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Mined off Normandy - 89 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Rich (DE 695)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - R - L
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal

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
Rich (DE 695) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 March 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 22 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ralph McMaster Rich
  • 1 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr E. A. Michel, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 8 June 1944: Struck a mine and sank off Utah Beach, Quineville, France. Of her crew, 27 were killed; 73 were wounded; and 62 were missing.
  • 29 July 1944: Struck from the Navy List

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    Rich 6k Ralph McMaster Rich, born on 22 January 1916 in Denmark, N.D., enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 12 October 1939 in Minneapolis, Minn. After receiving initial flight training in Minnesota, Aviation Cadet Rich reported for active duty at Pensacola, Fl., on 28 December 1939. Designated Naval Aviator on 12 July 1940, he was commissioned ensign on 16 August, and assigned to Fighting Squadron (VF) Six in Enterprise (CV 6) on 28 November. Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on 28 May 1942, he led a section of fighters covering the approach of American bombers against the Japanese fleet during the Battle of Midway 4 to 6 June 1942. Lieutenant (j.g.) Rich, killed in an airplane crash on 18 June 1942, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for "capable and aggressive leadership" which enabled his attack group to "maintain continuous flight over enemy naval units, thereby assuring our dive bombers an unmolested approach." In addition, Lieutenant (jg) Rich is credited with shooting down one enemy torpedo plane while flying on combat air patrol over Yorktown (CV 5) during the Battle of Midway.

    USS Rich (DE 695) (1943-1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor, she was succeeded by DD 820 (1946-1977).

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 99078 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
    Bill Gonyo
    Rich 131k 22 June 1943: Bay City Michigan - Rich's Launching at Defoe Shipbuilding, note the sidewise launch. (Photo © John Arnold Fryberger) from George M. Fryberger,
    In memory of his father,
    John A. Fryberger, FC3c, USNR
    Rich 79k 8 June 1944: off Normandy - Rich, a U.S. PT boat, a British motor launch, and a U.S. "Auk" class minesweeper are standing by the destroyer Glennon (DD 620), at the right of the photo, after her stern was blown off by a mine, at Normandy on . Rich would soon hit another mine, which also destroyed her stern, and was then sunk by a third mine. (U.S. Navy Photo #NHC 44311) Mike Green
    Rich 42k 8 June 1944: off Normandy - Rich strikes a mine, amidships, while operating off Normandy. She had been assisting USS Glennon, and had previously hit another mine, which blew off her stern. Of her crew, 27 were killed; 73 wounded; and 62 missing. (U.S. Navy Photo #NHC 44312)

    View the USS Rich (DE 695) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Joseph Podorski
    Phone: (636) 530-1226

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Rich
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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