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USS CORRY (DD-817 / DDR-817)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - MISGIVE

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas April 5 1945.
Launched July 28 1945 and commissioned February 26 1946.
Reclassified DDR-817 April 9 1953, reverted to DD-817 January 1 1964.
Completed FRAM upgrade September 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 27 1981.
To Greece July 8 1981, renamed Kriezis [Κριεζής]
Stricken in 1994.
Fate Removed from Souda Bay, Crete, 08 April 2002; to be towed to Turkey for scrapping.

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Corry 91kWilliam Merrill Corry was born 5 October 1889 in Quincy, Florida and graduated from the United States Naval Academy 3 June 1910, and was designated naval aviator 6 March 1916. He served with distinction in command of the air station at Le Croisic, France, during World War I, and after the war remained in Europe working with the aviation aspects of demobilization. While serving on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Corry was injured in an airplane crash at Hartford, Connecticut, 3 October 1920. Thrown clear with several broken ribs, he plunged into the flaming wreckage to save the plane's pilot, Lieutenant Arthur C. Wagner. Corry was severely burned on his face and arms, while Wagner died of his burns eight hours later. Corry succumbed to his injuries on 7 October. His heroism was posthumously recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Photo #: 24-P-73. Ensign William Merrill Corry, Jr., USN (1889-1920) photograph by F. Brunel, taken March 1913. Photograph from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Personnel Collections in the U.S. National Archives.
Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
USS Corry (DD-817)
Corry 19kUndated, location unknown.Howard Longstreth
Corry 41kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Corry 195kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Corry 140kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Corry 38kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Corry 152kUndated, location unknown.Dave Wright
Corry 152kMoored at Pensacola, late 1940s. USS Cabot (CVL-28) is moored in the background. photo from collection of J. Bachman.Dave Wright
Corry 32kTied up at Pensacola, FL - 1948Donald H. Wilson, RM2, - GS-11 Ret.
Corry 73kPensacola, FL - 1948Donald H. Wilson, RM2, - GS-11 Ret.
Corry 50kQuébec City, July 1950.Marc Piché
Corry 96kA series of four photos of the Corry taken by George Panos QM2 as she came alongside the USS Baltimore (CA-68) for refueling during the 1952 Med Cruise.George Panos
Corry 140kAs above.George Panos
Corry 118kAs above.George Panos
Corry 121kAs above.George Panos
Corry 110kUSS Corry (DDR-817) underway alongside the ASW aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CVS-36) circa 1953, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Corry 94kEntering New York Harbor in 1955.Richard L. Kanary FT2 54-56
Corry 129kNovember 6 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Corry 186kUSS Davis (DD-937) and USS Corry (DD-817) in Genoa, Italy December 26 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Corry 111kUSS Corry (DD-817) in Genoa, Italy May 8 1962.Carlo Martinelli
Corry 195kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Corry 81kNew York circa 1970's.Marc Piché
Corry 71kPurchased in the Ship's Store in the late 1970's.Randy J. Geiger EW2 75-79
Corry 102kLeft to right: USS America (CVA-66), USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), and USS Ranger (CVA-61), with USS Oriskany (CVA-34) steaming astern of the Big E, and five destroyers and destroyer escorts in the lead. Vietnam cease-fire, Sunday, 28 January 1973. Escorts are, left to right: USS Bronstein (DE-1037), USS Corry (DD-817), USS William C. Lawe (DD-763), USS Fanning (DE-1076), and USS Cone (DD-866). (Photo and escorts id thanks to Enterprise WestPac 1972–73 Cruise Book, via Bob Canchola.)USS Oriskany Alumni Facebook Group, via Bob Canchola, BT, USS Oriskany 1971–1973
Corry 52kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Corry 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Corry 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Greek Service
Corry 40kAntonios Kriezis (1795-1865) was a navy captain during the War for Greek Independence and Prime Minister of Greece (1849-1854).Dave Wright
Corry 212kHNS Kriezis (D 217) in the Aegean Sea, 1982. Picture caption reads : "To PO K.Tzioras for his service on board HNS Kriezis" and Signed by LtCdr N.Drikos,CO.Anthony J. Vrailas
Corry 34kKriezis (D 217) being assisted by Greek Navy tugs at Souda Bay, Crete, 1984.Marc Piché
Corry 54kKriezis (D 217) riding at anchor, Souda Bay, Crete, 1984.Marc Piché
Corry 49kKriezis (D 217) dockside at Souda Bay, Crete, 1984.Marc Piché
Corry 110kIn Souda Bay, Crete summer 1995. From L to R : the former USN destroyers Corry (DD-817), USS Aulick (DD-569), USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) and USS Ingraham (DD-694) waiting to be scrapped.Anthony J. Vrailas
Corry 96kKriezis (D 217) undated, Location unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Corry 55kKriezis (D 217) undated, Location unknown.Anthony J. Vrailas
Corry 78kA Westland Lynx helicopter of the Royal Navy flies over the Greek destroyer Kriezis (D 217) as the elements of Naval On-call Forces Mediterranean, 01 November 1990. Task Force 432 participate in exercise Deterrent Force 2/90, a part of Operation Desert Shield. Photographed by PHAN Jay B. Manzano. Photo ID: # DNST9103754.Robert Hurst

USS CORRY DD-817 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Martin Adam Shellabarger    Feb 27 1946 - Jun 12 1947

CDR David Livingston Roscoe Jr.    Jun 12 1947 - Nov 15 1948 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles Sylvester Quinn Jr.    Nov 15 1948 - May 11 1949

LT Owen Leo Duffy    May 11 1949 - May 13 1949

CDR David Livingston Roscoe Jr.    May 13 1949 - Jul 6 1949 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Simon Mendelkorn    Jul 6 1949 - Jun 1 1951

CDR Milton Abraham Zimmerman    Jun 1 1951 - Jan 8 1954

CDR Frank Dolan Whalen    Jan 8 1954 - Nov 28 1955

CDR John Everett Greenbacker Jr.    Nov 28 1955 - Sep 15 1957

CDR Richard Galt Zimmermann    Sep 15 1957 - Oct 7 1958

CDR Charles William Ward    Oct 7 1958 - Dec 27 1960

CDR Harold Wade Killer    Dec 27 1960 - Jul 8 1962

CDR Archy Louis Lupia    Jul 8 1962 - Dec 2 1963

LT Virgil Chester Snyder    Dec 2 1963 - May 28 1964

LCDR Jarvis Norman Messer    May 28 1964 - Jul 1 1964

CDR John Edward Lowell    Jul 1 1964 - Oct 26 1965

CDR William Joseph Aicklen Jr.    Oct 26 1965 - Jan 6 1968

CDR Cornelius Stribling Snodgrass Jr.    Jan 6 1968 - Oct 7 1969

CDR Paul Patrick Connolly    Oct 7 1969 - Jun 3 1971

CDR Robert Emmett Clark Jr.    Jun 3 1971 - Oct 4 1972

LCDR Gerald John McCormick    Oct 4 1972 - Apr 13 1973

CDR Richard George Hollenbach    Apr 13 1973 - Jan 11 1974

CDR Anthony Paul Porcaro    Jan 11 1974 - Oct 11 1975

CDR Guy Andre Archambault    Oct 11 1975 - Aug 6 1977

CDR George Washington Crowninshield    Aug 6 1977 - Apr 12 1979

CDR Gary Bair    Apr 12 1979 - Feb 27 1981

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Wayne Owens
Address: 5552 Heatherhill Dr., Roanoke,VA 24019

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Destroyer History Foundation
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