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USS Major (DE 796)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - D - J
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon
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
Major (DE 796) Building and Operational Data:
16 August 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
23 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Ens. Margaret Roper Major, Ensign Majorís widow
12 February 1944: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr O. W. Goepner in command
13 March 1948: Decommissioned at Long Beach, Cal.; berthed with the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Stockton, Cal.
1 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
27 November 1973: Sold for scrapping
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||USS Major (DE 796) cutting water very early in the morning in the San Francisco Bay during WWII. (Photo courtesy of World War II Photography)
View the USS Major (DE 796) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|Major's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 12 Feb. 1944 - May 1945||Lcdr. Oscar William Goepner (comm.)
|2.) 1947||Lcdr. Edward Matthews Higgins, Jr.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Major
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