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USS Cooner (DE 172)

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N - X - T - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Cooner (DE 172) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 February 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 23 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. I. Cooner
  • 21 August 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Yard Commandant Radm. Monroe Kelly, Lcdr. J. M. Stuart in command
  • 01 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9⅓ months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold, scrapped
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    Cooner 204k 04 September 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Starboard quarter view of USS Cooner (DE 172) at the New York Navy Yard, two weeks after being commissioned. The ship was built at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J. She got underway from the Navy Yard at 07:05, anchored off Fort Lafayette in Lower New York Harbor at 08:05 and began receiving ammunition from the lighter Captain Jarvis.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-63.07.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Cooner 113k September 1944 John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    Cooner 165k undated wartime images
    Cooner 86k
    Cooner 130k
    Cooner 145k memorial photo by Liberty Picture Company 1945, belonging to John's stepfather, Carl Balus Jackson, S1C John Sloan

    Cooner History
    View the USS Cooner (DE 172) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Cooner's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Aug. 1943 - 17 Apr. 1944Lcdr. John McCreery Stuart, USN (Comm. CO)
    2.) 17 Apr. 1944 - 30 May 1945Lcdr. Theodore L. Bergen, USNR 
    3.) 30 May 1945 - 24 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Louis T. Hindenlang, USNR*
    4.) 24 Oct. 1945 - 31 Oct. 1945 Lcdr. William H. Johnson, Jr., USNR
    5.) 31 Oct. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt. Harry L. Sears, USNR
    6.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Ray Budde, USNR (St. Louis, Mo.)
    7.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946muster sheet unsigned
    *Relieved for medical reasons after being hospitalized at Saipan.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Cooner
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