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USS Rhodes (DE 384)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - G - B
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Southern Pride"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - 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
Rhodes (DE 384) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 April 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 29 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. E. Rhodes, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Rhodes
  • 25 October 1943: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co, dock by Cap't DeWitt C. Redgrave, USN, representing Com8th ND; Lcdr. E. A. Coffin, USCG, in command
  • 13 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 7⅔ months of service
  • July 1954: Commenced conversion to DER at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va.
  • 01 December 1954: Reclassified DER 384
  • 01 August 1955: Recommissioned at Norfolk, Va., Lcdr. W. G. Sherwood, USN in command, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force as a unit of Escort Squadron 18 at Norfolk, Va.
  • 10 January 1956: Homeport reassigned to Melville, R.I. as a unit of the Atlantic Barrier Patrol
  • 01 January 1961: Squadron assignment changed to Escort Squadron 16 at Newport, R. I.
  • 10 July 1963: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 7 years and 11⅓ months of service, custody transferred to CO, Philadelphia Group, U. S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 10 years and 7 months of service
  • 01 March 1975: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y.
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    552k 29 May 1945: location unknown - These shots were taken just before Rhodes transferred from the Atlantic to the Pacific war zone.

    (All three are U.S. Navy photos from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    55k 12 July 1945: Taken at Attu, the Aleution Islands.

    (Photo © Howard J. Elet)
    Howard J. Elet
    55k 12 July 1945: Attu, the Aleution Islands

    (a differently cropped copy of the above photo)
    Jim Plowden
    --k A photo of Jim's Dad, Pete Plowden, USCG

    (click on photo to go to scrapbook pages)
    303k May 1960: Boston Naval Shipyard

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    64k July 1961: Boston Naval Shipyard

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    104k early '60's Randy Kimes
    44k early '60's Mike Keating
    (1961 - 1963)
    76k 1962

    Rhodes History
    View the USS Rhodes (DE 384) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Rhodes as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Rhodes' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  25 Oct. 1943 29 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Eugene Auguste Coffin Jr., USCG (USCGA 33) (Comm. CO)
    2.)  29 Dec. 1944 20 Aug. 1945Lt. Austin Calvin Wagner, USCG (USCGA 42) (Mount Vernon, N. Y.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    3.)  20 Aug. 1945 13 Jun. 1946Lcdr. William Kehr Earle, USCG (USCGA 40) (Decomm. CO)
    4.)  01 Aug. 1955 17 Jun. 1957Lcdr. Wilbur Gordon Sherwood (Recomm. CO) (USNA 44) (Oakland, Cal.)
    5.)  17 Jun. 1957 14 Mar. 1959Lcdr. Christopher Clement Petroff, USN (Manchester, N. H.)
    6.)  14 Mar. 1959 20 Jul. 1960Lcdr. Herbert B. Cannon, USN
    7.)  20 Jul. 1960 01 Jul. 1961Lcdr. Roy Franklin Kleist, USN
    8.)  02 Jul. 1961 10 Dec. 1962Cmdr. John Van Tol, USN (prior enl. '44, NROTC '47) (Sheperdstown, W. V.)
    9.)  10 Dec. 1962 10 Jun. 1963Cmdr. Robert Francis Massimi, USN (USMM '44, OCS '51) (Boston, Mass.)
    10.) 10 Jun. 1963 10 Jul. 1963Lt. Stanley Hinden, USN (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Vincent Mannino
    E-mail: Vincent Mannino
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