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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


Specifications:
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:
  • 3 May 1944: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange Tex.
  • 5 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.
  • 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
  • 2 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, Cdr Jerome E. Aakhus in command
  • 1 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.
  • 23 September 1968: Stricken from the NVR
  • 27 October 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    McGinty 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) 1 January 1943 for duty as soundman third class. On 5 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
     McGinty 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
     McGinty 353k

    View the USS McGinty (DE 365) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

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