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USS Mack (DE 358)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - T - N
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation 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
Mack (DE 358) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 February 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Shipbuilding Division, Orange, Tex.
  • 11 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Gertrude Mack, mother of GM2/c Harold John Mack
  • 16 August 1944: Commissioned at Todd Galveston Shipyard, Galveston, Tex. by Capt. J.M. Shelling, USN (ret.)representing the Commandant, 8th Naval District, Lcdr. J. F. Nelson, USNR, in command
  • 30 October 1944: Crossed the Equator enroute the Galapagos Islands
  • 11 December 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 4 months of service having steamed 93,284 miles
  • 17 December 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 15 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    84k Harold John Mack was born to Sebastian and Gertrude Mack in Le Mars, Iowa, on 29 December 1917, four days after the first Christmas of the Great War [World War I).  He enlisted in the Navy on 18 May 1938 and went through recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill.  Upon completion of boot camp, he reported to the heavy cruiser USS Vincennes (CA 44) on 14 September 1938.  Remaining aboard Vincennes he moved up in rank to gunners mate second class.  During action against the Japanese forces off Savo Island on 09 August 1942, GM2c Mack fell incapacitated by severe wounds in both legs.  In spite of his injuries, he continued to fulfill his duties as gun captain until ordered to abandon ship.  After the loss of the ship, Mack was reported missing in action and was declared dead on 10 August 1943.  For his “courageous fighting spirit” and heroism Mack was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

    Citation: "For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving aboard the U.S.S. VINCENNES (CA-44), in action against enemy Japanese forces after that vessel was attacked by enemy aircraft off Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, on 9 August 1942.  Gunner's Mate Second Class Mack was incapacitated by severe wounds in both legs.  In spite of his injuries he continued to fulfill his duties as gun captain until ordered to abandon ship.  After the loss of the ship, he was reported missing in action.  The conduct of Gunner's Mate Second Class Mack throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

    USS Mack (DE 358) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Traces of War web site)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    37k undated war-time image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    139k 09 April 1972: Stockton, Cal. - ex-USS USS Mack (DE 358) laid up near the Naval Supply Center. The stern of USS Bullard (DD-660) is visible at right.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79835, courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Mack History
    View the USS Mack (DE 358) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Mack as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Mack's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Aug. 1944 – 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. John Franklin Nelson, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 23 Nov. 1945 - Aug. 1946Lcdr. Cyril Gerald Griffin, USNR (Chicago. Ill.)
    3.) Aug. 1946 - 1946Lcdr. Howard Harrison Branyon, USN (Spartanburg, S.C.)
    4.) 1946 - 11 Dec. 1946Lt.(jg) Clarence Earl Farley (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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