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USS Snowden (DE 246)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - T - J
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Terryville"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service 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
Snowden (DE 246) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 December 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Halford R. Greenlee
  • 23 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. Jackson, Jr., USNR, in command
  • March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6¼ months of service
  • 06 June 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force homeported at Newport, R.I.
  • February 1960: Assigned to NRT, 4th Naval District at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • August 1960: Decommissioned, placed "in service" as a Group II unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force homeported at Key West, Fla.
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "In service" at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 23 September 1968: Placed "Out of Service" at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard with 19 years and 10 months of total service, Struck from the NVR
  • 27 June 1969: Sunk as target off Newport, R.I.
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    Snowden 39k undated wartime image DESA archives
    Snowden 396k circa 1956: location unknown (Skyfoto from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-65 Edition) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Snowden 34k circa 1959: USS Snowden (DE 246), her crew at quarters, ready for leaving port. Snowden's pole mast has been modified to carry her post-war electronic antennas.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
    Huse 671k circa late 1950's: Key West, Fla. - An undated photo of a change of command ceremony being held on the pier head at Trumbo Annex, U.S. Naval Station, Key West, Fla. On the left are Huse (DE 145) with Snowden (DE 246) behind her. On the right are Howard D. Crow (DE 252) with Greenwood (DE 679) tied up behind her.

    (Photo #MM00039629x from the Wright Langley Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Snowden 365k 20 January 1969: Philadelphia, Pa. - I found these photos in the NISMF files in 1971. I believe one was used in the sales catalog for this ship. Snowden is up against the quay wall with an ARL outboard. Note the port anchor has been landed. In the stern shot, Turkey (MSCO 56) can be seen just ahead and the headquarter ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in the distance.

    (Photo credit: Photo lab, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard)
    Jim Swank
    Tomball, Tex.
    Snowden 546k
    Snowden 408k I recently had some old slides scanned into digital form, and came across these taken in the Summer of 1969. The ex-Snowden was brought to New London for use as a target, and my first home, the USS Tringa (ASR 16) was assigned to tow her out to the operating area where she would be sunk. I had an "interesting" time as Tringas First Lieutenant getting her rigged for tow and verifying that temporarily installed flooding alarms would actually work. My CO insisted that we tow her "by the book", so we rigged her as though we were headed off for a lengthy tow as opposed to about 100 miles or so. Anyhow, the first pic is just after we released the tow, the second is the (barely visible) waterspout from the torpedo strike launched by the USS Jack (SSN 605) and the final shot is Snowdens last view from above the surface. My apologies to all the former Snowden sailors for participating in the sinking of their old home, but at the time it was an assignment for Tringa and we did our job. Chris Williams
    Snowden 247k
    Snowden 321k

    Snowden History
    View the USS Snowden (DE 246) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: James E. McKelva ('61 - '62)
    E-mail: James McKelva

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