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USS Formoe (DE 509)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - T - G
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
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
Formoe (DE 509) Building and Operational Data:
3 January 1944: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding Corp., Port Newark NJ
2 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. A. L. Bolshazy
5 October 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. C. Spencer in command
27 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
27 June 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
5 October 1951: Departed San Diego for Newport, R.I., her new home port
7 February 1957: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal.,
Transferred on loan the same day to Portugal under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, renamed NRP Diogo Cao (F-333)
1 October 1968: Stuck from the NVR
December 1968: Sold to Portugal
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||circa 1949: Formoe underway at speed. Standard layout for this class, but note whip aerial fitted aft, and Hedgehog clearly visible, just aft of 5"/38 mounting. Canvas awning is rigged over conning position (Photo coutesy Real Photographs, from the book "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliott).
||June 1951: just prior to recommissioning
||William E. Kidd, Jr.
||circa 1956: Formoe moored at an unknown location. (U.S. Navy photo; from U.S. National Archives, San Bruno Branch)
||circa 1961: NRP Diogo Cao (F-333, ex-USS Formoe DE 509) underway, location unknown. (Official Portuguese Navy photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")
||as NRP Diogo Cao (F-333), circa 1966
Courtesy of Tom Kermen
View the USS Formoe (DE 509) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Julia Loughran
Address: 2009 Cantata Court / Vienna VA 22182-3313
Phone: (703) 281-5694 FAX (703) 319-8196
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