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USS Greenwood (DE 679)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - V - H
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Pomona"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star


Specifications:
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
Greenwood (DE 679) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 June 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 21 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Laura Greenwood, mother of Lt. (j.g.) Greenwood
  • 25 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr A. W. Slayton in command
  • December 1957: Assigned to NRT, 6th Naval District, at Charleston, S.C.
  • 2 September 1958: Decommissioned, placed "in service" as a unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force
  • 2 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis,
  • 1 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "in service," assigned to NRT, 6th Naval District, at St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • 20 February 1967: Placed "out of service", stricken from the NVR
  • 6 September 1967: Sold for scrapping to the Lipsett Co., Inc. of New York City, N.Y., broken up at Kearny, N.J.
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    Greenwood 8k Frank Greenwood was born to Harry and Laura Greenwood in Methuen, Mass. on 10 January 1915. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an Apprentice Seaman at Boston, Mass. on 17 July 1940. He received his initial training aboard USS Arkansas (BB 33). Upon completion of training his enlistment terminated under honorable conditions. He was appointed Midshipman, received training at the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois and commissioned as an Ensign on 12 December 1940. He was assigned to the Fifth Naval District awaiting transportation to his new assignment aboard the USS Erie (PG 50). While on active duty as the Gunnery Officer aboard Erie he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Lt. (j.g.) Greenwood was killed in action with the enemy U-boat U-163 on 12 November 1942 when his ship, Erie was torpedoed while on convoy duty in the Caribbean theater of operation.

    USS Greenwood (DE 679) (1943-1967) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the USS Greenwood DE 679 web site thanks to John Lorence)
    Bill Gonyo
    Greenwood 27k undated wartime image Contributed by John Lorence, In
    Memory of Harry Welsh Y3c/USN
    Greenwood 78k 1947: underway off Key West, FL Contributed by John Lorence
    and Ken Knudsen S1c/USN
    **Francis M. Robinson / Greenwood** 106k 1948: Greenwood and USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) moored at Key West, Fla.. (Notice difference in hull number style, Robinson
    remains with WWII style numbers, while Greenwood has been repainted to modern numbers.)
    Nick Tiberio
    Greenwood 38k undated postwar image -
    Greenwood 31k undated postwar image Contributed by John Lorence
    and Frank Coleman EM1/USN
    Greenwood 94k January 1967: Newport, R.I. (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt

    View the USS Greenwood (DE-679), DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: John Lorence.
    E-mail: de679@yahoo.com

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    Additional Resources

    USS Greenwood DE-679
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Greenwood
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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