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USS Goss (DE 444)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Goss (DE 444) Building and Operational Data:
  • 16 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N. J.
  • 19 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jamie S. Goss, sister-in-law of Marine Gunner Goss
  • 26 August 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Claude A. Kirkpatrick in command
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1.8 years of service
  • 27 December 1950: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr L. R. Hayes, commanding
  • January 1951: Assigned to NRT, 11th Naval District at San Diego
  • 10 October 1958: Decommissioned at Astoria, Ore. after 7.85 years of service
  • 01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9.7 years of service
  • 20 November 1972: Sold for scrapping
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    Goss 57k Angus R. Goss was born 8 January 1910 at Tampa, Fla., and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 12 September 1930. Marine Gunner Goss was awarded the Navy Cross and Britain's Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for extraordinary heroism in combat on Tulagi 10 August 1942. Although severely wounded by a grenade explosion, Goss ignored enemy machine-gun and rifle fire, charging into a cave where the enemy was entrenched and single-handedly destroyed the Japanese with a sub-machine gun.

    USS Goss (DE 444) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Marine Corps Photo)
    Bill Gonyo
    Goss 32k undated postwar image David J. Opdyke,
    Great-nephew of Angus Goss, the ships namesake
    Goss 103k undated postwar image
    Goss 87k 1958, San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.) Robert M. Cieri
    Goss 383k 23 August 1956: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Goss (DE 444) docked at Vancouver. Stern of USS Weeden (DE 797), is visible at right, being docked forward of Goss. (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8709 from the City of Vancouver Archives) Mike Green
    Gilligan 498k circa early 1958: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Gilligan (DE 508), Marsh (DE 699), and Goss (DE 444) moored together at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station. USS George Clymer (APA 27) is moored in the background. (My grandfather, RMC Harold Jacobson, took this picture. He served in WWII on active duty then stayed with the reserves until his retirement. He passed away last year and I found a box of his old slide photos and had them put to a CD. I believe it was taken in Pearl Harbor and I suspect the year was 1958 but I don't know for sure. I don't know what ship he was standing on when he took this picture. I would love to find out what ship or class it is.) John Jacobson
    EWC(SW), USN

    Goss Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

    View the USS Goss (DE 444) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Ernest S. Miller
    Address: RR 32 Box 17 / Terre Haute IN 47803-9802
    Phone: (812) 877-1240

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Goss
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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