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USS Grady (DE 445)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

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
Grady (DE 445) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1944: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 02 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Margaret Grady, sister of Pfc. George Francis Grady
  • 11 September 1944: Commissioned at Pier "G", New York Navy Yard by Cmdr. H. W. Sasse, Lcdr Francis R. King in command
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10 months of service
  • 27 April 1947: Placed "in service, in reserve", assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Bellingham, Wash.
  • 21 November 1950: Recommissioned, assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, Cal.
  • 18 December 1957: Decommissioned at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, San Francisco, Cal. after 10 years and 7 months of service; custody to CO, San Francisco Group, U. S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 12 years and 5 months of service
  • June 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    78k 23 September 1944: New York Harbor - Grady (DE 445) underway to Deperming Station, Bayonne Terminal Dock, for deperming and degaussing after commissioning. David Wright
    Geneva, N.Y.

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    210k Undated postwar image, showing Grady, in company with Charles E. Brannon (DE 446). Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    162k date / location unknown (Photo © United Photo Studio)
    436k 26 May 1954: Vallejo, Cal. - USS Grady (DE 445) in the Mare Island Channel. USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD 748) is to the left. I can't identify the YTL on Grady's starboard side. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    412k 27 July 1955: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Grady (DE 445) preparing to moor at a city wharf.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4836 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Grady Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Grady History
    View the USS Grady (DE 445) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Grady's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 11 Sep. 1944 11 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Francis R. King, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 11 Dec. 1945 02 Jul. 1946Lt.(jg) Vincent de Paul Ryan, USNR (Decomm. CO)
    6.) .. .... 1955 03 Dec. 1956Lcdr. Allen Leason Steele, USN
    7.) 03 Dec. 1956 18 Dec. 1957Lcdr. Robert Gilmour Jr., USN (Decomm. CO) (Belfast, Ireland)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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