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USS Rudderow (DE 224)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Rudderow (DE 224) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 July 1943: Keel laid at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 14 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas W. Rudderow
  • 15 May 1944: Commissioned by Cap't R. W. Mathewson, Captain of the Yard, Lcdr. M. W. Greenough, USNR, in command, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • 01 November 1944: Transferred to the Pacific 7th Fleet
  • March 1946: designated "in commission, in reserve" at San Diego, Cal.
  • 09 November 1946: Transferred to the Pacific 19th Reserve Fleet
  • 15 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 8 months of service, having steamed 78,781 miles
  • 21 March 1947: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • .. May 1957: Transferred to the San Francisco Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 November 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • .. October 1970: Sold for scrapping to the Nicolai Joffe Corp., Richmond, Cal.
    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-69259, 19-N-69262, 19-N-69263, 19-N-69264, 19-N-69261, 19-N-69261 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    107k July 1944: seen here as completed -
    278k 15 July 1944: the Delaware River - USS Rudderow (DE 224) was photographed off the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was the first of the "TEV" type (long hull, turbo-electric drive) DE's. Commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Monday, 15 May 1944, she remained at Pier "A" fitting out until Thursday, 18 May, when she completed her dock trials. On Sunday, 21 May, she took on 84,257 gallons of fuel and continued fitting out until Saturday, 27 May, when she got underway for Fort Mifflin, Pa. to load ammunition. Departing Fort Mifflin the same day, she commenced training exercises in Lower Delaware Bay, anchoring nightly in Harbor of Refuge, off Lewes, Delaware until 31 May when she left for the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk, Va. From 05 June to 04 July, Rudderow underwent shakedown training at Great Sound, Bermuda, B.W.I. After departing Bermuda she offloaded her ammunition at the Naval Mine Warfare Test Station, Solomons, Md. and returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for post-shakedown availability. These photos were taken at the completion of that yard period when she got underway for New London, Conn. for ASW training. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive

    Rudderow History
    View the Rudderow (DE 224) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Rudderow as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Rudderow's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 May 1944 - 23 Jul. 1945Cmdr. Malcolm W. Greenough, USNR (Comm. CO) (Boston, Mass.)
    2.) 23 Jul. 1945 - 17 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Danforth H. Huntington, USNR (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
    3.) 17 Jan. 1946 - 15 Feb. 1946Lt. Milton S. McKibben, USNR
    4.) 15 Feb. 1946 - 11 Mar. 1946Lt. E.L. Wright, USNR
    5.) 11 Mar. 1946 - 02 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert C. Houlihan, USNR
    6.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jul. 1946Lcdr. Seth T. Howard, USNR (Forsyth County, Ga.)
    7.) 01 Jul. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1947Lcdr. James S. Brady, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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