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USS Runels (DE 793 / APD 85)

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N - Z - J - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation 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
Runels (DE 793) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 June 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 04 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. S. Runels, widow of Ensign Runels
  • 03 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. H. G. Claudius in command
  • 24 January 1945: Reclassified and converted APD 85 at New York
  • 10 February 1947: Decommissioned at Mayport, Fla. after 3 years and 1¼ months of service
  • 01 June 1960: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 July 1961: Sold for scrapping to the Portsmouth Salvage Co., Portsmouth, Va.
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    481k two undated wartime images

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-793 19-N-67527 and #CP-DE-790 19-N-67525 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    View the USS Runels (DE 793 / APD 85) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Runels' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 03 Jan. 1944 - 28 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Herbert Gordon Claudius, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 28 Feb. 1945 - 26 Sep. 1945Lt. Barnett Hamlin, USNR
    3.) 26 Sep. 1945 - 20 Jan. 1947Lcdr. Charles Paul Sheppard, USNR
    4.) 20 Jan. 1947 - 07 Feb. 1947Lt.(jg) Jack Parker Strickland (decomm.)

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