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USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - K - Y - X
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 MA
  • 23 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Eugene E. Elmore, widow of Lieutenant Commander Elmore
  • 04 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr G. L. Conkey in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego CA after 2.4 years of service
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • June 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Eugene E. Elmore 122k Artist's conception of Eugene E. Elmore by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    England 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 9 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
    Eugene E. Elmore 96k 29 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) underway, returning from Casablanca. The ship is part of an anti-submarine group formed around the USS Block Island (CVE 21), which was torpedoed and sunk later that day. She is camouflaged in MS22 measure. (Photo #302593 from the Australian War Memorial) Mike Green

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

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: "Smiley" Burnette

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Eugene E. Elmore

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