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USS Tweedy (DE 532)

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Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Black Point"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star

"With Spirit We Serve"
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
Tweedy (DE 532) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 August 1943: Keel laid at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 07 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Albert William Tweedy, mother of Lt. Tweedy
  • 12 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. Thomas Donald Cunningham in command
  • March 1944 - May 1945: Stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Miami, Fla., training new DE crews
  • 25 October 1945: Participated in the Navy Day celebration at Boston, Mass.
  • June 1945 - October 1945: Stationed at Casco Bay, Maine; testing new equipment and air defense procedures
  • 11 November 1945: Reported to Commander St. John River Group, Inactive Fleet, U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 10 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 1951: Underwent SCB-63, ASW Upgrade
  • 02 April 1952: Recommissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard
  • 8 - 17 June 1957: Served as a representative to the International Naval Review and Fleet Week at Norfolk, Va., along with 68 other U.S. Navy ships and 33 additional vessels from 17 countries
  • June 1958: Assigned to the NRT Program, 6th ND, at Norfolk, Va. as a unit of Reserve Escort Squadron 4
  • 20 June 1959: Placed "out of commission, in reserve", NRT assignment changed to Pensacola, Fla.
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, assigned to Escort Squadron 12 at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned, placed "out of commission, in reserve", NRT assignment resumed to Pensacola, Fla.
  • 30 June 1969: Inactivated at Orange, Tex. after 17 years and 5 months of service; Struck from the NVR with a total of 19 years and 8 months of service
  • May 1970: Sunk as target off Florida
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    63k Albert William Tweedy, Jr. was born on 22 March 1920 and attended public schools in Winnetka, Ill. and Hingham, Mass., before he enrolled at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in the fall of 1938. In the summer of 1939, he completed Marine Corps' Platoon Commander School at Quantico, Va., and, at the end of his sophomore year, left college to become a Marine Aviation Cadet. Following flight training at Squantum, Mass., and Pensacola, Fla., he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 14 October 1941. Assigned to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, he was stationed at San Diego and Hawaii before reporting for duty with Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron (VMSB)-241 at Midway early in 1942. He served as Assistant Flight Officer and Assistant Communications Officer for the squadron before becoming its Communications Officer late in May.

    Early on the morning of 04 June 1942, Lt. Tweedy took off from Midway in his "Dauntless" Navy dive-bomber. Minutes later, the Battle of Midway commenced as planes from the Japanese carriers pounded the Marine installations on Midway, and outdated American fighter planes based at Midway were bloodily dispatched by the newer and nimbler Japanese Zeros in the opening stages of the battle. On that morning, Lt. Tweedy flew with Major Lofton Henderson's division of VMSB-241. Although stripped of its fighter protection, this division nonetheless attempted a glide-bombing attack on Japanese carrier Hiryu. Despite a fearsome antiaircraft barrage and repeated attacks by the numerically superior enemy fighter planes, Lt. Tweedy dove his aircraft to a perilously low altitude before releasing a bomb over the enemy carrier. Japanese fighters then attacked and splashed his slow-moving bomber, killing Lt. Tweedy. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism, cool courage, and conscientious devotion to duty.

    USS Tweedy (DE 532) (1944-1969) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of the Williams College of Williamstown, Mass. with a special thank-you to Linda Hall)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Tweedy 174k Undated Postconversion Image: A nice shot of USS Tweedy (DE 532) at quarters as she prepares to moor. She was assigned as the sonar school training ship operating out of Key West, Fla. for three years after being reactivated in 1952. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Tweedy 404k Undated Postconversion Image: USS Tweedy highlining with an unknown ship. Notice the four Hedgehog layout on her bridge superstructure. She was the only DE to receive the full SCB 63 ASW Upgrade of fiscal year 1951.
    Tweedy 174k .. February 1954: Apprently entering or leaving port, you can see crewmembers at quarters on deck.
    Tweedy 71k circa 1957 (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59") Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Tweedy 81k April 1958 -
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    A seven view photo series of USS Tweedy (DE 532) from the Saturday, 16 May 1959, edition of the Pensacola Journal newspaper.
    David Upton
    Blue Springs, Mo.
    Tweedy 73k September 1960: Tweedy at Pensacola, Fla. with USS Antietam (CVA 36) in the background. Stanley Svec
    Tweedy 97k 1962: at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Dave Cupples

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    Tweedy History
    View the USS Tweedy (DE 532) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Tweedy as submitted by the ship at war's end.

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