USS Acree (DE-167)
Port quarter overhead photo of USS Acree (DE 167), August 1943.
|Namesake:||John White Acree|
|Builder:||Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey|
|Laid down:||30 November 1942|
|Launched:||9 May 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. John W. Acree|
|Commissioned:||19 July 1943|
|Decommissioned:||1 April 1946|
|Struck:||1 July 1972|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 19 July 1973, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Maryland|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Cannon-class destroyer escort|
|Beam:||36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Speed:||21 kn (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||10,800 nmi (20,000 km; 12,400 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 201 enlisted|
USS Acree (DE-167) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort in the United States Navy. She was named for John White Acree, a LTJG serving aboard the USS Enterprise. Acree died while leading a damage-control party on 26 October 1942 during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
Acree was laid down on 30 November 1942 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey; launched on 9 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. John W. Acree, the widow of LTJG Acree; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 19 July 1943, Lieutenant Commander William H. Siegmund, USNR, in command.
After shakedown off Bermuda and training out of Norfolk, Virginia, the destroyer escort sailed for the South Pacific on 28 September, transited the Panama Canal on 5 October, stopped briefly at the Galapagos Islands three days later, and steamed on independently to Bora Bora in the Society Islands, where she arrived on the 18th. After refueling, Acree rendezvoused with SS Mormactern on 25 October and escorted her to Nouméa, New Caledonia.
As a member of Escort Division 11, Acree carried out numerous convoy and anti-submarine patrol operations in the South Pacific during the next six months. Her stops included Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides; Lautoka, Fiji Islands; Guadalcanal; Nouméa, New Caledonia; and the Russell Islands. This routine was broken on 28 April 1944 when the ship joined the anti-submarine screen of Task Group (TG) 50.17, which was formed to refuel Vice Admiral Marc Mitscher's Fast Carrier Task Force, TF 58. She completed this assignment on 3 May, sailed back to Purvis Bay, and began antisubmarine patrol duty off that port.
On 9 June, Acree became a member of TG 53.19 slated to take part in the invasion of the Marianas. She arrived off the southern end of Tinian Island on 7 July and provided illuminating and harassing fire on Tinian Town. The destroyer escort opened fire at 1905 and continued firing at 40-minute intervals throughout the night. She moved to Saipan Harbor the next day and later joined the anti-submarine screen off Saipan.
For the next four months, Acree carried out escort and patrol duties in the central Pacific. On 13 November, Acree departed Eniwetok bound for the United States. She stopped at Pearl Harbor on the 21st and arrived at San Francisco on 3 December 1944 and, the following day entered the United Engineering Co., Ltd., shipyard at Alameda, California, for overhaul.
The destroyer escort got underway for sea trials on 31 January 1945; sailed for Hawaii on 4 February; and, following her arrival at Pearl Harbor on the 10th, participated in training exercises north of the Hawaiian Islands in company with McConnell (DE-163) and Sangamon (CVE-26). Acree returned to Eniwetok on 24 March and spent the remainder of the war escorting convoys and acting as a barrier patrol off Pacific islands such as Guam, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Saipan, and Kwajalein.
Following Japan's surrender, the ship got underway from Kwajalein on 15 September, bound for home. After a one-day stop at Pearl Harbor, she resumed her eastward voyage and reached San Diego, California, on 28 September. On 6 October, she sailed for the east coast and, after transiting the Panama Canal, arrived at New York on 20 October to begin a pre-inactivation availability. On 29 November, the destroyer escort arrived at Green Cove Springs, Florida, where she was decommissioned on 1 April 1946.
- Lcdr. William H Siegmund, USNR (19 July 1943 – 14 February 1944)
- Lcdr. Clement O. Davidson, USNR (14 February 1944 – 1 January 1945)
- Lcdr. Clarence E. Wolfe, Jr., USNR (1 January 1945 – 12 July 1945)
- Lt. George W. Egan, USNR (12 July 1945 – 17 July 1945)
- Lcdr. Henry N. Whitney, USNR (17 July 1945 – 31 October 1945)
- Online sources
- "Acree (DE-167)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Smolinski, Mike (29 October 2013). "USS Acree (DE 167)". Navsource.org. Retrieved 11 October 2016.