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USS Sutton (DE 771)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
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, 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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    Sutton 119k Artist's conception of Sutton 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
    Sutton 26k undated DESA Archives
    Sutton 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
    Sutton 70k ROKS Kang Won, circa 1967
    Sutton 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.

    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
    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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