USS Charles R. Greer (DE-23)

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Name: USS Charles R. Greer
Namesake: Charles Rogers Greer
Laid down: 7 September 1942
Launched: 18 January 1943
Commissioned: 25 June 1943
Decommissioned: 2 November 1945
Struck: 16 November 1945
Honors and
2 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1 February 1947
General characteristics
Type: Evarts-class destroyer escort
  • 1,140 long tons (1,158 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) full
  • 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) o/a
  • 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) w/l
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m) (max)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 4,150 nmi (7,690 km)
Complement: 15 officers and 183 enlisted

USS Charles R. Greer (DE-23) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was promptly sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. At the end of the war, she returned to the United States with two battle stars.

She was intended for Great Britain under Lend-Lease as BDE-23. However, Charles R. Greer was retained for American use and reclassified DE-23; launched 18 January 1943 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. E. Greer; and commissioned 25 June 1943, Lieutenant N. C. Sutton, USNR, in command.


USS Charles R. Greer was named for Charles Rogers Greer (10 July 1920 – 14 April 1942) who was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, United States. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1938. As a private first class he was on duty in the Philippines at the opening of World War II, where he was awarded a Silver Star during the defense of Corregidor, becoming the first Marine to be awarded an Army decoration in WWII, and the first to be mentioned in dispatches.[1]

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Charles R. Greer's assignment in the U.S. Pacific Fleet was to the never-ending task of escorting convoys in the intricate meshing of movements demanded by the buildup of Pacific bases. She cleared San Francisco, California, on the first such mission 5 September 1943, bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which was to be her base until October 1944.

Her escort duty took her to west coast ports, to Funafuti in the Ellice Islands, and to the Gilberts and Marshalls. Early in December 1943 she formed part of the screen for the transports bringing the garrison force to Abemama in the Gilberts, where an important air base was soon developed. The next month she guarded the movement of the garrison for Majuro.

Under attack by Japanese aircraft[edit]

From October 1944 through February 1945, Charles R. Greer operated guarding convoys from Ulithi to Eniwetok, Guam, and Pearl Harbor. On 20 November 1944, her group came under attack by a lone enemy aircraft off Ulithi, but the fire of Charles R. Greer and the other escort vessels drove the Japanese plane off. She returned to Pearl Harbor from a west coast overhaul in April 1945, and took up a full schedule of training activities until late June, when she returned to the Marshall Islands for anti-submarine patrols, and convoy escort duty.

End-of-War operations[edit]

She left Eniwetok on 31 August to sail to Wake Island, where on 4 September she took part in the surrender ceremonies.

Post-War Decommissioning[edit]

She sailed on to Pearl Harbor, where she was decommissioned 2 November 1945 and sold 1 February 1947.


Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars)
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal


  1. ^ J. Michael Miller. "FROM SHANGHAI TO CORREGIDOR: Marines in the Defense of the Philippines". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Charles R. Greer (DE 23) at NavSource Naval History