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|12k||Franklin Alexander McGinty, born 22 November 1911 in Atlanta, Ga., enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve 17 August 1942 and joined Plymouth (PG 57)
01 January 1943 for duty as soundman third class. On 05 August the gunboat was hit by a torpedo as she prepared to depth charge U-566 off Cape Charles. Despite raging fires,
McGinty entered the ship’s magazine where he attempted to rescue a trapped shipmate. He, too, was trapped by the flames and was unable to escape before Plymouth sank. For
extraordinary heroism without regard for his own safety, McGinty was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
Citation: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Franklin Alexander McGinty, Soundman Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving on board the River Gunboat USS Plymouth (PG 57), during and after the sinking of that vessel through enemy action near Cape Henry, along the United States' Atlantic coast, on 5 August 1943. When an enemy torpedo crashed into the Plymouth amidships, causing devastating fires and extensive damage, Soundman Third Class McGinty unhesitatingly risked his life in behalf of his endangered shipmates. In a courageous attempt to rescue a man known to be trapped in the ship's flaming armory, he entered the compartment and was himself trapped, thereby losing his life. The conduct of Soundman Third Class McGinty throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country." Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 324 (March 1944).
USS McGinty (DE 365) (1944-1968) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|181k||Undated Postwar Image||Nick Tiberio|
|270k||Undated Image - A nice shot of McGinty passing Point Loma, outbound from San Diego Harbor. Probably a George Barber ship portrait from Marine Photos and Publishing Co.|
26 August 1955: San Diego, Cal. - Photo taken by USS Prairie (AD 15) for the ComCruDesPac Public Information Office. (U.S. Navy photo)
1959: San Diego, Cal. - This photo was bought at the San Diego Navy YMCA where one could buy ship’s photos. I am standing in the bow with my shipmates, I remember the helicopter coming around that day. We were in San Diego in 1959 so that is the year of the photo. We were in San Diego having arrived from Hawaii via Seattle, in preparation for becoming a reserve ship in Portland. In San Diego I attended ECM school and I remember across the pier from us they were shooting a movie about a submarine, the scene we saw was about the Navy bus hooking on to a car and towing it along.
I was on the McGinty from 1956 to 1959, in Hawaii. In the Summers we patrolled the Trust Territory and were involved in the Taiwan Straits actions and the Quemoy Matsu affair taking convoys in under fire. I have been on a number of islands in the Pacific and recently have been reading a book A Handful of Emeralds written by the Captain of USS Hanna (DE 449), one of the ships patrolling before us in 1953-54. The book details the islands and the patrols and is the same as we had done.
(Photo probably taken by Marine Photos and Publishing of San Diego, Cal.)
ET1, USS McGinty
1956 - 1959
|102k||undated 1957: at sea - Lcdr. James Payne on the bridge wing of McGinty. This photo was taken of him standing on the bridge at the conclusion of a 6-8 week deployment, during which all of the officers had a competition to see who could grow the best mustache. The CO won, of course!||Robert Payne|
|73k||11 October 1958: the Formosa Straits - A newswire photo captioned: "WITH A U.S. DESTROYER, the McGinty, hovering protectively in the background, a landing-ship dock, the USS Fort Marion (foreground) moves into the Quemoy area with supplies for the Chinese defenders of the shell rocked island. The Fort Marion was unloading small landing craft on Quemoy during this trip when the Chinese Communists announced their ceasefire." ---(Wirephoto)||David Wright|
|1.0 Mb||18 July 1959: loc. unknown - A linehandling party prepares to tie up McGinty as she approaches her mooring.
(An Alan J. de Long staff photo)
|Randle M. Biddle|
|85k||04 October 1961: Portland, Ore. - Two views of McGinty entering port and mooring at Portland.
(Photos by Lcdr. Jack E. Berglind, Executive officer of ?)
|382k||30 July 1965: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS McGinty (DE 365) off Vancouver, preparing to moor.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-5793 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS McGinty (DE 365) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS McGinty as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|McGinty's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 25 Sep. 1944 – 10 Jun. 1945||Cmdr. William Henry Harrison, USNR (Comm. CO) (New Orleans, La.)|
|2.) 10 Jun. 1945 – 15 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Chandler Hovey Jr., USNR (Brookline, Mass.)|
|3.) 15 Oct. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. Edwin H. Kiefer, USNR (Hollywood, Cal.)|
|4.) 28 Mar. 1951 - .. .... 1953||Lcdr. Frederick W. Pennoyer III (Boothbay Harbor, Me.)|
|5.) .. .... 1953 - .. Jul. 1955||Lcdr. Seymour (Sey) Dombroff (New York City, N.Y.)|
|6.) .. Jul. 1955 - .. Jan. 1957||Lcdr. James A. Payne (prior enl. '37, war comm.) (San Diego, Cal.)|
|7.) .. Jan. 1957 - .. Feb. 1958||Cmdr. James Ward Montgomery (USNA ‘45) (Malden, Mo.) (ret. as Adm.)|
|8.) .. Feb. 1958 - .. Aug. 1959||Lcdr. Edward William Behm (USNA ‘45) (Los Angeles, Cal.)|
|9.) .. Aug. 1959 – 08 Jan. 1961||Cmdr. Kenneth P. Hill (Portland, Ore.)|
|10.) 08 Jan. 1961 -||Cmdr. Jerome E. Aakhus (Sheridan, Mont.)|
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