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USS George (DE 697)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - Q - J
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
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory 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
George (DE 697) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 May 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 14 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Harlow F. George, the mother of Seaman Second Class George
  • 20 November 1943: Commissioned at New Orleans, La., Lcdr J. B. Page in command
  • At war's end, George was assigned to the Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 18 September 1957: Assigned as NRT ship, 12th Naval District, at San Francisco, Cal.
  • 8 October 1958: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 14.9 years of service, entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Stockton, Cal.
  • 1 November 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 October 1970: Sold for scrapping
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    George 37k late 1944: Manus Islands Raymond A. LaBarr
    George 64k date / location unknown George E. Underwood BR1c
    George 84k 27 August 1947: San Francisco Bay - Bow on view of USS George (DE 697) off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-697-1590-47) Darryl Baker
    George 82k 27 August 1947: San Francisco Bay - Broadside view of USS George (DE 697) off Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 26 June to 8 September 1947. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-697-1592-47)
    George 126k 27 August 1947: San Francisco Bay - Stern view of USS George (DE 697) off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-697-1594-47)
    George 91k 1953 Raymond A. LaBarr
    George 116k 1953: same as above without text.
    George 367k 16 October 1956: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS George (DE 697) lies moored at Vancouver. (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8716 from the City of Vancouver Archives) Mike Green
    George 107k 1958: San Francisco Bay (Photo © Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.) Robert M. Cieri

    George Memorabilia
    Ship's Lighter
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    View the USS George (DE 697) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: George E. Underwood USN (Ret.)
    Address: 3701 Kingfisher Lane / Rolling Meadows Il. 60008-2449

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    Additional Resources

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