FF 1056 (Knox Class)
The ship proudly bears the name of Commander David R. Connole, whose Navy career ended when the submarine U.S.S. Trigger which he was commanding, was overdue from a war patrol near Nansie Shoto (Asiatic Theater) 21 April 1945, and was presumed lost. CDR Connole was awarded the Bronze Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation while attached to Trigger. He was also awarded the Silver Star Posthumously in 1946.
CDR David R. Connole
Special message from the webmaster:
Like many ships of the Knox class, U.S.S. Connole was named in honor of one who gave their life in the service of their country.
On occasion, we do hear from family members of the ships namesake. With the U.S.S. Connole, it has been my special pleasure to work with Rick Connole in presenting much of the information presented in these pages. Rick had a wealth of information concerning the ship and, specifically, the de-commissioning booklet. Each of the Commanding Officer's had written a brief history of their tours aboard Connole for the de-commissioning booklet (which was presented to each attendee at the ceremony).
Now, for the first time at Destroyers Online, we are honored to present each of the Commanding Officer's and their testament to the challenges and joys of command. We have developed a special "Captain's 'Corner'" where each C.O. is listed. For the C.O.'s who are Online, we have special E-mail arrangements so that you may contact them directly.
Also, in addition to the de-commissioning booklet, Rick also had the last "Cruise Book." Not the typical Cruise Book in the sense of a "Med-Cruise," but rather, a book highlighting the last crew of U.S.S. Connole. Regrettably, I can't post everything that's in this book, but I continue to search for more room on our server to accomodate all of the wonderful photographs of the ship and crew.
All of us owe Rick a big debt of gratitude in sharing this story of a ship, the sailors who manned her, and the man in whose name U.S.S. Connole honorably carried forth in 23 years faithful service.
Subject: Souda Bay, Crete
I recently traveled to Souda Bay, Crete to attend the decommissioning of the HS Nearchos D-219 (former USS Waddell DDG-24). While in Souda Bay, I took a picture of the USS Connole FF-1056. Hope you enjoy!
Submitted by: Keith McElroy
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