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USS Flaherty (DE 135)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - W - S - O
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Flaherty (DE 135) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 November 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 17 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. J. Flaherty, sister-in-law of Ensign Flaherty
  • 26 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. M. W. Firth in command
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Tampa, Fla. in company with William R. Rush (DD 714) and Sea Owl (SS 405)
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at the Charleston Navy Yard after 3 years of service
  • 01 April 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 04 November 1966: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md.
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    45k Francis Charles Flaherty was born on 15 March 1919 in Charlotte, Michigan. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 06 July 1940, and was appointed ensign 12 December 1940. While serving in USS Oklahoma (BB 37) he sacrificed his life in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. When his ship was being abandoned, he remained in a turret holding a flashlight so that all of his men could see to escape. For this supreme devotion to duty, Ensign Flaherty was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

    The escort ship USS Flaherty (DE 135) (1943-1946) was named in his honor.

    (Photo from the the Home of Heroes)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Flaherty 167k 17 January 1943: Orange, Tex. - Flaherty (DE 135) ready for sideways launching at the Consolidated Steel Co. shipyard.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Flaherty 129k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    Flaherty 102k USS Flaherty transferring a survivor of the USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) to a unidentified CVE.

    (Photo taken from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War 11", by Theodore Roscoe
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Flaherty 50k Oil Painting showing Flaherty underway. Sam L. Massette) From The DESA archives

    Flaherty History
    View the USS Flaherty (DE 135) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Flaherty as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Flaherty's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Jun. 1943 - 16 Oct. 1943Lcdr. Maxim William Firth, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '31) (Bennington, Vt.)
    2.) 16 Oct. 1943 - 14 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Means (Mike) Fernandis Johnston Jr., USN (USNA 39) (Schlater, Miss.) (Ret. as Adm.)
    3.) 14 Sep. 1944 - 07 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Howard Carlton Duff, USNR (USNA '33) (Sweetwater, Tex.)
    4.) 07 Dec. 1945 - 11 Jan. 1946Lt. Maurice Golden, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Reunion Info We Have:
    Task Force 22.3 & CVE 60 Guadalcanal,
    Spring of 2004, at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Ill.

    Contact Name: Roger Cozens
    Address: 2528 13th Avenue
    City/State: Greeley CO 80631
    Phone: (970) 352-3022
    E-mail: R. Cozens

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