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USS Richey (DE 385)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - U - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - United Nations Korean Service Medal (USCG Service)

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1),
1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Richey (DE 385) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 April 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 30 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joseph Lee (Jane) Richey, the widow of Ensign Richey
  • 30 October 1943: Commissioned at Houston, Tex. by Cap't DeWitt C. Redgrave, USN, representing Com8th ND; Cmdr. Petros D. Mills, USCG, in command
  • ..January 1947: Decommissioned after 3 years and 3 months of service
  • 01 April 1952: Loaned to USCG and Recommissioned as WDE 485
  • June 1954: Decommissioned after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 5 years and 5 months of service
  • July 1969: Sunk as a target off California
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    287k undated wartime image Glenn Indovina
    28k Glenn's Dad, USCG Chief Commissaryman Anthony J. Indovina IV (1925 - 1984)
    397k wartime crew photos (top left: Richey's officer complement; top right: Supply Dep't, Glenn's Dad is to the left of the Supply Officer; bottom left: Communications Division; and bottom right: First Division, the ship's deck force)
    106k undated wartime image David Buell
    301k undated image while in Coast Guard service (Glenn's brother, James, served in her during this period) Glenn Spain
    in honor of his brother
    James D. Spain
    267k circa 1960: San Diego, Cal. - U .S. Navy Reserve Fleet ships berthed at Naval Base San Diego, California. Ships include (l-r): USS Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584), USS Richey (DE 385), USS Bivin (DE 536), USS Gillette (DE 681) and USS Bull (APD 78)

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 72678 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Richey History
    View the USS Richey (DE 385) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Richey as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Richey's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Oct. 1943 - .. July 1944Cmdr. Petros (Peter) D. Mills, USCG (Jackson, Tenn.)
    2.) .. July 1944 - 24 Dec. 1944Cmdr. John Herman Forney, USCG (New London, Conn.)
    3.) 24 Dec. 1944 - Lcdr. Roger J. Auge, USCG (Covington, Ken.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Richey
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