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USS Cross (DE 448)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - K - P
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/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense 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
Cross (DE 448) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 March 1944: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 04 July 1944: Launched and christened, Mrs. D. F. Cross, mother of the late Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross, USNR
  • 08 January 1945: Commissioned, Lt. H. L. Minshall, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 years and 5 months of service
  • 06 June 1951: Recommissioned, Assigned to NRT, 1st Naval District at Boston, Mass.
  • 02 January 1958: Decommissioned 6 years and 7 months of service
  • 01 July 1966: Struck from the NVR with a total of 8 years of service
  • 05 March 1968: Sold for scrapping
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    Cross 293k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of crewmember Zane Geier from the Eras Gone By Blog Spot)
    Cross 50k undated, probably early 1945 while wearing the extremely rare camouflage pattern #33a31D Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Elazar, Israel
    Cross 36k undated postwar image

    (U.S. Navy Photo from the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection)
    Cross 84k undated, postwar photo Richard J. Roy
    Cross 303k 1952: Boston, Mass. - USS Cross moored at the Boston Naval Shipyard.

    (Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)
    John Whalen
    Cross 140k USS Cross (DE-448) entering the Cape Cod Canal in 1956.

    (Photo Ref. No. MS028.04.033.003; Courtesy of Historic New England, Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal Collection)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Cross History
    View the USS Cross (DE 448) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Cross's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 08 Jan. 1945 - 01 Dec. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Herbert Lucien Minshall Jr. (Comm. CO) (Marietta, Oh.)
    2.) 01 Dec. 1945 - 09 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Oscar David MacMillan, USN (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
    3.) 09 Dec. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) David Hume Batchelder Jr., USNR (XO in temp. command)
    4.) 15 Jan. 1946 - .. May 1946Lcdr. Ronald W. Wheeler Jr., USNR (Fort Worth, Tex.)
    5.) .. May 1946 - 06 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) George Lowell Embrey, USNR (Decomm. CO)
    6.) ~1953 - Lcdr. John Jonathan Jackson Jr. (High Point, N.C.)
    7.) ~1955 - Lcdr. Charles Bruning Gray

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