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Ordronaux DD-617

Ordronaux
(DD-617: dp. 1,620; 1. 348'; b. 36'; dr. 13'4", s. 37.6 k. cpl. 276; a. 4 5", 4 40mm, 5 21" tt.; cl. Benson)

Ordronaux (DD-617) was laid down 25 July 1942 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Fore River, Mass., Iaunched 9 November 1942, sponsored by Mrs. J. Henry Judik, and commissioned 13 February 1943, Lt. Comdr. Robert Brodie, Jr. in command.

After shakedown, Ordronauz departed New York 1 May 1943 enroute to Mers El-Kebir, Algeria, escorting a convoy. Her first encounter with the enemy came on 6 July, while at anchor at Bizerte Naval Base. Attacked by German planes, she helped down several.

In the invasion of Sicily 9 July, Ordronau~ was assigned a squadron of torpedo boats to patrol the harbor of Port Empedocle and force out German E boats and Italian MAS boats, so they could be destroyed. She screened allied ships from Axis submarhles and rendered fire support for the invasion until the 21st.

For nearly a year, following the invasion, Ordronaux sailed back and forth across the Atlantic and through the Mediterranean on convoy duty.

On 7 April 1944, while operating with a hunter-killer task unit comprised of DD's and DE's, Ordronaur spotted U-866 south of Nova Scotia. Champlin (DD - 01) made first contact by sounding and with Huse (DE-145) made several depth charge attacks forcing the submarine to surface. Both ships opened fire, and Champlin rammed the sub. Nields (DD-616) and Ordronauz captured 28 survivors.

On 12 May, Ordronaux waB back in the Mediterranean with Mackenzie (DD 614) screening HMS Dido while the British cruiser bombarded Terracina and Gaeta on the west coast of Italy in support of the U. S. 5th Army, which was advancing on Rome. For the rest of the month, Ordronaux operated with Dido and French cruiser Emile Bertin supporting the beachead at Anzio.

On 9 August Ordronaux was attached to a fire support force for the invasion of southern France. On the 15th, she operated within 3000 yards of the besoh providing "call fire" for Navy liason officers and Army spotters. Many times she was straddled with 88 mm projectiles from enemy shore batteries.

After the invasion of southern France, she returned to convoy duty. On 1 May 1945, after returning to New York for alterations, Ordronau~ sailed for the Pacific, via the Panama Canal. On 24 July she arrived in Pearl Harbor and sailed immediately for Wake Island. There on 1 August, Ordronauz conducted close fire support, meeting accurate counter-fire.

Ordronau:r arrived at Okinawa several days before Japan capitulated. After the surrender, she took part in two occupation landings-at Wakayama and at Nagoya. She made several cruises to ports in Honshu, including two to Tokyo Bay, before sailing for the United States 31 October.

Returning to the East Coast, she was assigned local operations off Charleston, S. C. until she was placed out of commission in reserve January 1947, and attached to the Charleston, S. C., of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Into 1970, she remains berthed at Orange, Texas.

Ordronaux earned three battle stars for service in World War II.
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