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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


Specifications:
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:
  • 1 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
  • 7 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr W. A. Sessions in command
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 10 January 1951: Transferred (MAP) to Italy, renamed Altair (F.591) (stricken from the Italian Navy and sunk as target, 1971)
  • 26 March 1951: Stricken from the NVR
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    Gandy 94k Artist's conception of Gandy by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Gandy 160k undated wartime image Tim Rizzuto, Superintendant
    USS Slater Memorial
    Gandy 542k 8 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 7 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) Ed Zajkowski
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    Gandy 104k undated, as the Italian frigate Altair (F.591) From the collection of
    M.E. Meahl, Cdr USN
    contributed by his son
    David Meahl
    Gandy 104k enhanced copy of the above image
    Gandy 88k 15 May 1967: Altair at Naples, Italy (Both photos ©Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
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    Gandy 42k Altair, circa 1968 Robert Hurst

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

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