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USS Joseph E. Connolly (DE 450)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - J - K
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 - 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
Joseph E. Connolly (DE 450) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 April 1944: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N. J.
  • 06 August 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Cecilia C. Connolly, sister of Corporal Connolly
  • 28 February 1945: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., Lcdr. M. C. Walley in command
  • 20 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 4 months of service
  • 01 June 1970: Struck from the NVR
  • 24 February 1972: Sunk as target
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    Joseph E. Connolly 48k 27 October 1945: Shanghai, China - A port side view of Connolly on the Whang-po River. Gerald Tallo
    USN 05/45-11/45

    Joseph E. Connolly History
    View the USS Joseph E. Connolly (DE 450) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Joseph E. Connolly's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 28 Aug. 1945 22 Feb. 1946Lcdr. Marion Chambliss Walley, USNR
    2.) 22 Feb. 1946 - .. Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) C. R. Wilride, USNR
    3.) .. Jun. 1946 20 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Jack R. Schoenfeld, USNR

    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
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Joseph E. Connolly
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