Tuesday, January 28, 2014

USS Durik (DE-666)

From Wikipedia) //// John Catrano was executive officer on this ship. Kind of an interesting number. Wonder if any of its crew wondered about it? //// The ship was built at Neville Island near Pittsburgh, Pa.. //// Commissioned 24 March 1944and served primarily on convoy duty and also was a training ship for destroyer escort crews. Decommissioned 15 June 1946 and sold for scrap30 January 1967. //// --GreGen

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  1. My father served on the initial crew of the Durik. I have the program for the commission ceremony.It took place on March 23,1944 at 1400 hours at the Todd-Johnson Dry Docks,Inc in New Orleans.Another part of the program gives the commission date as March 24. Perhaps Mr.Catrano joined the ship at a later date in 1944 as he is NOT listed in the program for the ships commissioning. The program shows the Executive Officer as Lt.R.W.Gavin.

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  2. Do you see John F McGinley. He is my grandfather who just passed. I was looking through some old pictures and his discharge papers and saw this ship.

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    1. He is not listed in the program for the commission ceremony as part of the original crew. Perhaps he joined later in the war.

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