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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


Specifications:
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
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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    Major 161k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Major 148k 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) Bill Gonyo

    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 Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Feb. 1944 - May 1945Lcdr. Oscar William Goepner (comm.)
    2.) 1947Lcdr. Edward Matthews Higgins, Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the Frequently
    Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

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