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USS Cronin (DE 704)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Cronin (DE 704) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 October 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 5 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. B. Cronin, daughter-in-law of the late Chief Gunner Cronin
  • 05 May 1944: Commissioned at Naval Station New Orleans, Algiers, La., Lcdr. A. G. Cooke, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 13 December 1950: Reclassified DEC 704 (Destroyer Escort Control)
  • 09 February 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at Norfolk, Va.
  • 04 December 1953: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 10 months of service
  • 27 December 1957: Reclassified DE 704
  • 01 June 1970: Struck from the NVR with a total of 4 years and 11 months of service
  • 16 December 1971: Sunk as target off Florida
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    89k Cornelius Cronin was born on 10 March 1838 in Ireland. He entered the U.S. Navy in Michigan and served in the Civil War as a crewmember of USS Richmond. Cronin steered Richmond during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama on 5 August 1864, as it engaged Fort Morgan and Confederate ships, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conduct. Previously, he had participated in the April 1862 actions at Fort Jackson, Fort St. Philip, and Chalmette, Louisiana. Later that year, he took part in the attacks on the batteries below Vicksburg, Mississippi. Chief Quartermaster Cornelius Cronin died on 18 August 1912 at Brooklyn, New York.

    USS Cronin (DE 704) (1944-1953) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH79924 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    74k undated Bob Daly
    200k undated post-war image Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Cronin History
    View the USS Cronin (DE 704) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Cronin as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Cronin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 May 1944 - 10 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Almon G. Cooke, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)
    2.) 10 Aug. 1945 15 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Edward H. Seymour, USNR (Greenwich, Conn.)
    3.) 10 Aug. 1945 15 Feb. 1946Lt. James Vincent Grealish, USNR (OCS '42) (San Francisco, Cal.) (ret. as Radm., USNR)
    4.) 15 Feb. 1946 31 May 1946Lt.(jg) James Valentine Hart, USN (San Francisco, Cal.)
    5.) .. Apr. 1952 .. Jul. 1953Lcdr. Maurice Edwin Wall, USN (USNA '43) (Spartanburg, S. C.)
    6.) .. Jul. 1953 04 Dec. 1953Lcdr. Waldo William (Wally) Scheid, USN (Monroeville, Oh.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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