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|82k||29 May 1943: Philadelphia Navy Yard - The christening of six destroyer escorts in a dry-dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The three ships in the foreground
are (from left): USS Enright (DE 216), USS
Coolbaugh (DE 217) and USS Darby (DE 218). Those in the background are (from left),
USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219), USS
Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) and USS Solar (DE 221).
(U.S. Navy Photo #NH 75610 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of James Russell, 1972)
|387k||undated wartime image||Pieter Bakels|
Wehl, The Netherlands
|54k||22 July 1944: Bayonne, N.J. - In New York Harbor with a barge and harbor tug alongside. Photographed from a 300-foot altitude by Naval Air Station New York aircraft.||-|
|272k||23 July 1944: Underway in the Atlantic, USS Solar was photographed at low level by a blimp from ZP-11. Her war diary states that she was at the Bayonne Annex
of the New York Navy Yard from 10 to 22 July 1944 for a short overhaul. She was underway from Bayonne on 23 July enroute to Casco Bay, Maine for refresher training.
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-237714 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
DE Historical Museum
USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
Ocean City, N.J.
|109k||15 November 1944: An at-sea view of Solar.
(U.S. Navy photo from the Donald T. Ehre Album via Destroyer Escort Historical Museum)
|63k||April 1946 - Crew of Solar||J. D. Reed|
|46k||30 April 1946 - Solar tying up at Leonardo Pier I of the Naval Ammunition Depot at Earle, N.J. to discharge ammunition|
|47k||30 April 1946 - Salvage work on Solar was begun by 1500, and her wrecked superstructure was cut off to prevent her capsizing. It was later determined that Solar had suffered 3 explosions in her #2 mount upper handling room while unloading ammunition.|
|207k||30 April 1946: USS Solar (DE 221) following the explosion of her forward magazine while she was at Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, New Jersey. Note that
her forward superstructure has been folded back, crushing her smokestack and other midships fittings. The barrel of one of her forward 3/50 guns is inside her after 3/50 gun tub, with
other parts of the ship's forward structure resting nearby.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 104777, courtesy of Dr. Neal Dinowitz, 2007 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|49k||30 April 1946 - Her number 2 gun was demolished and the bridge, main battery director, and mast were all blown aft and to starboard. Both sides of the ship were torn open.||J. D. Reed|
|44k||30 April 1946 - shortly after 1130, three explosions blasted the ship near her number 2 upper handling room.|
|View the USS Solar (DE 221) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Solar's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Feb 1944 - 03 Dec. 1944||Lcdr. Hadlai A. Hull, USNR (Comm. CO) (New London, Conn.)|
|2.) 03 Dec. 1944 - 07 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. Wendell Francis Grubbs, USN (USNA '41) (Mt. Carmel, Ill.)|
|3.) 07 Sep. 1945 - 22 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Donough Prince, USNR|
|4.) 22 Oct.. 1945 - 01 Mar. 1946||Lcdr. George Ransom Brines, USNR (Morton, Ill.)|
|5.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 21 May 1946||Lcdr. Gene Robert LaRocque, USNR (Decomm. CO) (enl. '40) (Kankakee, Ill.) (ret. as Radm.)|
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