Posted by Joseph Whalen on Fri, 16 Jun 2000, in response to GRIFFIN - killed Dec. 7, 1941, on Mon, 13 Mar 2000
Hello All Enclosed is what I was able to find out about the Daniel T Griffin Ship. Later on next week I'll be going to Colorado Springs library to see if I could find a birth announcement for him too. First I'll check address directories to see if the family is listed in Col Sp. then I'll hit the birth index's.
Daniel T Griffin must have been special because he has as least TWO-- that correct-- TWO ships named after him. That is very rare in the Navy.
The orginal Daniel T Griffin DE-54 was constructed in 1943 DE -- Destroyer Escorts then in 1944 Converted to APD-38 APD-- High-Speed Transport Then on April 06 1945 "High-speed transport DANIEL T. GRIFFIN (APD-38), by collision, 25 d. 57 N., 127 d. 57'E" I don't know if that means it sunk or just damaged.
I am having hard time finding facts or pictures of it.
The Person To Contact regarding the Daniel T Griffin, probably a sailor, and reunion coordinator is: USS Daniel T Griffin DE-54/APD-38 Mr. Harold E Cromer 413-736-2020 97 Valley View Cir West Springfield, MA 01089-4437
The name Griffin is used not only for the DE-54/APD-38 but also for another ship called Griffin "USS Griffin AS-13" which was/is a Submarine Tender (AS-13 Griffin 1941 8613 Maritime Commission C3-Cargo type)
I hope this helps and will continue to investigate both the ship and the Birth of Daniel T Griffin. Do you know where he is buried? Just curious!