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USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE 580)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - P - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star


Specifications:
Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Leslie L.B. Knox (DE 580) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 November 1943: Keel laid at the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.
  • 08 January 1944: Launched and christened, by Mrs. Louise Kennedy Knox, widow of Lt.(jg) Knox
  • 22 March 1944: Commissioned at Hingham, Mass., Lt. J. A. Moffett, USNR, in command
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 3 months of service having steamed 96,969 miles
  • 01 October 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 15 January 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 June 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Leslie L. B. Knox

    Leslie L. B. Knox

    Leslie L. B. Knox

    55k Leslie Lockhart Bruce Knox was born 17 November 1916 in Brisbane, Australia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as seaman second class at New York City on 28 April 1939, and was appointed as aviation cadet on 20 September. After flight training at Pensacola, Fla., he was commissioned ensign on 12 June 1940 and reported to Scouting Squadron 41 at Norfolk. On 15 March 1941 Knox was transferred to Fighting Squadron 42 and, except for temporary duty with Fighting Squadron 41, remained with that unit until his death in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 08 May 1942. He was posthumously promoted to lieutenant (jg) on 25 June 1942 and awarded the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as pilot of an aircraft of a Fighting Squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces, in the Battle of the Coral Sea...On that evening, as one of the fighters launched to oppose enemy Japanese aircraft in the vicinity of his ship, Ensign Knox attacked a formation of seven enemy aircraft, shooting down one and assisting...in dispersing the others. In this engagement, he displayed unusual skill and devotion to duty, carrying out his mission with determination and aggressiveness against great enemy odds and with complete disregard for his own personal safety."

    USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE 580) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the web site: Find A Grave, Memorial #56789220)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
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    Leslie L. B. Knox 17k Undated Wartime Image Diane M. (Shover) DeMore
    Leslie L. B. Knox 80k Undated Wartime Image: Leslie L. B. Knox at sea. The ship is painted in measure MS22 camouflage color scheme.

    (National Archives Photo)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Leslie L. B. Knox 299k Undated Wartime Image, date/location unknown: A view of Leslie L. B. Knox at speed. Note Mount 51 is trained on the photographer's platform.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Leslie L. B. Knox History
    View the USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE 580) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Leslie L. B. Knox's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Mar. 1944 .. Aug. 1945Lt. James Andrew Moffett, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) .. Aug. 1945 .. .... ....Lt. John M. Flowers Jr., USNR
    3.) .. .... .... 15 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Henry Rosser Tribble, USN (Decomm. CO)

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