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USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 November 1943: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, Mass.
  • 23 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Eugene E. Elmore, widow of Lieutenant Commander Elmore
  • 04 February 1944: Commissioned at Quincy by Adm. H. T. Smith, USN; Lcdr. G. L. Conkey in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 3¾ months of service having steamed 127,714 miles
  • 12 November 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • June 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Eugene E. Elmore
    54k Eugene Evans Elmore, born 30 June 1900 in Americus, Ga., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1922, and served in a number of ships as well as ashore before reporting 25 October 1940 to Quincy (CA 39). Lieutenant Commander Elmore was killed in action when his ship was sunk 09 August 1942 in the Battle of Savo Island. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

    USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1922.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Eugene E. Elmore
    433k 13 April 1944: at sea off Boston, Mass. - USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) approaches Boston Gate. At 1600 hours, she was photographed by a K-ship of ZP-11.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-229758 from the United States National Archives)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.

    Eugene E. Elmore History
    View the USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Eugene E. Elmore's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Feb. 1944 28 Oct. 1944Lcdr. George Lissant Conkey, USN (USNA 35) (Washington, D.C.) (Comm. CO)
    2.) 28 Oct. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Richard F. Creath, USNR
    3.) .. Dec. 1945 31 May 1946Lt. John E. Warner, USNR (Greenville, Oh.) (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: "Smiley" Burnette

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