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USS Key (DE 348)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - F - A
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Key (DE 348) Building and Operational Data:
14 December 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
12 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ira F. Key, mother of 1/Lt. Eugene M. Key, USMCR
31 May 1944: Original scheduled commissioning date, accepted by the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Orange, Tex. this date*
05 June 1944: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr. F. D. Buckley in command
09 July 1946: Decommissioned at Terminal Island, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service, having steamed 91,251 miles
23 December 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
19 December 1972: Sold for scrapping
*Note: Key was incomplete on her scheduled commissioning date, however, in order to fulfill Consolidated Shipbuilding's incentive
slogan, "A ship a day for the month
of May", she was accepted by the Navy, and commissioned some five days later.
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||Two Undated Wartime Images
||USS Key (DE 348) off San Francisco in 1945-46.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 74292, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Key (DE 348) DANFS history entry located on
the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|View the official War History of USS Key as submitted by the ship at war's end.
|Key's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 05 Jun. 1944 - 05 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Franklin Duerr Buckley, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘37) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
|2.) 05 Jan. 1946 - 31 Jan. 1946||Lt. H. W. Ranck, USN
|3.) 31 Jan. 1946 - 20 Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) John R. Boon Jr. , USNR
|4.) 20 Mar. 1946 – 09 Jul. 1946||Lt.(jg) Ernest O. Svenson , USNR (Decomm. CO)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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