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USS Laning (DE 159 / APD 55)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (w/Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Laning (DE 159) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 April 1943: Keel laid by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va.
  • 04 July 1943: Launched
  • 01 August 1943: Christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mabel C. Laning, widow of Rear Admiral Laning, immediately followed by
  • 01 August 1943: Commissioned at the St. Helena Annex, Norfolk Navy Yard, Berkley, Va., Cmdr. E. C. Woodward in command
  • 24 November 1944: Reclassified APD 55, converted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 28 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 10 months of service
  • 06 April 1951: Recommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Force at Little Creek, Va.
  • 29 April 1955: Assigned as NRT ship, 3rd Naval District, at New York City
  • 02 August 1957: Reassigned as NRT ship at Bayonne, N.J.
  • 13 September 1957: Decommissioned at Bayonne, N.J. after 6 years and 5 months of service, mothballed with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Norfolk (James River Fleet)
  • 01 January 1969: Reclassified LPR (Amphibious Transport, Small)
  • 01 March 1975: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 3 months of service
  • 30 September 1975: Sold, scrapped
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    Laning 38k Harris L. Laning, born 18 October 1873 in Petersburg, Ill., graduated from the Naval Academy 07 June 1895. He served in the Philippines during the Philippine insurrection, and along with increasingly important sea duty, served as captain of the U.S. rifle team which won the Gold Medal in Stockholm, Sweden, at the 1912 Olympic Games. His first command was Cassin (DD 43), which operated off Vera Cruz during the 1914 Mexican Campaign. As Chief of Staff to Commander Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet in 1919 he skillfully supported the first successful transatlantic flight, made by Navy seaplane NC-4 in May. As a rear admiral, he commanded a battleship division, and was president of the Naval War College early in the 1930s; as vice admiral, he commanded Cruisers, Scouting Force. As admiral, he commanded Battle Force, U.S. Fleet, from 01 April 1935 to 20 April 1936. Commandant, New York Navy Yard, and 3d Naval District 20 April 1936 to 01 October 1937, Laning retired 01 November 1937, then served as Governor of the Naval Home, Philadelphia, until his death 02 February 1941.

    USS Laning (DE 159) (1943-1956) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Image from the book "Memoirs of Admiral Harris Laning")
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    ***Laning / Loy*** 46k DE's Laning and Loy fitting out at Norfolk Navy Yard 1943. Joe Radigan
    MACM, USN(ret.)

    Navsource Archive Manager
    Patrol & Mine Warfare Archives
    Laning 378k 12 May 1944: USS Laning (DE 159) preparing to fuel from USS Merrimack (AO 37). Between 0840 and 0958 Laning received 35,0221 gallons of fuel oil.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo, Catalog #L45-162.04.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Laning 92k Undated Wartime Image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.

    Laning History
    View the USS Laning (DE 159 / APD 55) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Laning's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Aug. 1943 - 08 Nov. 1943Cdr. Edwin Charles Woodward, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 32) (Mendon, Vt.)
    2.) 08 Nov. 1943 - .. Nov. 1945Lcdr. Edwin Arthur Shuman, Jr., USNR (Boston, Mass.)
    3.) .. Nov. 1945 - 28 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Roland Gilbert Bienvenue, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '41) (Lafayette, La.)
    4.) 06 Apr. 1951 - .. .... ....Lcdr. John Durand Patterson, USN (Recomm. CO) (USNA '41) (New Bern, N.C.)
    5.) .. .... 1953 - .. .... ....Lcdr. William Harvey Wild (Jacksonville, Fla.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert L. Jones
    Address: 616 E. Hancock St.
    City/State: Lansdale PA 19446
    Phone: (215) 855-2835
    E-mail: Robert Jones

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