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USS Ira Jeffery (APD-44)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Ira Jeffery (DE-63) (1943 - 1945)
November - Xray - Quebec - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 13 February 1943 as Jeffery (DE-63), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
Launched, 15 May 1943
Renamed Ira Jeffery, 29 July 1943
Commissioned USS Ira Jeffery (DE-63), 15 August 1943, LCDR. Robert A. Fitch USNR, in command
During World War II USS Ira Jeffery was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Redesignated (APD-44), 23 February 1945
Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1960
Final Disposition, sunk as a target 31 July 1962 by USS Sennet (SS-408), using an
experimental Mark 16 torpedo, off the coast of Charleston S.C., approximately 200 nautical miles in a SE direction, at a depth of 2821 feet
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Ira Jeffery (APD-44) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||James Donald White for his father James William White S1/c USS Ira Jeffery
USS Ira Jeffery (DE-63 / APD-44)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Fitch, Robert Atwood, USN (USNA 1931)||15 August 1943 - 10 February 1944||DE-63|
|02||LT. Cassels-Smith, George Reginald, USNR||10 February 1944 - 2 May 1944 (illness)||DE-63|
|03||LCDR. White, Alexander Marvin, USNR||2 May 1944 - 30 May 1944||DE-63|
|04||LT. Cassels-Smith, George Reginald, USNR||30 May 1944 - 12 October 1944||DE-63|
|05||LT. Doheny, William Henry, USNR||12 October 1944 - 14 November 1945||DE-63 / APD-44|
|06||LT. Ash, Wayne Thomas, USNR||14 November 1945 - 1 February 1946||APD-44|
|07||LTjg. Niblock, Alexander USN||1 February 1946 - 18 June 1946||APD-44|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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