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USS Gendreau (DE 639)

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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
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Gendreau (DE 639) Building and Operational Data:
  • 1 August 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 12 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Josephine Gendreau, widow of Capt. Gendreau, with Mrs. Chester Nimitz, wife of CinCPac, as matron of honor
  • 17 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. Alfred D. Kilmartin in command
  • 13 March 1948: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 December 1972: Stricken from the NVR
  • 11 September 1973: Sold and broken up for scrap
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    Gendreau 34k date/location unknown - Shown in March 1944, just commissioned, she is finished in Measure 32 'crazy quilt' camouflage of Pale Gray, Haze Gray, Navy Blue and Ocean Gray. Note the two 20 mm Oerlikons on the fantail, and the good view of the torpedo tubes and stern depth charge rails. At the masthead are the are the aerials for the SC and SG radar sets. (Photo and text from "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott) Patrick Clancey - HyperWar
    Gendreau 385k 2 March 1944 (These two photos courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Gendreau 368k
    Gendreau 45k 1959: USS Gendreau (DE 639) tied to mooring buoy at San Diego, California, as part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet. (Photo and text from the "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships") Robert Hurst

    View the USS Gendreau (DE 639) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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    Additional Resources

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