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USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38)
USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38) was transferred to Chile, renamed BACH Virgilio Uribe (APD-29)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, as the Buckley Class Destroyer Escort Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54), at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham. MA.
  • Launched, 25 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54), 9 June 1943, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., LCDR Perry M. Fenton, USNR, in command
  • Converted at Staten Island, N.Y. to a High-speed Transport
  • Redesignated (APD-38), 23 October 1944
  • During World War II USS Daniel T. Griffin was assigned first to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater as Destroyer Escort DE-54 and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as High Speed Transport APD-38 assigned to TransDiv One Hundred Six, CAPT. F. W. Schmidt USN (20) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 26 September to 12 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1966
  • USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold to Chile, 17 January 1967, for $24,000, renamed BACH Virgilio Uribe (APD-29)
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by Chile in 1995, sold for scrapping
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' (ovl)
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6" (max)
    Speed 23.6 kts (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 186
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge projector
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    two D-type Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Daniel T. Griffin 68k USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38) under way, date and location unknown. Capt. Jerry Mason, USN

    USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54 / APD-38)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Fenton, Perry Maurice, USNR9 June 1943 - 2 October 1943DE-54
    02LT. Denfeld, Frederick, USNR2. October 1943 - 9 March 1944DE-54
    03LCDR. Eastwood, James Allan (Jungle Jim), USNR9 March 1944 - 2 July 1945DE-54 / APD-38
    04LCDR. Ferguson Jr., Egbert Roscoe, USNR2 July 1945 - 3 January 1946APD-38
    03LCDR. Lakin, Edgar Willis, USNR3 January 1946 - 30 May 1946APD-38
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Crew Contact
    Contact: Lester B. Phillips
    Address: 1525 Rosedale Lane #7 Caņon City, CO 81212
    Phone: (719) 269-1300
    E-mail: USS Daniel T. Griffin (APD-38)

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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