SOLAR DE 221
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
- Buckley Class Type TE Destroyer Escort
- USS SOLAR DE-221
Commissioned February 15 1944
Exploded at her berth, Naval Weapons Station, in Earle NJ while unloading ammunition on April 30 1946
165 members of her crew and dock workers were killed in the explosion and 65 injured
Decommissioned May 21 1946
Stricken June 5 1946
Hulk was towed 100 miles out to sea and scuttled in 700 fathoms of water on June 9 1946
Keel Laid February 22 1943 - Launched May 29 1943
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Navy Day 1945
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
American Campaign Medal
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
WWII Victory Medal
NAMESAKE - Boatswains Mate Adolfo Solar USN (June 1 1922 - December 7 1941)
Solar was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack while serving on USS NEVADA BB-36. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Solar was credited with “ the early opening of fire by antiaircraft battery prior to the arrival of the battery officers at their stations, and thereafter controlling his gun in an outstanding manner until killed by shell fragments.” He was posthumously commended by the Secretary of the Navy
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