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USS George E. Davis (DE-357)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - F - O
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
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
George E. Davis (DE 357) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 February 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 08 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. George E. Davis Jr., widow
  • 11 August 1944: Commissioned at the Orange City Dock, Lcdr. Frederick L. Lincoln in command
  • 26 August 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years of service
  • 11 July 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal., assigned to NRT, 1st Naval District at Newport, R.I.
  • 11 November 1954: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 5 years and 4 months of service
  • 02 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    George E. Davis 72k George Elliot Davis Jr. was born in Martin, Pa. on 05 December 1913 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935. Until 1937 he served in USS Maryland (BB 46) as an aircraft gunnery observer; and, subsequently, until June 1938, he was on duty in USS West Virginia (BB 48). Transferred 15 June 1938 to USS Houston (CA 30), flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, Lt. Davis served in her until 04 February 1942 when he was killed in action by enemy aircraft near Madoera Strait, Borneo.

    USS George E. Davis (DE 357) (1944-1954) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the USS George E. Davis Web Site thanks to Norman Morrison)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    George E. Davis 107k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - A group photo taken at the launching of USS George E. Davis. The man in uniform at the far left is George's brother, Dr. John E. Davis, who was born in 1920. He served in the Navy as a doctor and was stationed on Saipan. In the back row on the far left (man in suit) is George Elliot Davis, father of George E. Davis, Jr. In the front row, the second woman from the left in the white hat is Grace Davis (George's mother) and front row, center, the woman with the rose bouquet is Jane Hine Davis, the widow of Lt. George E. Davis Jr. (She later remarried.) Norman Morrison

    From the Davis Family photo collection
    George E. Davis 110k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - Jane Hine Davis, the widow of Lt. George E. Davis and the ship's sponsor, poses for a portrait holding flowers.
    George E. Davis 74k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Davis in what looks to be a posed picture, preparing for the christening.
    George E. Davis 74k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Davis actually christens the future USS George E. Davis.
    George E. Davis 88k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Davis watches as the ship is launched.
    George E. Davis 168k 08 April 1944: Orange, Tex. - The future USS George E. Davis enters the water for the first time at the Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-268354 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    George E. Davis 143k 11 August 1944: Orange, Tex. - The crew of USS George E. Davis and surrounding ships stand at "present arms" during the commissioning ceremony.
    George E. Davis 60k undated wartime image Norman Morrison
    George E. Davis 261k undated, San Francisco Bay

    Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Robert M. Cieri
    George E. Davis 220k USS George E. Davis (DE 357) underway, circa 1951-1954.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 79834, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974: from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    George E. Davis History
    View the USS George E. Davis (DE 357) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    George E. Davis's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 08 Aug. 1944 11 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Frederick Irwin Lincoln, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '36) (Grand Forks, N.D.)
    2.) 11 Nov. 1945 06 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Ralph R. Walker
    3.) 06 Mar. 1946 26 Aug. 1946Lcdr. Herbert Henry Anderson, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '41) (Campbell, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    George E. Davis DE-357 Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS George E. Davis
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