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|20k||Dudley Wright Knox was born 21 June 1877 in Fort Walla Walla, Wash. and graduated from the Naval Academy on 05 June 1896. During the Spanish-American War he
served in Maple in Cuban waters. He commanded gunboats Albany and Iris during the Philippine Insurrection and the latter during the Chinese
Boxer Rebellion. He then commanded three of the Navy's first destroyers: Shubrick, Wilkes, and Decatur before commanding the First Torpedo
Flotilla. During the cruise of the "Great White Fleet" he was ordnance officer of Nebraska (BB 14). Preceeding WWI he was Fleet Ordnance Officer in both Atlantic and Pacific,
served the Office of Naval Intelligence, and commanded the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. In November 1917, he joined the staff of Admiral Sims, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters,
and earned the Navy Cross for "distinguished service" serving as Aide in the Planning Section, and later in the Historical Section. He was promoted to Captain on 01 February 1918. After returning
to the United States in March 1919 for a year on the faculty of the Naval War College, he successively commanded Brooklyn (ACR 3) and Charleston (C 22) before resuming
duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Transferred to the Retired List of the Navy 20 October 1921, he continued active duty simultaneously serving as Officer in Charge, Office of Naval Records and Library, and as Curator for the Navy Department. Early in World War II he was assigned additional duty as Deputy Director of Naval History. For 25 years his leadership inspired diligence, efficiency, and initiative while he guided, improved, and expanded the Navy's archival and historical operations. A master of content and style, his clear writings include The Eclipse of American Sea Power (1922); The Naval Genius of George Washington (1932); and A History of the United States Navy (1936), recognized as "the best one-volume history of the United States Navy in existence." Advanced to Commodore 2 November 1945, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" while directing the preservation of accurate records of the U.S. naval operations in World War II. Commodore Knox was relieved of all active duty 26 June 1946. He died 11 June 1960.
USS Knox (DE 1052) (1969-1992) was the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
|105k||19 November 1966: Seattle, Wash. - USS Knox (DE 1052) during her launch.
(Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
England, United Kingdom
|351k||12 July 1969: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Stern view of USS Knox (DE 1052) docked at Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-5496 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|170k||04 March 1971: USS Chicago (CG 11) passes tow line to Knox after
she was disabled by a fire in the engineering spaces.
(Photo source unknown)
England, United Kingdom
|108k||1972: Pearl Harbor Hawaii
(Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
|123k||1977: Hawaii - at sea off Diamond Head||James H. Hopper III|
Commander, USN (ret.)
(All Four Photos
© James H. Hopper)
|162k||1977: in port at Hong Kong|
|83k||1978: taken at Shimoda Japan|
|37k||1978: Yokosuka Japan - entering port|
|79k||undated, but taken before the hull upgrade program||Vit Silevicz|
|237k||undated, but taken after the hull upgrade program
(Official USN Photo)
|Wendell R. McLaughlin Jr.|
(Official USN Photo)
|150k||09 December 1981: In the Pacific - An aerial starboard bow view of Knox underway off the coast of Luzon, Philippines.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-04009 by PHCS Steven Harris from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|276k||09 December 1981: In the Pacific - An aerial port quarter view of Knox underway off the coast of Luzon, Philippines.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-04007 by PHCS Steven Harris from the DVIC)
|382k||09 December 1981: In the Pacific - An aerial port bow view of Knox underway off the coast of Luzon, Philippines.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-04011 by PHCS Steven Harris from the DVIC)
|223k||15 October 1982: At sea - Aerial port bow view of USS Knox (FF 1052) underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07603 by PHAN Mellendorf from the DVIC )
|98k||28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard bow view of the front four ships of Battle Group Alfa underway. The ships are (front to back) the combat
stores ship USS San Jose (AFS 7), the guided missile cruiser USS
Reeves (CG 24), the guided missile destroyer USS
Cochrane (DDG 21), and Knox.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00927 from the DVIC)
|277k||28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard bow view of Knox underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00925 from the DVIC)
|123k||28 September 1985: In the Pacific - Aerial port bow view of Battle Group Alfa underway: (from front to back) the frigate Knox, the aircraft
carrier USS Midway (CV 41), the replenishment oiler USS
Kansas City (AOR 3), destroyer USS Oldendorf (DD 972), (all followed by), the ammunition ship
USNS Kilauea (T-AE 26) and the guided missile cruiser USS
England (CG 22).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00928 from the DVIC)
|122k||01 October 1987: At sea - Five ships of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) battle
group steam alongside one another. The ships are, from left to right: the frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087), USS
Francis Hammond (FF 1067), USS Lockwood
(FF 1064) and Knox, and the guided missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04059 from the DVIC)
|688k||16 December 1987: the Western Pacific Ocean - U.S. Navy crew members pose for a photo on the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) during her deployment to the
Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean from 15 October 1987 to 12 April 1988. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) are visible on deck. Ships in the battle group pictured are, left to right:
the ammunition ship USNS Kilauea (T-AE 26), Midway, the combat stores ship USS White Plains (AFS 4), the fleet oiler USNS Mispillion (T-AO 105), and the
frigate USS Knox (FF 1052).
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-88-02563 by PH3 William Holck from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
|176k||01 March 1991: Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Hawaii - A starboard beam view of Knox with a tug assisting her into a berth at Pearl Harbor.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-06496 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|252k||20 January 1994: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. - A view of several ships in storage at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. The ships
include the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) and the frigates
Lockwood (FF 1064), Kirk (FF 1087) and Knox (FF 1052).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-04477 by Lt. Corinne Kelley from the DVIC)
|258k||27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. -
Meyerkord (FF 1058), Hepburn (FF 1055) and Knox in mothballs,
nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
(Photos by Gilbert Gyssels)
|37k||1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - in reserve, nested with Francis
Hammond (FF 1067), Roark (FF 1053) and
Hepburn (FF 1055) alongside.
(Photo © James H. Hopper)
|James H. Hopper III|
Commander, USN (ret.)
|106k||undated: Bremerton, Wash. - USS Knox (FF 1052) lies starboard side to USS Sides (FFG 14), USS David R. Ray (DD 971), and an unidentified carrier.||Vit Silevicz|
|92k||undated: Bremerton, Wash. - USS Knox (FF 1052) lies starboard side to an unidentified Knox class frigate.|
|69k||undated: The Pacific Ocean - The hulk of ex-USS Knox is towed to sea by USNS Navajo (T-ATF 169) for use as a target in Exercise Valiant Shield '07.|
|View the USS Knox (DE 1052) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Knox's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 Apr. 1969 - 27 Jun. 1970||Cmdr. William Arthur Lamm|
|2.) 27 Jun. 1970 - 19 Nov. 1971||Cmdr. Estel Wilbur (Will) Hays (USNA '49) (Giltner, Nebr.)|
|3.) 19 Nov. 1971 - 15 May 1973||Cmdr. Ned Cooper Roberts (Findlay, Oh.)|
|4.) 15 May 1973 - 09 Jul. 1975||Cmdr. Everett Jackson Dennis|
|5.) 09 Jul. 1975 - 15 Jul. 1977||Cmdr. Markham Dennis Tuft (NROTC '63) (Berkeley, Cal.)|
|6.) 15 Jul. 1977 - 10 Aug. 1979||Cmdr. William Albert Hartman (Meriden, Conn.)|
|7.) 10 Aug. 1979 - 15 Aug. 1981||Cmdr. Dennis Ronald Conley (Los Angeles, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) 15 Aug. 1981 - 24 Nov. 1983||Cmdr. Charles Joseph Bustamante (USNA '63) (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|9.) 24 Nov. 1983 - 24 Jan. 1986||Cmdr. Kenneth Ralph McGruther (Glen Ridge, N.J.)|
|10.) 24 Nov. 1986 - 12 May 1988||Cmdr. James Leroy Hornback (Glendale, Cal.)|
|11.) 12 May 1988 - 05 Oct. 1990||Cmdr. Gregory Lester Maxwell|
|12.) 05 Oct. 1990 - 14 Feb. 1992||Cmdr. Robert Paul Farrington (Bangor, Me.)|
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