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USS William C. Cole (DE 641)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - X - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal
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
William C. Cole (DE 641) Building and Operational Data:
5 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
29 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William C. Cole, the widow of Admiral Cole
12 May 1944: Commissioned, Lt. Clay Harrold in command
28 April 1948: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
1 March 1972: Stricken from the NVR
20 November 1972: Sold for scrapping to Zidell Exploration Inc., Portland, Ore.
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||18 May 1944: San Francisco Bay - port beam view of William C. Cole (Photo by Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Div.)
||Robert M. Cieri
||18 May 1944: San Francisco Bay - (These two photos courtesy of Chris Wright)
||23 May 1944: San Francisco Bay - USS William C. Cole, showing her in a aerial starboard bow view, while on a speed run. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph by NAS Alameda)
||Robert M. Cieri
||23 May 1944: San Francisco Bay - USS William C. Cole, showing her in a aerial port bow view. (Official US Navy Photograph by NAS Alameda)
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri
View the USS William C. Cole (DE 641) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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