U.S.S. Davenport (PF-69) - WW II Patrol Frigate
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Time Line of Events

This accounting is based on the on-line information available from the USCG Historian's Office plus the recent recollections of Vince Grobbel, Don Roban, Duncan Hall and Tom Bretz. Their added details are as accurate as the memories of these veterans can make them. Most events beginning with 15 Feb 1945 have been verified against the ship's Deck Logs, which are stored at the National Archives and Record Administration, College Park, MD (NARA II).

SOURCES

Vince Grobbel (1941) Duncan Hall (1945)

Don Roban (1945)

Tom Bretz (1945)

(VG): Vince Grobbel, interview – 15 Aug 2002, letter - 8 June 1945, letter - 9 July 1945
(DH): Duncan Hall, e-mail – 25 August 2002
(DR): Don Roban, phone interview –25 Aug 2002
(TB): Tom Bretz, e-mail – 28 Aug 2002
(USCGH):
USCG Historian records
(Log1): PF-69 Deck Log; 15 Feb 1945 through 30 June 1945 (NARA II, 2nd Floor Textual Records, RG 24, Stack 470, Row 32)
(Log2): PF-69 Deck Log; 01 July 1945 through 04 Feb 1946 (NARA II, 2nd Floor Textual Records, RG 24, Stack 470, Row 41)


TIME LINE OF EVENTS

The following events involving the crew of the USS Davenport (PF-69) are listed in chronological order to the best of everyone’s recollection. Source(s) for the event information are indicated by the initials in parentheses. Some events are linked to photos that appear in the Photo Album that is part of this website, and a few others are linked to external websites. These links will all open in a new window - just close it to return to this page.

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1941 to 1943

Enlistments,
Prior Assignments
and Launching

1944

Training

1944 to
27 Feb. 1945

Galveston, TX -
Sea Trials & Commissioning
28 Feb to
30 March 1945

Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba -
Shakedown & Training

31 March to
26 April 1945

Anti-sub Patrol

27 April to
09 June 1945

Convoy Escort

10 June 1945 to
04 Feb 1946

Weather Patrols
and Decommissioning

1941 to 1943 - Enlistments, Prior Assignments and the Ship's Launching

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1944 - Training

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1944 to 27 Feb 1945 - Galveston, TX, Sea Trials & Commissioning

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28 Feb to 30 March 1945 - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Shakedown & Training

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31 March to 26 April 1945 - Anti-sub Patrol

Here is what the Davenport veterans recalled about the anti-submarine attacks of 18-20 April 1945 (without benefit of having read the Deck Log accounts):

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27 April to 09 June 1945 - Convoy Escort Duty

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10 June 1945 to 04 Feb 1946 - Weather Patrols and Decommissioning

  • 27 Nov 1945 - Davenport was relocated to Pier 1, South Boston Navy Yard Annex, starboard side to Pier 1, inboard of USS Biddle (DD-151/AG-114) and USS McCormick (DD-223/AG-118). The Davenport Deck Log notes that "this vessel is in the process of being decommissioned". (Log2)
  • 24 to 27 Dec 1945 - "Free gangway granted to crew, when not on watch" (Log2)
  • 06 Jan 1946 - Davenport was towed and moored starboard side to USS Forrest (DD-461/DMS-24) on west side of Pier 2, South Boston Navy Yard Annex (Log2)
  • 01 Feb 1946 - Don Roban was transferred to USCG Receiving Station, Boston for Assignment; Duncan Hall was transferred to USCG Receiving Station, Boston for separation.
  • 04 Feb 1946 - at 1400 hours, the USS Davenport was decommissioned and Lt. Cdr. Barnes turned over the vessel to Capt. P.T. Rhea for the U.S. Navy. Vince Grobbel was transferred to USCG Receiving Station, Boston for further assignment to Patrol Frigates. (Log2)

Summarized and transcribed by: Mike Grobbel (MG)
25 Aug 2002
revised: 29 Aug 2002, 30 Aug 2002, 13 Sept 2002, 20 Nov 2002
revised with information taken from Deck Logs: 13 June 2003

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