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USS Durik (DE 666)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Durik (DE 666) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 June 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 09 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. Durik, mother of Seaman Apprentice Durik
  • 23 March 1944: Commissioned at New Orleans, La., Cmdr. K. B. Smith in command
  • Scheduled conversion to APD 68, never carried out
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 01 June 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1967: Sold, scrapped
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    Durik 131k Undated photo of USS Durik (DE 666) underway at sea during World War II.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 90591, Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1980, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Durik 148k 23 March 1944: Commissioning Day (Joseph Zavagli at aft end to left of DC rack) Joseph S. Zavagli, F1c
    USS Durik Plankowner,
    via his son Phil
    Durik 363k 31 December 1944: At anchor in Norfolk, Va. - Durik served as schoolship for precommissioning crews of escort vessels, frigates, and high-speed transports at Norfolk from 09 December 1944 to 14 January 1945. (Photo taken by D. Cartano) (better scan of this shot provided by Bob Hurst, 03 No. 2013)
    Durik 102k
    Durik 66k Commissioning Program document
    Durik 83k Commissioning Program document, letter from SecNav Frank Knox
    Durik 149k Commissioning Program document, commissioning orders
    Durik 231k Commissioning Program document, crew list
    Durik 0k Link to a 57 minute long movie on "You Tube" about the USS Durik and her wartime service. The video was taken while on North Atlantic Patrols, in the Azores, Italy, and South Africa They're home movies taken by the Executive Officer. We cleaned up the original footage, added some of Dad's personal photos, and put in some great music to enjoy.

    Durik History
    View the USS Durik (DE 666) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Durik as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Durik's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 24 Mar. 1944 30 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Kerfoot Bainbridge Smith, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 33) (Takoma Park, Md.)
    2.) 30 Aug. 1944 - 26 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Robert William Gavin, USN (USNA 39) (Boise, Id.)
    3.) 26 Apr. 1946 - 15 May 1946Lcdr. John Werner Palm, USN (USNA 41) (Defiance, Oh.)
    4.) 15 May 1946 15 Jun. 1946Lt. Raymond Edwin Bock, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA 44) (Wadpole, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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