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USS Keith (DE 241)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Keith (DE 241) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 August 1942: Keel laid as Scott by the Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 08 December 1942: Renamed Keith
  • 21 December 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ellis J. Keith, Sr., mother of Seaman Keith
  • 19 July 1943: Commissioned at Houston, Tex., Lt. D. Cochran in command
  • 20 September 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 November 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Keith 141k 25 August 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Keith (DE 241) is transferring a pilot from a downed aircraft to USS Core (CVE 13). At 09:43 on the morning of August 25th, a VC-13 TBM torpedo bomber crewed by Lt.(jg) Paul M. Rockette, ARM3c Frederick Rettew, and AMM3c Gustav T. Johnson went down 3000 yards off Keith's bow. At 09:52 the crew were taken aboard Keith and at 11:03 they were transferred back to their carrier.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-269147 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Keith 23k 03 January 1946: USS Keith anchored in Shanghai, China. Small souvenir boats called 'sampans' or 'bumboats' surround her. James E. Dunham Jr.

    Keith History
    View the USS Keith (DE 241) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Keith as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Keith's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 19 Jul. 1943 12 Dec. 1943Lt. / Lcdr. Drayton Cochran, USNR (Comm. CO) (New York, N.Y.)
    2.) 12 Dec. 1943 15 Dec. 1944Lt. / Lcdr. Jack Louis Rinn, USNR (Enid, Okla.)
    3.) 15 Dec. 1944 05 Dec. 1945Lt. W. W. Patrick, USNR
    4.) 05 Dec. 1945 20 Sep. 1946Lcdr. Edward Corbett Hines Jr., USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA 41) (Wilmington, N.C.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Keith
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