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USS Presley (DE 371)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - X - D
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 Ribbon

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
Presley (DE 371) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 June 1944: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 19 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Willie Lynn Presley, the mother of AMM1c Sam Davis Presley
  • 07 November 1944: Commissioned by Cmdr. H. G. Chalkley, USNR, representing Commander, Eighth Naval District; Lcdr. Richard S. Paret, USNR, in command
  • 20 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 7⅓ months of service having steamed 55,000 miles
  • 25 June 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 02 April 1970: Sold for scrapping
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    248k 07 November 1944: Orange, Tex. - Presley's commissioning ceremony Robert P. Cannon
    177k 1945: underway, starboard beam
    201k 1945: at anchor, dress ship
    201k USS Presley Crew Photo Archive Page

    Presley History
    View the USS Presley (DE 371) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Presley as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Presley's Commanding Officer
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 07 Nov. 1944 - 20 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Richard Thompson Starr Paret, USNR (Only CO) (USNA 35) (Suffern, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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