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USS Heyliger (DE 510)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Heyliger (DE 510) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 April 1944: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • 06 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Augusta Foss, mother of Private First Class George Heyliger
  • 24 March 1945: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lcdr. Arthur F. Chace Jr., USNR, in command
  • 20 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 3 months of service
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District, at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N. Y.
  • 02 January 1958: Decommissioned at the U. S. Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, N.J. after 6 years and 11¾ months of service; custody to CO, New York Group, U. S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 01 May 1966: Struck from the NVR with a total of 8 years and 2¾ months of service
  • 1969: Sunk as a target
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    267k 09 April 1945: New York Harbor - Two views of USS Heyliger (DE 510), starboard bow and starboard quarter, on shakedown cruise. The ship has been configured with two twin 40mm mounts in place of the usual triple torpedo tube mount and carries MS21 camouflage scheme. She was returning to the Brooklyn Navy Yard after spending the previous night conducting gunnery practice anchored at Oyster Bay, N.Y.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Catalog No. 19-N-80792 and 19-N-80793 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    143k 05 May 1952: New York Harbor - USS Heyliger (DE 510) steams past the southern end of Manhattan Island, outbound from the New York Navy Yard. Note crew manning her rails.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-442917 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    243k 29 July 1953: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Heyliger (DE 510) underway in the Newport, Rhode Island, area.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-625697 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    118k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - Heyliger, Kyne (DE 744), and Snyder (DE 745) on a port visit to the U.S. Sub Base in the Virgin Islands. Rod Sienkiewicz
    156k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - Heyliger's forward 5"38 cal. gun mount and 40mm Mt. 41.
    155k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - taking a break while performing maintenance on Mt. 41
    142k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - Heyliger's flying bridge
    142k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - looking aft on Heyliger, Kyne (DE 744) lies to port.
    134k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - Heyliger's port side aft.
    129k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - sailors enjoying swim call off Kyne's fantail.
    145k 1956: Halifax, Nova Scotia - motor whaleboat approaching Heyliger.

    (Photo© Werner Grabner)
    Werner Grabner

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    Heyliger History
    View the USS Heyliger (DE 510) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Heyliger as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Heyliger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 24 Mar. 1945 11 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Arthur Freeborn Chace Jr., USNR (New York City, N. Y.)
    2.) 11 Dec. 1945 08 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Oscar David MacMillan, USN (USNA '41) (South Charleston, W. V.)
    3.) 08 Jun. 1946 20 Jun. 1946Ens. Hale Caterson Sweeny, USNR (OCS 44) (Charleston, S. C.)
    4.) 1951 1954Lcdr. John Lawrence Nuttall Jr., USN (Somerville, Mass.)
    5.) .. .... 1954 18 May 1956Lcdr. Samuel B. Warren, USN
    6.) 18 May 1956 02 Jan. 1958Lcdr. James Claire Caskey, USN

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