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USS Gandy (DE 764)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Gandy (DE 764) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 March 1943: Keel laid at the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.
  • 12 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Ruby Gandy, sister of Seaman Gandy
  • 07 February 1944: Commissioned at Clyde-Mallory Dock, Tampa, Fla., Lcdr. W. A. Sessions, USNR, in command
  • 16 April 1944: Rammed German submarine U-550 off Nantucket Shoals in the Atlantic. Attack joined by Peterson (DE 152) and Joyce (DE 317), sub sunk with depth charges and gunfire.
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4⅓ months of service
  • 10 January 1951: Transferred (MAP) to Italy, renamed Altair (F.591) (struck from the Italian Navy and sunk as target, 1971)
  • 26 March 1951: Struck from the NVR
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    By And/Or Copyright
    160k Undated Wartime Image Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    129k Undated port bow view of USS Gandy (DE 764), weathered and in need of a a new camouflage painting.
    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 73272 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
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    08 June 1945: The Atlantic Ocean - These all were taken by an aircraft from the New York Naval Air Station at a 300-ft. altitude. USS Gandy commenced an availability at the Bayonne Annex, New York Navy Yard, on 24 May, authorized to run through 07 June. Other ships arriving the same day included Cates (DE 763), Earl K. Olsen (DE 765), and Thornhill (DE 195). All were overhauled. DE 764 received a fog oil smoke generator and two 40-mm twin mounts. The Mk 4 20-mm gun mounts were replaced by the new, lightweight Mk 10 mounts. DE 765 got an identical work package. Cates got the same package but also had the British Type 147B sonar installed. Thornhill got the Type 147B sonar plus a Mk 52 gun director, plus two 40-mm twins. Olsen also was overhauled at Bayonne.
    (All seven are U.S. Navy photos from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)

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    Ed Zajkowsk1i
    Narvon, Pa.
    104k undated, as the Italian frigate Altair (F.591) David Meahl
    from the collection
    of his father

    M.E. Meahl
    Commander, USN (ret.)
    104k enhanced copy of the above image
    88k 15 May 1967: Altair at Naples, Italy (Both photos ©Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    42k Altair, circa 1968 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Gandy History
    View the USS Gandy (DE 764) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Gandy's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Feb. 1944 - 06 Jan. 1945Lcdr. William A. Sessions, USNR (Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y.)
    2.) 06 Jan. 1945 - 06 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Frederick H. Brooke, Jr., USNR (Providence, R.I.)
    3.) 06 Nov. 1945 - 26 Dec. 1945Lt. Doyle P. Butler, USNR (Marietta, Ga.)
    4.) 26 Dec. 1945 - 17 Jun. 1946Lt. Ivan H. Rush, USNR (Reedy, W.V.)

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