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USS KRETCHMER DER-329 UNOFFICAL INFORMATION CENTER

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U.S.S. KRETCHMERMUCH MORE THAN A PIECE OF MACHINERY
 
Commissioned: 13 December 1943
She served her country faithfully in war and peace.
We honor her many accomplishments, which could
not have happened without the dedication and
sacrafices of the individual crew members.
Decommissioned: 1 October 1973
 
HER SPIRIT LIVES ON
 
Every man who walked her decks added to the "Kretchmer
Spirit", and in return, now carries that spirit with them.

The USS Kretechmer had several stages and missions in her long life. 
First and foremost is her WWII service, which ended 29 May 1946, when she was decommissioned and mothballed at Green Grove Springs Florida.
After extensive conversion, she was recommissioned on 22 Sep.1956 as DER-329 and supported the following operations:
    North Atlantic Radar Barrier    "GUIK"
    Cuban - "Dog Rocks" Picket  "SOUTHERN TIP"
    Pacific - Viet Nam                 "MARKET TIME"
Kretchmer then returned to Key West and final decommissioning.
If you have the opportunity to visit Key West Florida,
one of her 3-inch gun mounts is on display.
See photo below.

FUTURE REUNIONS........
 
     2012    Philadelphia PA. this one is scheduled and firm.
     2013    Ohio, this on is on the drawing boards.
     2014    The scuttle-but is Seattle/Tacoma area.
                Remember you heard it here first.
    
 
For up to date reunion information contact:
USS KRETCHMER REUNION GROUP AT:  usskretchmer.org 
 
All Crew, Mates, their family, friends and like minded individuals are encouraged to attend.
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Kretchmer 3-inch Gun Mount on display at
American Legion Post No. 28 Key West Fl.

1 may 2004........Thanks to Post Commander, Don Conaway, for replying to my inquiry and sending photos.