USS McCoy Reynolds
DE 440 (John C. Butler Class)

 Bob Schank. Courtesy of Captain John James
Bob Schank. Courtesy of Captain John James
Authorized:      ?
Builder:         Federal Shipbuilding, 
                 Port Newark N.J.
Laid Down:       November 18, 1943
Launched:        February 22, 1944
Commissioned:    May 2, 1944
Decommissioned:  May 31, 1946
Recommissioned:  March 28, 1951
Decommissioned:  February 7 1957
Fate:            To Portugal February 7, 1957
                 Renamed Corte Real
Stricken:        October 21 1968 and broken 
                 up for scrap				 

We are seeking information on the USS McCoy Reynolds and her crews. Files and photos may be emailed to us and we will incorporate them into this page. When enough information has been assembled we will then build the ship her own section.

Some family history of McCoy Reynolds

The John C. Butler Class as Constructed

Displacement:  1,430 tons (1,811 tons full load)
Length:        306 feet
Beam:          37 feet
Draught:       11 feet 2 inches
Machinery:     two Combustion Engineering or
               Babcock & Wilcox boilers;
               2-shaft Westinghouse turbines with electric drive
Performance:   12,000 for 23 knots
Bunkerage:     347 tons
Range:         6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Guns:          two single 5 inch 38 caliber
               four 40mm in two twin mounts
               ten 20mm machine guns
Torpedoes:     one triple 21 inch mount
Depth Charges: two stern racks
               eight k-guns
Complement:    156

In other words - small ship armed to the teeth.

Subject: U.S.S. McCoy Reynolds (DE-440)
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001
From: Bob Gehring

As Signalman 1/C, I served aboard from May 2, 1944 to May 31, 1946. DE-440 was recommissioned May 2, 1944 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After shakedown in Bermuda, she escorted the carrier Ranger through the Panama Canal to Pearl. The McCoy Reynolds served with Halsey's Third Fleet at Peleliu, Ulithi, and Okinawa.

Screened for Spruance's Fifth Fleet as TF-38 bombarded Japan She sank two Japanese submarines. Survived the June 5, '45 typhoon that hit the Third Fleet's 125-ship convoy off Okinawa Drew picket line duty at Okinawa. After VE-Day, she made mail and personnel runs between Okinawa and Nagasaki. She was decommissioned May 31, 1946 at San Diego. On March 28, 1951, recommissioned and sent to Korea. From 1957 to 1968, she served in the Portuguese Navy.

Crew from all three cruises of this remarkable ship assemble each year for a reunion hosted by a crew member in a different U.S. City.

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