Navy Pillar – USS Connole

Navy Pillar - USS ConnoleThe USS Connole FF-1056, formally DE-1056, was a Knox class figate ship.  The USS Connole was decommissioned on 30 August 1992 and stricken from the Navy list on 11 January 1995.  The ship was transferred to Greece in 1995.  Decommissioned again on 29 July 2003, the ship spent time in the Souda Bay, Crete waiting to be sunk as a target, which finally happened in 2006.

The USS Connole was 438 feet long, had a beam of 47 feet, and a draft of 25 feet.  Maximum speed for the Connole was 27 knots.  The Connole was armed with one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, and one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles.  The vessel also was home to one aircraft, a SH-2F helicopter.  The crew consisted of 18 officers and 267 enlisted men.

The ship was named after Commander David R. Connole, who lost his life when the USS Trigger was lost in a battle off the coast of Japan in 1945. He was born on September 8, 1912 in Madison, IL as the first son of Henry Connole and Mary Rickart Connole. He did well in school and also became an Eagle Scout. After attending Illinois College for two years, he gained entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1932 and graduated in 1936. For the next three years, he served aboard the cruiser USS BOISE, and then entered Submarine School.

From December 1939 to August 1943, Commander Connole served aboard the submarine USS POMPANO which was involved in numerous war patrols in the Pacific. He then became executive officer of the USS CUTTLEFISH. In 1944, he took command of the USS SENNET and in 1945, he became the commanding officer of the USS TRIGGER which was lost in battle off the coast of Japan in March, 1945.

Commander Connole was awarded two Silver Star medals and a Bronze Star medal, and under his command, the USS TRIGGER earned the Presidential Unit Citation for three war patrols.

Information about the USS Connole and David R. Connole was found on http://www.navysite.de/ff/ff1056.htm