USS Conner
DD 582 (Fletcher class)

Contributed by: John Luddy Burke, Jr.
(From the archives of the late LT. John Luddy Burke.)

Builder:         Boston Navy Yard
Laid Down:  	 April 16, 1942
Launched:        July 18, 1942
Commissioned:  	 June 8, 1943
Decommissioned:  July 5, 1946
Fate:            To Greece 09/15/59; renamed Aspis
                 Stricken 1991: Sold for scrap in 1997

We are seeking information on the USS Conner and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.


The E-mail:

12/05/07:

I was stationed at Naval Shipyard Long Beach when the Conner was taken out of mothballs and refitted for transfer to the Greek Navy in 1960. Sorry I have no pictures, but a vivid memory of the rebuilding process. I was fascinated that the small arms locker was stocked with M-1's, 45's, Thompson Sub machine guns and ammo packed in cosmoline. The 40mm gun barrels were removed and stored in the mess decks. Mounts were covered with a beehive affair.

I was with the transfer team for a year Dec. 1959-1960, and attended the commissioning ceremony for the renamed RHNS Aspis, before being assigned to the USS Richard D. Edwards DD950

Rex Knodle, Prescott,AZ


7/14/07:

Hi,

I was able to get some pictures of the Conner as she appeared in the Greek navy as the Aspis from 1969 (hull number 06). The one I'm sending is the clearest picture I have.

Also, I'm not sure if it qualifies to be on the site or not but I included a picture from the services aboard the USS Detroit AOE 4 on 6/6/04 as my dads cremains were committed to the sea. The service was recorded on video and I was mailed the video, burial flag, photographs, shell casings from the salute, and a nav chart showing the exact location of the committal. I can't praise the US Navy enough for the amount of respect and honor that they showed my dad from the Chaplin and the honor guard at his service, to the captain of the USS Detroit. I understand that you were placing a limit on the number of pics from each shipmate but thought that the Aspis picture might be significant to the Conners history.

Thank you,

Dana P. Kermes
Son of Henry R. Kermes FCO3c
USS Conner DD582


Subject: USS Conner DD 582
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2004
From: Walter Hannan

I have some fond memories regarding the USS Connor from October 1945 until about July 1st. 1946 when she was decommissioned at San Diego. I was one of the last two sailors on board. Perhaps the lady that inquired about the Connor would like to complete its history.

For example, some of my more vivid memories include: the fire on ship with lose of several lives, and their burial at Tsing Tao. Also the mail plane that had to be rescued, the death of our Captain during a boarding accident in Shanghi, the damaged screw in that harbor, the lose of a house boat filled with chinese workers during a severe storm, and subsequent rough cruise to Guam for drydock repairs.

I would welcome e-mails from anyone interested in the story of this great ship.


Contributed by: John Luddy Burke, Jr.
Deck Division
(From the archives of the late LT. John Luddy Burke.)


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