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Posted 6 years ago


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This Navy buckle was given to me several years ago by a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was on the USS Van Voorhis DE 1028 a Destoryer Escort that was built in 1955 and sold for scrap in 1973.


  1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
    Kevin, I have heard that Navy ships have about a twenty year life?
  2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
    Thank you kerry10456, Pop_abides
  3. beachbomb beachbomb, 6 years ago
    Here's a little more info if it helps. Nice buckle!

    Class: Courtney
    Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
    Number in Class: 10
    Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
    Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
    Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
    Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
    Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
    Speed: 26 kts
    Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
    Complement: 12 / 161
    Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
    ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
    Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
    Sonars: AN/SQS-4
    Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
    Van Voorhis (DE 1028) Building and Operational Data:
    29 August 1955: Keel laid at the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
    26 July 1956: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn Van Voorhis, the widow of Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis
    22 April 1957: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Lcdr Joseph J. Doak, Jr., in command, assigned to CortRon 14 at Newport, R.I.
    8 August 1964: Reassigned as flagship for CortRon 8 at Newport, R.I.
    1 July 1972: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I., Struck from the NVR
    15 June 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., of New York City, N.Y.
  4. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the information beachbomb

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