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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.
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.
1 March 1972: Stricken from the NVR
20 November 1972: Sold for scrapping
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||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)
||undated postwar image
||David J. Opdyke,
Great-nephew of Angus Goss, the ships namesake
||undated postwar image
||1958, San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
||Robert M. Cieri
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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