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|8k||John Eldridge, Jr., born 10 October 1903 in Buckingham County, Va., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1927. After flight training at Pensacola, Fla.,
he served at various stations on aviation duty. From 11 September 1941 he was Commander, Scouting Squadron 71, attached to USS Wasp (CV 7). Lieutenant Commander Eldridge
was killed in action in the Solomons on 02 November 1942. For his extraordinary heroism in leading the air attack on Japanese positions in the initial invasion of the Solomons, 07 and
08 August 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
USS Eldridge (DE 173) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the Home of Heroes)
|31k||25 July 1943: Newark, N.J. - After being christened, the future USS Eldridge (DE 173) slides down the Federal Shipyard building way into Newark Bay.||Bob Canchola|
|97k||Eldridge, of the Bostwick class doing her full speed. These ships retained the long-hull form of the Buckley class, but
are distinguished by their funnel form, taller than that of the Evarts type.
[U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
Bosnia - Hercegovina
|21k||Two undated wartime views of USS Eldridge at sea.||Bob Canchola|
|31k||undated wartime images||Rick McMillian|
|31k||15 January 1951: Boston, Mass. - Ceremony at the Boston Naval Shipyard, transferring the following ships to the Royal Hellenic Navy. USS
Eldridge DE-173 along with the USS Garfield Thomas DE-193, USS Slater DE-766, and USS Ebert DE-768. The transfer,
which was made under the provisions of the U.S. Mutual Defense Assistance Program, took place on 15 January 1951. The USS Eldridge DE-173 and the USS
Garfield Thomas DE-193 served in the Greek Navy respectively as the HNS Leon
(D-54) and HNS Panthir (D-67).
Photograph source: U.S. Department of State Photo #306-PSG-51-686 (Box 45)- O'Donnell. U.S. Information Agency Photograph in the U.S. National Archives)
|82k||Shortly after being transferred to the Greek Navy, the HNS Leon D-54 formerly the USS Eldridge DE-173 is seen underway with the HNS Panthir D-67 formerly the USS Garfield Thomas DE-193.|
|46k||circa 1952: as HNS Leon (D-54)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|86k||1960's: as HNS Leon (D-54)||Tony Vrailas|
|View the USS Eldridge (DE 173) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Eldridge's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 27 Aug. 1943 - 21 Apr. 1944||Lcdr. Charles R. Hamilton, USNR|
|2.) 21 Apr. 1944 - 30 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. William Kent Van Allen, USNR (Albion, N.Y.)|
|3.) 30 Nov. 1945 - 05 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James M. Manire, USNR (Lubbock, Tex.)|
|4.) 03 Jan. 1946 - 02 Apr. 1946||Lt.(jg) Rufus K. Guthrie, USNR|
|5.) 01 May 1946 - 17 Jun. 1946||unsigned muster Muster Ends|
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