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USS Neunzer (DE 150)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - 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
Neunzer (DE 150) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 January 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 01 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Weimar E. Neunzer, widow of Machinist Neunzer
  • 27 September 1943: Commissioned at the Orange City Dock by Cap't J. M. Schelling, USN; Lt. John E. Greenbacker in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned after 2 years and 8½ months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Witte Scrap Yard, Staten Island, N.Y.
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    95k undated wartime image -
    201k 25 April 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Neunzer (DE 150) underway at speed.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-228165 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    58k 04 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Neunzer (DE 150) transfers a sick sailor to the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) in the Atlantic. The sailor was transferred to USS Guadalcanal to receive an emergency appendectomy.

    (Source: U.S. Navy photo from the USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) World War II cruise book)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    58k October 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Neunzer (DE 150) at sea.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    155k circa 1944: location unknown - Officers of the destroyer escort USS Neunzer (DE 150). Seated at lower right is Lieutenant Richard B. Snow, who ran his own architecture firm in New York City before the war.

    (Personal photo from an opinion piece written by son Richard Snow in the New York Times on Saturday, 19 June 2010)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    304k circa 1944: location unknown - Crew photo of the destroyer escort USS Neunzer (DE 150).

    (Photo from HyperWar, The U.S. Navy in World War II
    218k 25 May 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Mothballed destroyer escorts at the Inactive Ship Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

    Upper photo, from left to right; Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Lower photo, from left to right; Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), Edward H. Allen (DE 531), McClelland (DE 750), Cooner (DE 172), Neunzer (DE 150), and Swenning (DE 394).

    Note from Rick Davis: "Back in May 1973, Martin Holbrook (INRO Photo Collection), invited me for a tour of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Mothball Fleet. Martin had been making trips to Philly and other mothball sites for years and was one of the “old-timers” that had been taking photos of USN ships since before WWII in the New York City area. Anyway, when he picked me up in his van, there were two other gents. One was Ted Stone (I thought the other one was Paul Silverstone, but when I had a chance to ask him a few years ago if it was, he said he didn’t recall a photo trip to PhilNSY). Martin had enough “pull” that we were provided with an Admiral’s Gig! I had my brand-new Nikon F2 35-mm camera. Martin and Ted had larger format cameras. I felt like a rank amateur and a kid in a candy store. I have seen some of the same photos of subjects that we all took photos from the same boat, show-up elsewhere. We were all excited that USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was on the outside of a nest this trip. Martin had been trying to get good views of her for years. Ex-USS Gherardi (DD 637) ... built at PhilNY ... was outside the reserve basin ready to be towed away for scrapping. We got photos of her as well".
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    Neunzer History
    View the USS Neunzer (DE 150) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Neunzer as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Neunzer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 Sep 1943 - 02 May 1944Lcdr. John Everett Greenbacker Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '40) (Meridan, Conn.)
    2.) 02 May 1944 - .. Jan. 1946Lcdr. Virgil Edward Gex, USN (USNA '40) (Graham, Mo.)
    3.) .. Jan. 1946 - 14 Jun. 1946Lcdr. P. A. Murray, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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