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USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643)

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N - T - K - V
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 October 1943: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 18 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. M. Cummings
  • 29 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. C. R. Millett, USNR, in command
  • 03 February 1947: Decommissioned at Long Beach, Cal. after 2 years and 7 months of service
  • 01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 May 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Damon M. Cummings

    60k Damon M. Cummings was born on 30 January 1910 in Belvidere, I11., and graduated from the Naval Academy 04 June 1931. He served in Northampton (CA 26) and Monaghan (DD 354) and had staff duty at Submarine Base, New London, and with Destroyer Squadron 3. Serving on the staff of Commander, South Pacific Force, Lieutenant Commander Cummings was killed in action while on board San Francisco (CA 38) on the night of 12-13 November 1942. For his heroism and determination during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

    USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1931.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

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    Damon M. Cummings 16k undated wartime image Jerry Church

    Damon M. Cummings History
    View the USS Damon M. Cummings (DE 643) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Damon M. Cummings as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Damon M. Cummings' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 29 Jun. 1944 26 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Charles Rea Millett, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA 22) (Beverly, Mass.)
    2.) 26 Aug. 1945 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. William Clinton French Jr., USNR
    3.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lt. Norman C. Smith, USN (USNA 42) (Waitsfield, Vt.)
    4.) .. Mar. 1946 03 Feb. 1947Lcdr. Emory P. Boynton, USNR (Fairfax, Okla.)

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