Allied Warships

USS Kretchmer (DE 329)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 329 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down28 Jun 1943 
Launched31 Aug 1943 
Commissioned13 Dec 1943 
End service1 Oct 1973 

Decommissioned 20 September 1946.
Loaned to the United States Coast Guard and (re)commissioned by them as WDE-429 on 20 June 1951.
Returned to the U.S.N. and decommissioned 12 August 1954.
Reclassified as DER-328 on 21 October 1955.
Recommissioned 22 September 1956.
Decommissioned 1 October 1973.
Stricken 30 September 1973.
Sold 14 May 1974 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Kretchmer (DE 329)

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1Lt. Robert Claude Wing, USNR13 Dec 194321 May 1945
2Lt Thomas Bulfinch, USNR21 May 194523 Jan 1946

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Destroyers of World War Two

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