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USS Cates (DE 763)

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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
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Cates (DE 763) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 March 1943: Keel laid at the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.
  • 19 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. P. Dyer
  • 15 December 1943: Commissioned at Lee Terminal Dock, Tampa, Fla., Lt. G. A. Prouse, USNR, in command
  • 28 March 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.2 years of service
  • 11 November 1950: To France (MAP), renamed Soudanais (F.722), stricken and scrapped in 1959
  • 20 December 1950: Struck from the NVR
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    Cates 539k 28 November 1944: New York Harbor - Taken off the New York Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Cates 530k 08 June 1945: New York Harbor - Taken by an aircraft from the New York Naval Air Station at a 300-ft. altitude. USS Cates is undergoing an overhaul at the New York Navy Yard. She received a fog oil smoke generator and two 40-mm twin mounts. The Mk 4 20-mm gun mounts were replaced by the new, lightweight Mk 10 mounts, and she also had the British Type 147B sonar installed. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Cates 70k At sea, June 1945 -
    Cates 70k Undated Wartime Image Carole Galzarano
    for her Dad,
    Nicholas Galzarano
    MoMM2, USS Cates, '43-'45
    Cates 70k
    Cates 53k circa 1951: as Soudanais (F.722) Robert Hurst
    Cates 69k date / location unknown: Soudanais (F-722, ex-USS Cates DE 763) underway. (Photo by A. & J. Pavia, Valletta, Malta; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")

    Cates History
    View the USS Cates (DE 763) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Cates' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Dec. 1943 - 08 Oct. 1944Lt. / Lcdr. George Ash Prouse, USNR (Comm. CO) (Wilmington, Del.)
    2.) 08 Oct. 1944 - 20 Oct. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Thomas Nash Broaddus, USNR (Richmond, Va.)
    3.) 20 Oct. 1945 - .. May 1946Lt. / Lcdr. Ronald F. Beamon, USNR
    4.) .. May 1946 - 28 Mar. 1947Lcdr. J. C. Doyle, USN (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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