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USS Thomas J. Gary (DE 326)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - J - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Trout Fishing"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary 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
Thomas J. Gary (DE 326) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 June 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Tex.
  • 21 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Willie Mae Gary, mother of Seaman 2d Class Gary
  • 27 November 1943: Commissioned as USS Gary, Lcdr. William H. Harrison, USNR, in command
  • 01 January 1945: Name changed to Thomas J. Gary
  • 07 March 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 3⅓ months of service
  • 24 July 1956: Delivered to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for conversion to DER
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified DER 326
  • 02 August 1957: Recommissioned, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of the Atlantic Barrier, a part of the North American Air Defense Command
  • 13 Sep. 1965 - 21 May 1966: Participated in Operation "Deepfreze" as a support unit, during which she traveled "Around The World"
  • 24 Aug. 1966 - 24 May 1967: Participated in Operation "Deepfreze" as logistics headquarters operating from Dunedin, New Zealand; again traveling "Around The World"
  • 01 July 1967: Homeport assignment changed to Key West, Fla. as a unit of Destroyer Division 601
  • 22 October 1973: Decommissioned and struck from the NVR with a total of 19 years and 6 months of service
  • 22 October 22 1973: to Tunisia, renamed President Bourguiba, later renamed Indakh
  • 16 April 1992: Suffered a major engineroom fire, no longer operational. Now serves as Fleet headquarters and accommodation ship, berthed at Bizerte
  • 1992-1993: Scrapped in Tunisia, her mast is preserved at the Bizerte Naval Station
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Thomas J. Gary 52k undated wartime image David Buell
    Thomas J. Gary 47k undated postwar image Gene Spinelli
    ETR 2, USNR
    Thomas J. Gary 50k 02 August 1957: Philadelphia, Pa. - Starboard bow view of the newly recommissioned USS Thomas J. Gary (DER 326) moored at Pier 6 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The decommissioned battleship USS South Dakota (BB 57) is in the background.

    (U.S. Navy Photo; from the Philadelphia News Bulletin, "George D. McDowell Collection")
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Thomas J. Gary 133k undated: A photo of the radar picket escort ship USS Thomas J. Gary (DER 326) underway, location unknown. Note the Hedgehog in the superfiring position forward. She also has an enclosed bridge and long amidships deckhouse.

    (U.S. Navy Photo; from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Thomas J. Gary 165k Thomas J. Gary underway during the Cuban Blockade. T. Mark Graham
    in honor of his Dad,
    Lt.(jg) Thomas Kent Graham
    Thomas J. Gary 112k 1960: Ponta Delgada, Azores - Thomas J. Gary approaching the pier while visiting the Azores. Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Thomas J. Gary 115k 1960: Ponta Delgada, Azores - A closeup view of Thomas J. Gary's bridge superstructure.
    Thomas J. Gary 39k Sep. - Dec. 1966: Thomas J. Gary in Perseverance Harbor, Campbell Island, south of New Zealand.

    (Photo © Gene Spinelli)
    Gene Spinelli
    ETR 2, USNR
    Thomas J. Gary 101k Thomas J. Gary underway in Otago Harbor, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo taken sometime between Oct. 1965 and Feb. 1966.

    (From collection of Archie Cunningham RD2, USN)
    Thomas J. Gary 245k 27 July 1973: Key West, Fla. - USS Thomas J. Gary at sea off the Naval Station at Key West.

    (Photo #MM00005809 from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Thomas J. Gary 66k 1983: Valletta, Malta - President Bourguiba departing Grand Harbour.
    Thomas J. Gary 382k undated: An overhead view of the Tunisian Naval Station at Bizerte and the letter that accompanied it regarding the final disposition of Thomas J. Gary. Frederick Smallwood
    Captain, USN (ret.)
    former Engineering Officer
    USS Thomas J. Gary

    Thomas J. Gary Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Thomas J. Gary
    Courtesy of
    Gene Spinelli
    Ship's Plaque
    Thomas J. Gary
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Thomas J. Gary History
    View the USS Thomas J. Gary (DE 326) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    34th Reunion, 06 - 08 February 2018
    Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
    Contact Name: Ron Day
    Address: 5608 County Rt. 10
    City/State: Heuvelton NY 13654
    Phone: (315) 344-8823
    E-mail: Ron Day
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    Additional Resources

    USS Thomas J. Gary Web Site
    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 Thomas J. Gary
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