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USS Crowley (DE 303)

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N - T - W - Q
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Crowley (DE 303) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 May 1943: Keel laid at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 22 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley, widow of Lcdr. T. E. Crowley, DC, USN
  • 25 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. T. J. Skewes, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 03 December 1945: Decommissioned at Berth 12, Kaiser Yard #2, Richmond, Cal. after 1 year and 8⅓ months of service
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 21 December 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    10k Thomas Ewing Crowley, born 18 April 1902 in Madison, Ill., enlisted in the Navy 06 March 1919 as a Hospital Apprentice 2nd class. After being rated as PhM1c he served aboard the USS Minneapolis; USS Brutus; USS Idaho; USS Mississippi and was discharged 31 January 1923 from the regular Navy. He enrolled as member of the U.S. Naval Reserve on 01 November 1923 serving aboard the USS Wilmette; USS Meyer; USS Mervine and USS Corry until discharged on 27 January 1930. During his years in the United States Naval Reserve he attended Chaminade College in Clayton, Mo. and completed his education at the University of Southern California College Of Dentistry Class of 1929. He was commissioned Assistant Dental Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.) from 23 December 1929 and served at Naval Stations at Great Lakes, III. (1930-1932), Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif. (1935-1937), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1937-1939), and Lakehurst, N.J.(1939-1941), as well as at sea duty aboard the USS Beaver (1932-1935). On 05 August 1936 he was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant. He was transferred from Lakehurst, N.J. with orders to report to the battleship USS Arizona. He reported aboard on 23 May 1941. On 01 July 1941 he was commissioned regular Dental Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Crowley was killed in action during the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. Lt. Commander Thomas E. Crowley was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by General Order 186 on 21 January 1943 for wounds received in action with the enemy of the United States. Other awards included the American Defense Service Medal (Fleet Clasp) and World War II Victory Medal awarded on 06 November 1946. He was a member of the American Dental Association.

    USS Crowley (DE 303) (1944-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    66k 24 May 1943: The Honorary Keel Layers on the USS Crowley (DE 303) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right are Alyce Rudd Sawyers and Juanita Doyvolt.

    (U.S. Navy photo)
    Darryl L. Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    169k 02 July 1943: Crowley on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard. USS Rall (DE 304) is on the right.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-4808-43)
    164k 02 July 1943: Crowley on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard. Crowley is on the left.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-4809-43)
    74k 22 September 1943. A bottle of California champagne is presented to the sponsor of Crowley by Capt. F. W. Scanland, USN at Mare Island Navy Yard prior to the christening. Left to right are Thomas Ewing Crowley, Jr., Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) widow of Lcdr T. E. Crowley, DC, USN, Mrs. Richard L Marcks (Matron of Honor) and Capt. F. W. Scanland.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6616-43)
    124k 22 September 1943: Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) and Mrs. Richard L. Marcks (Matron of Honor) are seen standing at the bow of Crowley at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6627-43)
    113k 22 September 1943: Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) christens Crowley at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. Richard L. Marcks (Matron of Honor), Capt. W. E. Malloy (Yard Planning Officer), Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) and Capt. F. W. Scanland.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6623-43)
    100k 22 September 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - Crowley begins her slide down the building way. David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    76k 22 September 1943: Crowley is waterborne for the first time after her launching. Note the launch cradle in the water forward of the ship.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6617-43)
    Darryl L. Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    32k 22 September 1943: Broadside view of Crowley after her launching at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6619-43)
    113k 25 March 1944: Capt. F. W. Scanland is the speaker at the commissioning of USS Crowley (DE 303). Radm Mahlon S. Tisdale (Shipyard Commandant) is to the left (middle of photo) of the speaker stand and Lcdr T. J. Skewes (CO) is to the speaker's left.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-1939-44)
    54k 25 March 1944: This picture appeared in the 25 March 1994 issue of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper "The Grapevine" showing the commissioning of Crowley on 25 March 1944.
    104k 02 April 1944: Bow on view of Crowley off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2077-44)
    114k 02 April 1944: Stern view of Crowley off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2088-44)
    115k 02 April 1944: Broadside view of Crowley off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2081-44)
    356k 02 April 1944: San Francisco Bay - Port quarter view of Crowley off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-303 19-N-131498 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    324k 02 April 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Crowley (DE 303) underway off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 21D.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 75849 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    223k 04 April 1944: Broadside view of Crowley off Mare Island. She departed the shipyard for the final time on 4 April 1944.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2120-44)
    Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    93k Seen docked at Mare Island Navy Yard in April, 1944. Seen are her eight depth charge throwers along with her stern mounted depth charge racks. Forward, a medium frequency direction finder loop can be seen stepped aft on the mast. She has no HF/DF mast or equipment mounted, as is standard with most of the Pacific Fleet assigned destroyer escorts. Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    140k 15 January 1945: at sea - USS Crowley (DE 303) transfers a sick man to USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-263957 from the United States National Archives)


    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Crowley History
    View the USS Crowley (DE 303) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Crowley as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Crowley's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Mar. 1944 - 15 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Thomas J. Skewes Jr., USNR
    2.) 15 Oct. 1945 - 03 Dec. 1945Lcdr. William H. Dinsmore, USNR (Trenton, N. J.)

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