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USS KRETCHMER DER-329 UNOFFICAL INFORMATION CENTER

For a brief background of Raymond Joseph Kretchmer, our ship's namesake, and the history of DE/DER-329 click on the link below.  It will take you to the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships.
Please let us know of any links you would like to see included here.
 

DICITIONARY OF AMERICAN FIGHTING SHIPS Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Division Washington DC

THE USS KRETCHMER DE-329
          IN WORLD WAR II
by Dick Sheridan, Revised by Art Palmer
Note: everyone who followed these WWII sailors on
the USS Kretchmer owes them a boat load of
gratitiude and respsect...............
This is over 70 pages of history
click on the link to the web-site listed below

HISTORY OF THE USS KRETCHMER DE-329 IN WWII

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Battle Stations....
During exercises somewhere in the Carribiean

How long did you serve aboard the Kretchmer?
The record may possibly be 5-years and 6-months, and held by
Joe Edel, January 1961 thru July 1966.
As many of us may remember, Joe was a Radioman and the ship's postal clerk.
Joe was part of the "North Atlantic" crew, the "Dog Rocks" crew, and the "Pacific
Guam/Viet-Nam" crew.  Quite an accomplishment.
Joe retired from the Navy and now lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.
By the way, he was one of only two former cremembers to attend the
Kretchmer decommissioning ceremony in Key West, Florida.