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USS Edward McDonnell (DE-1043)
USS Edward McDonnell

The keel for the USS Edward McDonnell was laid on April's Fool Day, 1963, at the Avondale Shipyard in Westwego, Louisiana. She was launched in January 1964 and commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina in February, 1965. She was then fitted-out at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and became operational as a member of the Atlantic Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces on 14 January 1966.

Refueling at Sea

In May 1966 the McDonnell (or "Sweaty Eddy" as the crew not to affectionately referred to her) was deployed to Northern Europe and in September transferred to Atlantic Fleet Escort Squadron VI, with it's home port in Newport, Rhode Island.

I came on board the McDonnell in June 1967, and after periodic Anti-Submarine exercises we were deployed to the Mediterranean in September. During this three-month cruise we visited the ports of Naples, Italy - Palma, Mallorca (Spain) - and the Rock of Gibraltar, returning to Newport in December.

In February 1968 the McDonnell entered the Boston Shipyard where she spent the next year and a month undergoing a "regular overhaul." Finally, in February 1969, the McDonnell was back at sea with pretty much a new crew, most who had never been at sea before! After training in the Virgin Islands and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, we put into West Palm Beach, Florida on May 13, and finally returned to Newport on June 5, 1969.

Returning home from the Mediterranean

January 1970 found the McDonnell steaming south again for a month of training in the Caribbean. We returned to Newport in February and then headed off for Northern Europe in May. This was a four month deployment with stops in Lisbon, Portugal - Rota, Spain - Copenhagen, Denmark - Hamburg, Germany - Leith, Scotland - Cowes, Isle of White - Arendal, Norway - and Southampton, England, returning to Newport in September.

I left the McDonnell and returned to good old civilian life in August 1970, just as she was getting ready for a cruise to South America.

UPDATE: Warren Dickerson wrote on April 6, 2001 that "while in Philly last week to plan a Yarnell (DLD 17) reunion I saw a ship that looked familiar. All hull markings had been painted over but when I got to the stern my suspicions were confirmed. It was the Eddie Mac. She still looks real good. All complete. A coat of paint is all that is needed. I don't know her status, but if she is in Philly, it can't be good."

December 14, 2001 I was contacted by Lana Bowers from Metro Machine Corporation who advises that the McDonnell is at their facility to be dismantled.

The McDonnell (DE-1043) and the Odax (SS-484) Odax SS484

The above photo (taken from the flight deck of the carrier Wasp) was sent to me by Vic Stock. Vic writes "we had 12 guys onboard from the carrier and other surface craft. I think the skipper wanted to play cowboy, just moments before the picture was taken we were at 400 feet. I was on the trim manifold during the dive, you should have seen the looks on the faces of our passengers!! Nothing but white eyeballs! It was a great dive."

"Destroyer Escorts, they roll, they plunge, they buck and twist, they shudder and fall through space. Their sailors should have both flight pay an submarine pay since they're in the air half the time and under water the other half."
-- Ernie Pyle

Where Are They Today?
McDonnell Reunion 2002 McDonnell Reunion 2002

David 'Ski' Wendelowski
42 Ivy Street
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Walter J. Rice, Jr.
P. O. Box 2554
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Lee Ford, RM1, USN (Ret)
Chillicothe, OH.
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James Latz
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Jerry Reddy
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2323 Keaton Chase Drive
Orange Park, FL 32003
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Nashville, TN.
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Phoenix, AZ.
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Jachsonville, FL.
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N. Attleboro, MA. 02760
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Rochester, NY 14617
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Sacramento, CA.
Dave Brown
325 Main Street
Green Lane, PA. 18054
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23 Flagg Street
Woburn, MA. 01801
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Long Island
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David J. Treutel
406 North 7th. Street
Colby, WI. 54421
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Birmingham, AL.
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HC1 Box 125
Thornhurst, PA.
Rick Pernell
420 Emerald Avenue
El Cajon, CA. 92020-5004
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58 Crystal Branch Ct.
Jacksonville, FL 32225
John "JC" Collins
202 Terrace Ave
Riverside, RI 02915
Louis J. Cimo
John Fry, OSCM, USN Ret.
1510 W. Nopal Ave.
Mesa, AZ. 85202
Patrick James McKenna, PC1, USNFR
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Eureka, MO. 63025
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Walpole, MA. 02081
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Archer, FL. 32618
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Ronald R. Collison
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Leesburg, FL. 34748-9610
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Southington Ct.
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816 Gallop Hill Road, #B
Gaithersburg, MD 20879-3648
John Claggett
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Tim "Ski" Klopschinsky
8569 Hubbard
Westland, MI. 48185
Mike Donlin
Jim Coish
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Hampton, NH. 03843
Bill Skolaut
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Tokeka, KS. 66606
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Frankfort, IL. 60423
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Wichita, KS. 67211
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Albrightsville, PA. 18210
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Charleston, Il. 61920
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Alma, Ga. 31510
Rich Nashmy (formerly Rich Asfar)
Scott McAuley
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Cayce, SC 29033
Paul Kreuzinger
19657 Deer Lake Road
Lutz, Florida 33548
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John McLinn
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Bill Simms
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Brunswick, ME. 04011
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Oshkosh, WI.
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733 Witt Store Road
Russellville, AL. 35654
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Tallahassee, FL. 32309
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Louisville, KY.
Jim Spence
P.O.Box 1159
Stuart, VA. 24171
Nathan McCray
3409 30th. Street
Kenosha, WI. 53144


Following are a few photo's that I had taken during my years on the "Eddy Mac."

Gun Mount #1 Refueling at Sea

Fantail Bar-B-Q A/S and G Division

Swim Call, 200 Mile off the coast of Cuba - Mar 69 Jim Bickett, Dave Berry and George Edison - May 70

Blue Bird Club, Naples, Italy Dry Dock, Boston Ship Yards

Sonar Console One Sonar Console Two

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