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USS Traw (DE 350)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - T - F
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
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Traw (DE 350) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 December 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 12 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jennie Traw, mother of Sgt. London L. Traw, USMC
  • 20 June 1944: Commissioned at City Docks, Orange, Tex., Lcdr James T. Kilbreth, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 07 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 11⅔ months of service
  • 01 August 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 August 1968: Sunk as a target during Operation StrikEx 3-68, by gunfire from USS Bausell (DD 845) off Baja California, Mexico.
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    Traw 29k undated wartime image (Jacob's grandfather, James Fleming, served in Traw) Jacob Campbell
    Traw 29k
    Traw 36k

    Traw History
    View the USS Traw (DE 350) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Traw as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Traw's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 20 Jun. 1944 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. James T. Kilbreth, Jr., USNR
    1.) .. .... 1945 - 07 Jun. 1946Lcdr. R. A. Norelius, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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