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USS Currier (DE 700)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - R - O
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/ 2 stars
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Korean Service Medal w/ 1 star - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service 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
Currier (DE 700) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 July 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 14 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. R. N. Currier, widow of Lieutenant Currier
  • 01 February 1944: Commissioned at Todd Johnson Shipyard, Algiers, La., Cmdr. A. L. Lind, USNR, in command
  • At war's end, Currier was assigned to the Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 04 April 1960: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 16 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 July 1967: Sunk as target off California
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    Currier 63k Roger Noon Currier was born in Portland, Oregon on 20 April 1913. Appointed midshipman in 1933, he graduated from the Naval Academy on 3 June 1937. After serving in USS Salt Lake City (CA 25), he was assigned to the staff of Admiral Norman Scott as Communications Officer on 20 October 1942. While embarked in USS Atlanta (CL 51) on this duty, he was killed during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of 13 November 1942. Lieutenant Currier shared posthumously in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to Atlanta; the Bronze Star; and also received a Purple Heart.

    USS Currier (DE 700) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the United States Naval Academy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Currier 276k 26 March 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Currier, at sea almost two months after her commissioning. She was photographed near the Boston Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-700 19-LCM from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Currier 121k undated wartime image -
    Currier 104k 25 August 1947: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of USS Currier (DE 700) at the South end of Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-700-1575-47)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Currier 65k 25 August 1947: San Francisco, Cal. - Broadside view of Currier at the South end of Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 24 June to 08 September 1947.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-700-1577-47)
    Currier 97k 25 August 1947: San Francisco, Cal. - Bow on view of Currier at the South end of Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-700-1579-47)
    Currier 107k circa 1950: USS Currier underway showing post-war conversion to 5"/38 cal. mountings. Note the entirely new bridge structure, extended aft to funnel, plus a new round tub in the former torpedo tube position. Hedgehog is in No.2 position, displacing the forward 20 mm Oerlikons, but the after 20 mm Oerlikon guns have been retained, with two extra quad 40 mm Bofors mounting.

    (Real Photographs)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Currier 103k Summer 1951: San Diego, Cal. - a young, sleek Roy Thomas stands in front of USS Currier (DE 700), moored at San Diego Fleet Sonar School's "Long Dock." Roy Thomas
    Currier 41k Summer 1951: San Diego, Cal. - Roy Thomas is "sittin' on the dock of the bay" in front of Currier and USS LeRay Wilson (DE 414). Both ships often served as the sonar school's "school ship."
    Currier 35k 25 May 1953: Currier underway

    (Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales)
    Nobe Smith
    Atlantic Fleet Sales
    Norfolk, Va.
    Currier 124k date / location unknown

    (Photo © W.H. Allen)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Currier 337k undated postwar image: USS Currier (DE 700).

    (U.S. Navy photo # L45-70.01.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    ***Evans / Currier*** 34k circa 1959 - 1960: USS Lewis (DE 535), Currier, USS Evans (DE 1023), and USS Wiseman (DE 667) -
    Currier 209k circa 1959: an unknown port - USS Currier (DE 700) entering or leaving an unknown harbour.

    (U.S. Navy Photo scanned at the U.S. National Archives, San Bruno Branch, March 2008)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Currier 215k circa 1959: Currier is shown passing Point Loma outbound from San Diego. This appears to be a ship portrait from Marine Photos of San Diego, Cal. Navsource

    Currier History
    View the USS Currier (DE 700) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Currier's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  01 Feb. 1944 - 01 Jun. 1944Cmdr. Alfred L. Lind, USNR (Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
    2.)  01 Jun. 1944 10 May 1945Lcdr. / Cmdr. Robert McAfee, USNR (USNA 33) (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
    3.)  10 May 1945 - .. Oct. 1945Lcdr. Russell J. Garnaus, USNR
    4.)  .. Oct. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946Lcdr. Walter Tupitza, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    5.)  .. Feb. 1946 - .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Albert D. Jordan, USNR
    6.)  .. Mar. 1946 - .. Nov. 1946Lcdr. Robert Kepler Slaymaker Jr., USN
    7.)  .. Nov. 1946 - .. Jul. 1947Lcdr. Charles Edward Dunston, USN (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    8.)  .. Jul. 1947 - .. Mar. 1949Lcdr. Benjamin Hill Stough Jr., USN
    9.)  .. Mar. 1949 - .. Mar. 1950Lcdr. Gordon Ansell Harrison, USN
    10.) .. Mar. 1950 21 Nov. 1951Lcdr. Scott Lothrop, USN (USNA 40) (Springfield, Mass.)
    11.) 21 Nov. 1951 - .. Aug. 1953Lcdr. David Fowler Loomis (Aurora, Ill.)
    12.) .. Aug. 1953 10 Jun. 1955Lcdr. James Davis Oliver Jr., USN (USNA 43) (Birmingham, Ala.)
    13.) 10 Jun. 1955 - .. Jul. 1956Lcdr. William Robert Monroe Jr., USN
    14.) .. Jul. 1956 - .. Oct. 1957Lcdr. Joe E. Chambliss, USN (Norfolk, Va.)
    15.) .. Oct. 1957 - .. Dec. 1958Lcdr. Nelson Wendel Sanders, USN (Protection, Kan.)
    16.) .. Dec. 1958 - .. Nov. 1959Lcdr. Patrick Francis Hussey, USN (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    17.) .. Nov. 1959 04 Apr. 1960Lcdr. John Michael Ferrante, USN (Centerville, Cal.)

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