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USS French (DE 367)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - G - A
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service 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
French (DE 367) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 May 1944: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 17 June 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alma M. French, mother of Corporal French
  • 09 October 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr T. K. Dunstan, USNR, in command
  • 29 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 7 months of service
  • 15 May 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    10k Neldon Theo French, born 25 July 1918 in Benton County, Tenn., enlisted in the Marine Corps 09 September 1940, and was killed in action 09 October 1942 on Guadalcanal. Corporal French was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in fighting to his death in a defensive post on the Matanikau River, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his division for its superlative performance in the initial landings on Guadalcanal. Cpl. Neldon T. French awards included the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

    USS French (DE 367) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Photo Courtesy of Benton County, Tennessee
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    French 295k 17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Guests view the christening and launching of USS French at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding. Standing at center is Mr. C.H. French, father of Corporal French. Neldon French
    French 262k 17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. Alma French, mother of Corporal French.
    French 238k 17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French prepares to christen the ship.
    French 270k 17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - Mrs. French breaks the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship's bow.
    French 283k 17 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - USS French being launched at Consolidated Steel & Shipbuilding.
    French 277k USS French (DE-367) off San Francisco in 1945-46.
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79837, Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    French 56k 1972: Photo of mothballed ships moored together in the muddy waters of the Napa River at Mare Island. From left are Sedgwick County (LST-1123), an unidentified LST, Owen (DD 536), French, an unidentified destroyer, Howard F. Clark (DE 533), and another unidentified destroyer.
    (Photo courtesy of L. Cote, from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    French History
    View the USS French (DE 367) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    French's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 Oct. 1944 - 09 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Thomas Kempshall Dunstan, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 09 Dec. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Reginald Chauncey Robbins Jr., USNR
    3.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Everett (Easy) Marsalis Glenn (USNA '40) (Amarillo, Tex.)
    4.) .. Mar. 1946 - 29 May 1946Lt.(jg) John H. Crahan, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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