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USS Swenning (DE 394)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory 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
Swenning (DE 394) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 July 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 13 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Hertha Rhode, fiancée of Shipfitter Second Class Gust Junior Swenning
  • 01 December 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Richard E. Peek, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 18 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6⅔ months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 January 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Northern Metals Co., of Philadelphia, Pa.

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    Swenning 61k undated wartime image Fraser MacKinnon
    Swenning 163k undated wartime image
    Swenning 138k undated wartime image Harold S. Deal
    Phm 1/c, USS Liddle
    from his grandson

    Jeff Deal
    Swenning 157k 01 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Swenning at anchor off the New York Navy Yard. She was completing a ten day yard availability for repairs, alterations, fueling, reprovisioning and recreation & leave for the crew. After stopping in Lower New York Bay to calibrate HF/DF and magnetic compasses, she departed, in company with Haverfield (DE 393), for the Naval Ammunition Depot at Yorktown, Va.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-272.02.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Swenning History
    View the USS Swenning (DE 394) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Swenning as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Swenning's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Dec. 1943 – 02 Nov. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Richard E. Peek, USNR (Comm. CO) (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    2.) 02 Nov. 1945 -Lt. Harris Sawyer Richardson, Jr., USNR (Winchester, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Swenning Unit Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Swenning
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