- USS Naifeh (DE-352)
USS "Naifeh" (DE–352) was a John C. Butler-class
destroyer escortin the United States Navy. It was named for Navy Lieutenant (Junior Grade)Alfred Naifeh ( 5 January 1915- 16 October 1942) who died when the USS "Meredith" (DD-434) sank during the Solomon Islands campaignof World War II. Lt. (j.g.) Naifeh was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. "Naifeh" was laid down on 29 December 1943at the Consolidated Steel Corporationshipyard in Orange, Texas; launched on 29 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Rathia Naifeh, mother of Lt. (j.g.) Naifeh; and commissioned on 4 July1944, with LieutenantJ. S. Albert in command.
World War II
After commissioning, "Naifeh" trained and conducted shakedown off
Bermuda, then had training ship duty out of Norfolk, Virginia. The ship departed Brooklyn, New York, on 6 October1944 on the first of 2 voyages escorting convoys to Europeand North Africa. "Naifeh" departed New Yorkon 13 January 1945and steamed via the Panama Canalto the Pacific, arriving at Manus Island, Admiralties, on 20 February.
The destroyer escort was assigned to the
Philippine SeaFrontier, and was based at Leyte Gulf. She was primarily occupied in convoy duty until the end of the war, escorting tankers and other auxiliaries to New Guinea, Ulithi, Palau, Guam, Manila, and Okinawa. "Naifeh" performed other duties such as weather ship, search and rescuework, and carrying mail. Once she displayed the three star flag of Commander Philippine Sea Frontier as Vice AdmiralKauffman was embarked on an inspection tour of the islands. She rescued the crew of SS Glenns Ferryon 10 October1945 after the merchantman had grounded near Batag Island, Philippines. "Naifeh" stood by with a watch set on the grounded ship until a salvagecrew arrived from Manila.
She was detached from the Philippine Sea Frontier on
27 November1945 and proceeded to San Diego, California, arriving there on 17 December. She decommissioned on 27 June 1946and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleetat San Diego.
With the start of the
Korean War, she recommissioned on 26 January 1951. "Naifeh" left San Diego on 16 April, assigned to the United NationsEscort and Blockade Force. She took station off Songjin Harbor, North Korea, on 28 June. The next months were occupied in shelling Communistmilitary and logisticsfacilities, along with patrol action to clear the area of floating mines, junks, and possible submarines. She then screened escort carrier USS "Sicily" (CVE-118) and HMS "Glory" off the west coast of Korea.
"Naifeh" returned to
San Franciscoin November 1951. From early March 1952 to July, she was engaged in training exercises off the West Coast. In early July, the destroyer escort sailed from San Diego for Korea to rejoin TF 95, Blockade and Escort Group. "Naifeh" was assigned to the northeast coast of Korea in the Songjin- Chongjinarea. Here she fired on enemy shore positions, railroads, and industrial targets.
Once bracketed by enemy shore fire, she successfully maneuvered out of range. With other assignments, she aided
Republic of Korea Navy torpedo boats in interdiction missions against enemy supply lines. In late fall, "Naifeh" was flagship of the WonsanElement Commander, protecting United States and Korean minesweepers and firing on shore targets. When USS "Lewis" (DE-535) was hit by artilleryfire, "Naifeh" provided protective counter-battery fire as she laid a smoke screen to cover her withdrawal. In addition to blockade duty, the destroyer escort fired on North Korean supply movements in the Wonsan area. She returned to San Diego in December 1952.
"Naifeh" again deployed to WestPac in mid-November 1953, operating off
Japan, Okinawa, and Taiwan. May 1954 was spent with Marines conducting landing exercises off Pusan, Korea. She left Sasebo on 7 June 1954, arriving at San Diego on 26 Junefor a summer in operational training off the West Coast, highlighted by PACTRAEX and a visit to Seattle, Washington. "Naifeh" left San Diego on 21 November, arriving at Yokosukaon 9 Decemberfor patrol duty off the eastern coast of Korea and anti-submarinetraining. She assisted in the evacuation of the Tachen Islandsin late January and February 1955, and returned to San Diego on 1 June.
In early March 1956, the ship sailed for her fourth WestPac deployment. Based at
Guam, the ship acted as a search and rescueready duty ship and participated in five surveillance patrols of the Northern Marianas, Bonin, and Caroline Islandsbefore returning to Long Beach on 24 August. The remainder of 1956 and early 1957 were occupied with training operations off the California coast.
Leaving Long Beach, the destroyer escort once again deployed to the western Pacific, arriving at Guam on
30 April. In the first part of May, "Naifeh" made a patrol in the Bonin Islands. She departed Guam on 18 Mayand sailed for Sasebo, where she arrived on 23 May. She operated out of Sasebo and Subic Bayon patrol duties for the rest of her deployment until 12 July, when she departed Yokosuka and sailed to San Diego, arriving there on 28 July.
"Naifeh" then engaged in coastal operations off the West Coast until
17 June 1960, when she decommissioned at San Francisco. Berthed at Mare Islanduntil 1 January 1966, when she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register, she was towed to San Diego in early 1966 for stripping prior to being used as a target to destruction. In July, "Naifeh" was sunk as a target off San Clemente Islandby a combination of naval gunfire and aircraft.
"Naifeh" received three
battle starsfor Korean War service.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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