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USS KRETCHMER DER-329 UNOFFICAL INFORMATION CENTER

OUR MISSION
To provide a means to keep alive the memories and
interest of all crew members.
There are many dedicated people to thank, who's work
has kept the "Kretchmer Spirit" alive.  The Kretchmer
reunions are about the future. We honor the past, but
the people are there for the "here and now" and look
forward to next year.
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In April 1961 in the aftermath of the aborted Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Joint Chiefs of Staff executed operation "Southern Tip", which established a radar picket station to monitor airspace between Cuba and Florida. Located about 100 nautical miles east of Key West, 80 nautical miles south of Miami, and 90 nautical miles from Cuba. Unidentified air contacts were reported to CONAD
Control Center Key West, 
code named:  Brownstone
 
Kretchmer tactical voice radio call:  Mystic Isle
 
Kretchmer radio call sign:  NTEE
 
 
 
*part of above information taken from Naval War College Review summer 1999
 

OUTPOST OF DEFENSE
Ships insignia displayed on ashtray in photo at right. 
Kretchmer was one of 8 DER's of CORTRON-16,
home port, Newport Rhode Island.
 

Cortron 16 ships: 
USS Calcaterra     DER 390
USS Camp           DER 251
USS T.J. Gary      DER 326     
USS Hissem        DER 400
USS Kretchmer    DER 329
USS Mills            DER 383
USS Rhodes        DER 384
USS Vance          DER 387

OUTPOST OF DEFENCE

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The picture below was taken from the top of a small mountain at a hotel named "Bonnie View" from what I understand it means Beuatiful View.
This hotel was once a estate owned by the actor Errol Flynn.
 

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Port Antonio Jamaica
Kretchmer was the first "Man-of -War" ship to visit since WWII