time later while undergoing emergency surgery. For his great courage and outstanding devotion to duty, Acree was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

    USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE 356) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo © USS Salt Lake City Association courtesy of Sandy Eskew)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    L. E. Acree 120k undated wartime image Matt Critcher
    v 92k ondeck for inspection, portside forward
    L. E. Acree 67k Matt's late Grandfather, F1c John Henry Cagle Jr. of Amagon, Arkansas who served aboard Acree from January 1945 to mid-1946

    Lloyd E. Acree History
    View the USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE 356) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Lloyd E. Acree as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Lloyd E. Acree's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Aug. 1944 - .. Jun. 1946Lcdr. John Everett Greenbacker, USN (Comm. Co) (Meriden, Conn.)
    2.) .. Jun. 1946 - 10 Oct. 1946Lt.(jg) Calvin Dale Reutter, USN (Decomm. CO)

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