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USS Mosley (DE 321)

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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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII 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
Mosley (DE 321) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 April 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 26 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. A. G. Mosley
  • 30 October 1943: Commissioned at the Orange City Dock, Lcdr. James A. Alger, Jr., USCG, in command
  • 18 March 1945: U-866 was sunk in the Atlantic NE of Boston (4318'N, 6108'W) by depth charges from Mosley, in company with Menges (DE 320), Pride (DE 323), and Lowe (DE 325)
  • 15 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 7½ months of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 August 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Mosley 497k 02 June 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - A starboard bow view of Mosley taken in misty waters near the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-320 19-N-71089 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Mosley 97k October 1945: Underway from Charleston Navy Yard, bound for a week long, Navy Day open house celebration in Brunswick, Ga. Dori Bolen
    in honor of her father:

    Grover Clinton Pettigrew
    GM1c, USCG, Plankowner
    Mosley 252k USS Mosley (DE 321) underway, circa 1944-1945.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 81347 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive

    Mosley History
    View the USS Mosley (DE 321) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Mosley as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Mosley's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Oct. 1943 21 May 1944Lcdr. James Albert Alger Jr., USCG (Comm. CO) (Brookline, Mass.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)
    2.) 21 May 1944 - Lcdr. Ernest P. MacBryde, USCG

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Name: Dori Bolen
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Mosley
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