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USS Ira Jeffery (APD-44)
USS Ira Jeffery (DE-63) (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
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
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    Ira Jeffery 102k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Fitch, Robert Atwood, USN (USNA 1931)15 August 1943 - 10 February 1944DE-63
    02LT. Cassels-Smith, George Reginald, USNR10 February 1944 - 2 May 1944 (illness)DE-63
    03LCDR. White, Alexander Marvin, USNR2 May 1944 - 30 May 1944DE-63
    04LT. Cassels-Smith, George Reginald, USNR30 May 1944 - 12 October 1944DE-63
    05LT. Doheny, William Henry, USNR12 October 1944 - 14 November 1945DE-63 / APD-44
    06LT. Ash, Wayne Thomas, USNR14 November 1945 - 1 February 1946APD-44
    07LTjg. Niblock, Alexander USN1 February 1946 - 18 June 1946APD-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
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