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USS Frybarger (DE 705)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal w/ 2 stars
Fourth Row: Philippine Liberation Ribbon - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service 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
Frybarger (DE 705) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 November 1943: Keel laid at the Defoe Shipbuilding Corp., Bay City, Mich.
  • 25 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Carol J. Frybarger, sister of Private First Class Frybarger
  • 18 May 1944: Commissioned at Naval Station New Orleans, La., Lcdr. G. C. Ewing, USNR, in command
  • 30 June 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 1 months of service
  • 13 December 1950: Reclassified DEC 705 (Destroyer Escort Control)
  • 06 October 1950: Recommissioned, assigned to Destroyer Force, Pacific, at San Diego, Cal.
  • 09 December 1954: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 4 years and 2 months of service
  • 27 December 1957: Reclassified DE 705
  • 01 December 1972: Stricken from the NVR with a total of 7 years and 3 months of service
  • 27 November 1973: Sold, scrapped
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    Frybarger 13k Raymond Frybarger, Jr. was born 22 April 1923 in Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve 22 April 1940. Private First Class Frybarger was killed in action on Guadalcanal 14 September 1942. For his heroism in exposing himself to enemy fire in an attack on Henderson Field and maintaining effective rifle fire until killed, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Other awards include the Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and Presidential Unit Citation.

    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond Frybarger, Jr. (284069), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 and 14 September 1942. Fearlessly exposing himself to relentless enemy fire during a hostile attack on an airport, Private First Class Frybarger skillfully assisted in driving back the enemy, maintaining his effective rifle fire until he was killed in action. His valiant fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were instrumental in preventing a flank movement by the enemy and contributed to the staunch defense of an important position. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.

    USS Frybarger (DE 705) (1944-1954) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of Bob Frybarger and the USS Frybarger Web Site)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Frybarger 89k Taken from the deck of USS Cabildo (LSD 16), sometime between 1951 and 1955.

    (Photo by Don Fischer MM1, USN)
    Scott Fischer
    Frybarger 424k undated postwar image

    (From the collection of  HMC William A. Salisbury, USN)
    Contributed by his son,
    James S. Salisbury
    Frybarger 102k undated postwar image

    (From the collection of  Cdr. M. E. Meahl, USN)
    Contributed by his son, David Meahl
    Frybarger 92k
    Frybarger 101k
    Frybarger 60k undated

    (Ted Stone Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Frybarger History
    View the USS Frybarger (DE 705) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Frybarger as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Frybarger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 May 1944 - 01 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Clifford C. Ewing, USNR
    2.) 01 Oct. 1944 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. William H. Wright Jr., USNR
    3.) .. .... 1946 - .. Dec. 1946Lt.(jg) J. E. Welsh, USNR
    4.) .. Dec. 1946 - 30 Jun. 1947Lcdr. Leonard Tway Switzer
    5.) 06 Oct. 1950 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Henry Ellis Hollingsworth

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    USS Frybarger was holding reunions,
    their web site seems to have gone defunct
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Frybarger
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