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USS McGinty (DE 365)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - T - V
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Bel Air"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Korean Service Medal w/ 3 stars
Third Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service 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
McGinty (DE 365) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 May 1944: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange Tex.
  • 05 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Perrillah Atkinson Malone
  • 25 September 1944: Commissioned at Orange, Tex, Lcdr. William H. Harrison in command
  • 15 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 5 months of service, having steamed 86,575 nautical miles
  • 21 January 1947: Inactivated at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Sub Group 2, San Diego Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. Frederick W. Pennoyer in command
  • 19 September 1959: Decommissioned at Portland, Or., assigned to ResCortDiv 13, placed "in service" as a Group II unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force
  • 25 August 1961: Mobilized by Presidential order for the Berlin Crisis
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, Cmdr. Jerome E. Aakhus in command
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "in service", resumed NRT duties at Portland, Or.
  • 23 September 1968: Placed "out of service" at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Wash. after 17 years and 6 months of service; struck from the NVR with a total of 19 years and 11 months of service
  • 27 October 1969: Sold for scrapping
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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.

    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    181k Undated Postwar Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    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.
    315k Top Photo-

    26 August 1955: San Diego, Cal. - Photo taken by USS Prairie (AD 15) for the ComCruDesPac Public Information Office. (U.S. Navy photo)

    Bottom 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.)
    Ron Carbis
    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
    Ridgefield, Conn.
    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
    Navsource Destroyer
    Archive Manager
    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 ?)
    David Wright
    Geneva, N.Y.

    Manager, Navsource
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    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)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    McGinty Memorabilia
    Port Visit
    Letter, 1955
    Courtesy of
    Robert Payne

    McGinty History
    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. 1945Lcdr. / Cmdr. William Henry Harrison, USNR (Comm. CO) (New Orleans, La.)
    2.)  10 Jun. 1945 – 15 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Chandler Hovey Jr., USNR (Brookline, Mass.)
    3.)  15 Oct. 1945 – 15 Jan. 1947Lcdr. Edwin H. Kiefer, USNR (Hollywood, Cal.)
    4.)  28 Mar. 1951 – .. .... 1952Lcdr. Frederick W. Pennoyer III, USN (East Orange, N. J.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    5.)  .. .... 1952 – .. .... .... 1954Lcdr. Seymour Dombroff, USN (Brooklyn, N. Y.)
    6.)  .. .... 1954 – 29 Dec. 1959Lcdr. James Abner Payne, USN (enl. ‘37, war comm.) (San Diego, Cal.)
    7.)  29 Dec. 1959 – 24 Feb. 1958Cmdr. James Ward Montgomery, USN (USNA ‘45) (Malden, Mo.) (ret. as Adm.)
    8.)  24 Feb. 1958 – 03 Jul. 1959Lcdr. Edward William Behm, USN (USNA ‘45) (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    9.)  03 Jul. 1959 – 01 Oct. 1959Lcdr. Marvin C. Lee, USN
    10.) 01 Oct. 1959 – 11 Dec. 1959Lcdr. Marvin C. Lee, USN (OinC)
    11.) 11 Dec. 1959 – 02 Oct. 1961Lt. James Morgan Leiser, USN (OinC) (Kansas City, Mo.)
    12.) 02 Oct. 1961 – 01 Aug. 1962Cmdr. Jerome E. Aakhus, USN (Sheridan, Mont.)
    13.) 01 Aug. 1962 – 31 Aug. 1962Lt. David Elmer Jeremiah, USNR-R (OinC) (Portland, Ore.) (ret. as Adm.)
    14.) 31 Aug. 1962 – 08 Oct. 1964Lt. William George McHenry, USN (OinC) (Merriam, Kan.)
    15.) 08 Oct. 1964 – 31 May 1966Lt. Angus F. Duncan, USN (OinC)
    16.) 31 May 1966 – 02 Sep. 1968Lt. William Samuel Wright, USN (OinC) (Wilmington, Del.)
    17.) 02 Sep. 1968 – 23 Sep. 1968Lt.(jg) B. A. Silk, USNR (OinC)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: David W. Bogner
    Address: 1415 N.E. Arrington Road
    City / State: Hillsboro OR 97124-2614
    E-mail: D.W. Bogner

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    Additional Resources

    USS McGinty Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
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    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS McGinty
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