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USS Sutton (DE 771)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - 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
Sutton (DE 771) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 August 1943: Keel laid by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.
  • 06 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Shelton B. Sutton, Sr., mother of Ensign Sutton
  • 22 December 1944: Commissioned at Tampa by Captain R. B. Daggett for the Commandant, Seventh Naval District, Lt. T. W. Nazro in command
  • 19 March 1948: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 3 months of service
  • 02 February 1956: Transferred (Grant Aid) to South Korea, renamed ROKS Kang Won (F-72) (struck 28 December 1977, to Philippines for cannibalization)
  • 15 November 1974: Struck from the NVR
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    38k Shelton Beverly Sutton Jr. was born in Brewton, Ga., on 21 August 1919. He was appointed Ensign, USNR, on 21 April 1941. On 12 February 1942, Sutton was ordered to the Third Naval District to await transportation to light cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52). He reported for duty in the new ship on 02 March 1942. Ens. Sutton was killed on 13 November 1942 when Juneau was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-26 and sunk with heavy loss of life in the aftermath of the nocturnal Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

    USS Sutton (DE 771) (1944-1948) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Photo from the USS Juneau (CL 52) Web Site

    An extended biography of Ens. Sutton by Scott B. Thompson, Sr. from the PIECES OF OUR PAST Laurens County, Ga. Web Site
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
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    126k 14 May 1945: The Atlantic Ocean - The surrendered German submarine U-234 alongside the destroyer escort USS Sutton (DE 771). Note Kapitšnleutnant Johann-Heinrich Fehler (left, with white cap), captain of U-234 aboard Sutton.

    (Photo courtesy of Seaman Harry O'Brien from the U.S. National Archives / Record Group 38)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    26k undated DESA Archives
    229k 14 December 1946: Brooklyn, N.Y. - USS Sutton (DE 771) and two unidentified sisters moored to a Brooklyn East River Pier at New York City.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 79726, Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    79k circa 1958: ROKS Kang Won (F-72, ex-USS Sutton DE 771), underway , location unknown.

    (Official Korean Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    70k ROKS Kang Won, circa 1967
    150k Undated photo of ROKS Kang Won (F-72). The ship, ex-USS Sutton (DE 771), was transferred to Korea in 1956.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 45333 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Sutton History
    View the USS Sutton (DE 771) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Sutton as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    A Very Comprehensive Biography of Shelton Beverly Sutton, Jr. by Scott B. Thompson, Sr.

    Sutton's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  22 Dec. 1944 - 14 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Thomas William Nazro, USNR (Comm. CO) (Concord, N.H.)
    2.)  14 Dec. 1945 - 27 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Travers Rountree Harrington, USNR (Kempsville, Va.)
    3.)  27 Apr. 1946 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Edgar Hull Forrest, USN (London, England)
    4.)  .. .... 1946 - 08 Jul. 1946Cmdr. Robert Conrad Joerg III, USN (Eufaula, Ala.)
    5.)  08 Jul. 1946 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Donald Arthur Regan, USNR (East Boston, Mass.)

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