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USS Dennis (DE 405)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars
Third Row: WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation (retroactive) - Philippine Liberation 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
Dennis (DE 405) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 September 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston Tex.
  • 04 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. L. Dennis, mother of the late Radioman Third Class Dennis
  • 20 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr S. Hansen, USNR, in command
  • 25 October 1944: Participated in the Battle off Samar, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, as a unit of Taffy 3 (TU 77.4.3), for which she was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 2⅓ months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 September 1973: Sold, scrapped

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    Dennis 41k Otis Lee Dennis (25 March 1913 - 01 February 1942) - RM3c Otis Dennis was killed in action when the plane piloted by Lt.(jg) Carleton "Misty" Fogg (for whom DE 57 was named) was shot down during the Scouting Six strike from the USS Enterprise on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

    USS Dennis (DE 405) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Ann Dennis
    Dennis 308k 20 May 1944: Boston Harbor, Mass. - USS Dennis (DE 405) departed the Boston Navy Yard at noon on 20 May. After completing compass and RBF calibration in the harbor she got underway, in company with USS Eversole (DE 404), enroute to Norfolk, Va.

    (U.S. Navy photo #L45-74.08.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Dennis 107k 20 December 1944: San Francisco, Cal. Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
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    ***Raymond / Dennis*** 398k June 1950: San Diego, Cal. - A photo of the San Diego Mothball Fleet shows the USS Nicholas, (DDE 449), USS O'Bannon (DDE 450), USS Walker (DDE 517) and USS Sproston (DDE 577), returned to mothballs after being converted to the DDE ASW configuration. All four of these DDE's were armed with of 2-5"/38cal, 5 Torpedo Tubes, Mk-15 ASW Projector, and provisions for 4x2-20mm guns. Also, seen is the USS Killen (DD 593) and several DE's, including USS Raymond (DE 341), USS Dennis (DD 405) and an APD.

    (Cropped from USN Photo #80-G-428265 from the NARA photo files.
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    Dennis History
    View the USS Dennis (DE 405) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Dennis as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View the Adm. Clifton Sprague and Task Unit 77.4.3 Memorial
    This monument is dedicated to the memory of Vice Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague and the 13 ships and 7,300 men of Task Unit 77.4.3,
    also known as "Taffy 3," which were under his command during the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944 during the Battle for Leyte Gulf.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Percell L. Worley
    Address: 200 West Ave.
    City/State: Hanover PA 17331-1862

    Note About Contacts

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    only a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
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    Additional Resources

    USS Dennis Memorial Page
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Dennis
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