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USS Lee Fox (APD-45)
USS Lee Fox (DE-65) (1943 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Delta - Lima
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Lashing (J)uliet - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
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, 1 March 1943 as Lee Fox (DE-65), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA.
  • Launched, 29 May 1943
  • Commission as USS Lee Fox (DE-65), 30 August 1943, LCDR. William C. Jennings USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Lee Fox was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport; redesignated (APD-45), 21 February 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1964
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 31 January 1966 to Southern Scrap Metal Co., New Orleans LA, removed, 15 February 1966
    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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    Lee Fox 132k USS Lee Fox (APD-45) after colliding with USS Gilbert Islands (CVE-107). Photo is often incorrectly identified as USS Andres (DE-45).
    US Navy photo, now in the collection of the US National Archives.
    Ed Eastman, EM2c, USS Andres (DE-45)

    USS Lee Fox (APD-45)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Jennings, William Croft, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM30 August 1943 - 22 December 1943DE-65
    02LT. Claytor, Jr., William Graham, USNR (SECNAV)22 December 1943 - 11 October 1944DE-65
    03LCDR. Uhl, John Howard, USNR11 October 1944 - 20 October 1945DE-65 / APD-45
    04LT. Bronson, Beckwith Roger, USNR20 October 1945 - 31 March 1946APD-45
    05LCDR. Dressling, Richard Joseph, USN31 March 1946 - 13 May 1946APD-45
    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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