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USS Weeden (DE 797)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - S - 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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Weeden (DE 797) Building and Operational Data:
  • 18 August 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 27 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alice N. Weeden, grandmother of Ensign Weeden
  • 19 February 1944: Commissioned at the City Docks, Orange, Tex.; Lcdr. C. F. Tillinghast, Jr., in command
  • 09 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 20 November 1946: Assigned to Reserve Training Duty (11th Naval District)
  • 26 May 1950: Recommissioned (in reserve)
  • 26 February 1958: Decommissioned at the U.S. Naval Station, Tongue Point, Astoria, Ore. after 11 years and 3 months of service, custody transferred to Commander, Columbia River Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 13 years and 6 months of service
  • 27 October 1969: Sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations, Inc. of Portland, Ore.
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    61k Carl Alfred Weeden was born on 14 April 1916 in Trinidad, Colo. He grew up in Colorado and was appointed a midshipman at the Naval Academy on 22 June 1936. He graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1940 and reported for duty in USS Arizona (BB 39) on 09 June 1940. Ensign Weeden spent his entire but brief naval career in Arizona. He was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941 which sank Arizona at the outset. Ensign Weeden was awarded the Purple Heart Medal posthumously.

    USS Weeden (DE 797) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    22k 30 August 1944: USS Weeden (DE 797) at Boston wearing Measure 32/3D camouflage scheme. The ship is conducting training exercises at Casco Bay, Maine, after returning on 18 August from convoy escort duties to and from Bizerte, Tunisia. In this photo, the Weedon has been modified to carry additional 40mm AA guns in place of the torpedo tube mount and has a short main mast with HF/DF antenna to aid in detection of German U-Boats.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-382813 from the United States National Archives)
    Jerry Church
    228k 19 January 1945: The Atlantic Ocean - USS Weeden (DE 797) underway in Massachusetts Bay, northwest of Cape Cod. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-11. The ship's camouflage may be Measure 32, Design 30D.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-301397from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    91k 1951: Avalon, Catalina Island - Our division was USS Goss, USS John C Butler, and USS Weeden. I was Supply Officer on Goss at the time. Dorcey D. Beard
    65k undated Korean War image Bill Tennison
    Korean War crewmember
    289k 23 August 1956: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Weeden (DE 797) docked at Vancouver. USS Goss (DE 444) is docked astern of Weeden.

    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8718 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    255k late 1950's: An undated shot of USS Weeden (DE 797) underway.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 82313 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Weeden History
    View the USS Weeden (DE 797) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Weeden's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 19 Feb. 1944 18 Dec. 1945Lcdr. / Cmdr. Charles Foster Tillinghast Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Providence, R. I.)
    2.) 18 Dec. 1945 09 May 1946Lt.(jg) Peyton Giles Townes, USNR (Wilmington, N. C.)
    3.) .. Jul. 1951 .. Jul. 1952Lcdr. Joseph Nicholson Behan Jr., USN (USNA 42) (Newport, R. I.)
    5.) 1955 28 Feb. 1957Lcdr. Chester Robert Langer, USN (Minden Twp., Iowa)
    6.) 28 Feb. 1957 26 Feb. 1958Lcdr. Frank Chappell Daniel, USN (Decomm. CO)

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