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|10k||Neldon Theo French, born 25 July 1918 in Benton County, Tenn., enlisted in the Marine Corps
09 September 1940, and was killed in action 09 October 1942 on Guadalcanal.
Corporal French was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in fighting to his death in a defensive post on the Matanikau River, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation
awarded his division for its superlative performance in the initial landings on Guadalcanal. Cpl. Neldon T. French awards included the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, American Defense Service
Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
USS French (DE 367) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
Photo Courtesy of Benton County, Tennessee
|295k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Guests view the christening and launching of USS French at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding. Standing at center is Mr. C.H. French, father of Corporal French.||Neldon French|
|262k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Alma French, mother of Corporal French.|
|238k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French prepares to christen the ship.|
|270k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French breaks the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship's bow.|
|283k||17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - USS French being launched at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding.|
|277k||USS French (DE-367) off San Francisco in 1945-46.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79837, Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|56k||1972: Photo of mothballed ships moored together in the muddy waters of the Napa River at Mare Island. From left are Sedgwick County (LST-1123), an
unidentified LST, Owen (DD 536), French, an unidentified destroyer, Howard F. Clark (DE 533), and another unidentified destroyer.
(Photo courtesy of L. Cote, from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS French (DE 367) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|French's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 09 Oct. 1944 - 09 Dec. 1944||Lcdr. Thomas Kempshall Dunstan, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 09 Dec. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Reginald Chauncey Robbins Jr., USNR|
|3.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946||Lcdr. Everett (Easy) Marsalis Glenn (USNA '40) (Amarillo, Tex.)|
|4.) .. Mar. 1946 - 29 May 1946||Lt.(jg) John H. Crahan, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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