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USCGC Duane (WAGC-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Delta - Delta
NRDD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Presidential Unit Citation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal

Treasury Class Coast Guard Cutter:
  • USCGC Duane along with USCGC Campbell, USCGC Ingham, USCGC Taney, USCGC Spencer and Bibb were all converted to Amphibious Force Flagships in 1944. Superstructures were extended aft, armament was changed to two 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, and six 40mm gun mounts, a main mast was also added during conversion. All retained their Coast Guard designations except Duane. Duane was to be taken over by the Navy and designated USS Duane (AGC-6), but that plan was dropped and Duane retained her original designation as USCGC Duane (WAGC-33).
  • Laid down, 1 May 1935, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 3 June 1936
  • Commissioned USCGC William J. Duane (WPC-33), 1 August 1936, CDR P. F. Roach, USCG in command
  • During World War II USCGC Duane served as a convoy escort in the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters (WPC-33) and as an Amphibious Command Ship, designated (WAGC-33) in the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1985
  • Final Disposition, Sunk as an artificial reef off Key Largo, Florida, 27 November 1987
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,350 t. (lt)
    Length 327' 0"
    Beam 41' 0"
    Draft 12' 6" (max.)
    Speed 20.5 kts (max)
    Complement
    1937
    12 officers
    4 warrant officers
    107 enlisted
    1941
    16 officers
    4 warrant officers
    202 enlisted
    1966
    10 officers
    3 warrant officers
    134 enlisted
    Armament
    1936
    two single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    two 6-pdrs
    one 1-pdr
    1941
    three single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four .50 caliber Browning Machine Guns
    two depth charge racks
    one"Y" gun depth charge projector
    1943
    two single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual gun mounts
    two single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    one Hedgehog
    six "K" gun depth charge projectors
    two depth charge racks
    1945
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    three twin 40mm/60 AA gun mounts
    four single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    1946
    one single 5"/38 cal dual gun mount
    one twin 40mm;/60 AA gun mount
    eight single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    one Hedgehog
    1966
    one single 5"/38 MK30 Mod75 cal dual purpose gun mount w/ MK 52 MOD 3 director
    one MK 10-1 Hedgehog
    two (P&S) x Mk 32 MOD 5 TT
    four MK 44 MOD 1 torpedoes
    two .50 cal. MK-2 Browning Machine Guns
    two MK-13 high altitude parachute flare mortars
    Aircraft
    1936, Grumman JF-2, V148
    1938, Curtiss SOC-4
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 135,180 gallons (547 tons)
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse double-reduction geared turbines
    two Babcock & Wilcox sectional express, air-encased, 400 psi, 200 superheat
    two 9' three-bladed propellers, 6,200shp (1966)

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    USCGC Duane (WPG-33)
    Duane 87k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) in Godthaab Fjord, Greenland in the Spring of 1941. Her mission was to survey the east coast of Greenland in order to identify sites for airfields. Note the SOC-4 seaplane amidships.
    Photo courtesy of A. D. Baker III from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 63k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way, 21 March 1943, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 56k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way, 21 March 1943, location unknown. Photo gives a good stern view of a 327 class cutter at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 107k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way, date unknown, in heavy seas, typical for the winter months in the North Atlantic. The 327 class cutters proved to be excellent sea keepers. Photo was taken from the deck of a sister ship, the USCGC Spencer (WPG-36) while both were on anti-submarine patrol and convoy duty during the war.
    US Coast Guard photo # 3487.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 86k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way in heavy seas, date unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Duane (WAGC-33)
    Duane 67k Starboard bow view of USCGC Duane (WAGC-33) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 6 March 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo # 7105 (44); BS # 62563
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 67k Starboard broadside view of USCGC Duane (WAGC-33) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 6 March 1944.
    US National Archives (RG-19-LCM, file W33), photo # 19-N-62563 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Duane 86k Starboard quarter view of USCGC Duane (WAGC-33) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 6 March 1944.
    US National Archives (RG-19-LCM, file W33), photo # 19-N-62564 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Duane 63k USCGC Duane (WAGC-33) moored pierside after conversion to an Amphibious Force Flagship.
    US Navy photo
     
    Duane 147k USCGC Duane (WAGC-33) while at anchor in Naples harbor, Italy, 24 July 1944. she is shown dressed with flags for a visit by King George VI. An SC-3 radar antenna is atop the mainmast, and an SGa atop the foremast.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina.
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Duane (WPG-33)
    Duane 241k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way , circa 1953, location unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 27k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) during the mid-1950's. Note Boston's Deer island is in the background.
    Official US Coast Guard. photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 61k USCGC Duane (WPG-33) under way in the early-1960s, location unknown.
    Official US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Duane (WHMC-33)
    Duane 54k A boarding party from USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) inspecting one of the hundreds of vessels that plied the waters off South Vietnam. Such boardings were one of the primary missions of Coast Guard Squadron Three and were instrumental in halting the movement of Communist supplies and reinforcements by sea.
    Photograph was scanned from the cruise book USCGC Duane In Vietnam 1967-1968 (U.S. Coast Guard, 1968), p. 25. from Duane Historic Photo Gallery - US Coast Guard Historian's web site.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 326k USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) under way in the South China Sea, in 1967.
    USCG photo, from the 1968-69 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 33k An undated image of USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) undertaking another of the primary missions assigned to the cutters of Coast Guard Squadron Three, that of Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS). Her main battery fired in support of forces ashore in Vietnam 17 different times, firing a total of 1,778 rounds of ammunition. A black & white copy of this photo appears in the yearbook 33: Coast Guard Cutter Duane: Queen of the Seas: 1 August 1936 - 1 August 1985. Portland, Maine: United States Coast Guard Cutter Duane, 1985--the official cutter history published for her decommissioning.
    Photo from Duane Historic Photo Gallery - US Coast Guard Historian's web site.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 67k USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) with USCGC Point Lomas (82321) (Commanded by LTjg. John S. Howse) comes alongside to drop off engine parts and to pick up mail to ferry into Da Nang, 29 March 1968. Although smaller cutters are painted Navy gray and belong to another squadron, they are still Coast Guard, and their brief visits are always welcome by the high endurance cutters.
    US Coast Guard. photo # 052968-05.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 95k USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) during a under way replenishment with the fleet oiler USS Guadalupe (AO-32) near Da Nang. Photo taken from the yearbook 33: Coast Guard Cutter Duane: Queen of the Seas: 1 August 1936 - 1 August 1985 (Portland, Maine: United States Coast Guard Cutter Duane, 1985), p. 13. This was the official cutter history published for her decommissioning.
    Official US Coast Guard. photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 65k USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) steaming home after completing her tour of duty in Vietnam, August 1968. Note the "homeward bound" pennant fluttering from her foremast, suspended in the air by helium-filled balloons. Duane permanently departed Vietnamese waters on 28 July 1968.
    Official US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Duane 34k USCGC Duane (WHMC-33) meeting with Soviet factory ship Robert Ehyke, 19 May 1971, 51 miles S.E. of Nantucket, MA. The photo shows Duane providing support for an at-sea conference between an American ambassador, representatives of the local fishing industries and the commander of a Soviet Georges Banks' fishing fleet. The conference was set up to settle disputes between U.S. and Soviet fishermen.
    Photo from Duane Historic Photo Gallery - US Coast Guard Historian's web site.
    Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USCGC Duane, see;
  • US Coast Guard Historian's Office
  • Duane Historic Photo Gallery - US Coast Guard Historian's Office

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Roach, Philip Francis, USCG ;COMO1 August 1936 - November 1938
    02CDR. Cornell, John H., USCG ;COMONovember 1938 - September 1939
    03LCDR. Guisness, Carl E.September 1939 - December 1939
    04CDR. Martinson, Albert M.December 1939 - 1940
    06CDR. Martinson, Albert M.December 1941 - January 1943
    07CAPT. Bradbury, Harold Gardner, USCG ;RADMJanuary 1943 - July 1943
    08CAPT. Jewell, Robert C., USCGJuly 1943 - January 1944
    09CAPT. Moore, Harold Conklin, USCG :RADM January 1944 - May 1945
    10CDR. Dirks, John A., USCGMay 1945 - December 1945
    11CDR. Bernier, George N., USCGno dates
    12CAPT. Colmar, Peter Vincent, USCG ;RADMNovember 1950 - January 1952
    14CDR. Hay, Sidney Miller, CDR, USCGJanuary 1952 - 1952
    15CAPT. Foutter, Richard C., USCG1952 - 1954
    16CAPT. Tydlacka, Victor F., USCG1954 - 1956
    17CAPT. Mavor, Preston B., USCG1956 - 1957
    18CAPT. Rollins, Glenn L., USCG1957 - 1959
    19LCDR. Hoover, Richard E.1959 - 1960
    20CAPT. Trimble, Paul E., USCG ;VADM1960 - July 1961
    21CAPT. Kniskern Jr., Henry P., USCGJuly 1961 - June 1963
    22CAPT. Pearson, Helmer Sheppard, USCG :RADMJune 1963 - June 1965
    23CAPT. Barrow, Winford Welborn, USCG :RADMJune 1965 - August 1965
    24CAPT. Frost, Albert, USCGAugust 1965 - 1967
    25CAPT. Hume, John W.1967 - 1969
    26CAPT. Erdmann, Roger F., USCG1969 - 1971
    27CDR. Wirtz, John C.1971 - 1971
    28CDR. Bacon, Robert B.1971 - 1973
    29CDR. Wise, Richard B.1973 - 1975
    30CDR. Hartgen, Roger P.1975 - 1977
    32CDR. Schowengerdt Jr., Leo Nicholas1978 - 1979
    33CAPT. Mincks, Charles Stanley, USCG1979 - 1981
    34CDR. Dorrian, Leonard V.1981 - 1983
    35CDR. Murphy Jr., Laurence J.1983 - 1 August 1985
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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