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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:
  • 01 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 by Cap't W. P. Gaddis, USN (ret.), representing the Commandant, Twelfth Naval District: Lcdr. Alfred D. Kilmartin in command
  • 13 March 1948: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 4 years of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 September 1973: Sold and broken up for scrap
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    Gendreau 35k 12 December 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Mrs. Josephine Gendreau (holding the bouquet) and Mrs. Chester W. Nimitz at the christening of the future USS Gendreau (DE 639). On the other side of the photo is Gendreau heading down the building way during her launching. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Gendreau 385k 02 March 1944: San Francisco Bay - The future USS Gendreau (DE 639) underway for sea trials.

    (These two photos courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Gendreau 368k
    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
    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")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Gendreau History
    View the USS Gendreau (DE 639) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Gendreau as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Gendreau's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Mar. 1944 12 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Alfred Dunn Kilmartin, USN (USNA 34) (Detroit, Mich.)
    2.) 12 Mar. 1945 07 Nov. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Martin Victor, USNR (Syosset, N.Y.)
    3.) 07 Nov. 1945 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Thomas Nelson Coppedge Jr., USN
    4.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. G. Y. More, USNR
    5.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... 1947Lt. Alfred C. Filiatrault Jr., USN (Duluth, Minn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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