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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Levy (DE-162), 1943-1974

USS Levy, a 1240-ton Cannon class destroyer escort, was built at Newark, New Jersey. Commissioned in May 1943, she served in the southern and central Pacific from August 1943 through the end of World War II. Though mainly employed escorting fleet logistics ships, late in the War Levy was assigned to bombard and blockade bypassed Japanese islands in the Marshalls. In August and September 1945, she hosted surrender ceremonies for Mili, Jaluit and Wake. Placed in the Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida, in November 1945, Levy had no further active service. She was later moved to the Norfolk, Virginia, area, but remained "in mothballs" until sold in July 1974.

USS Levy was named in honor of Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy (1792-1862), a notable figure of the Nineteenth Century Navy.

This page features our only views of USS Levy, all of which were taken on board the ship, and provides information on other photographs that may be available from the National Archives.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than this digital image, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Photo #: 80-G-490368

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Japanese Navy Captain Masanori Shiga salutes as he boards USS Levy (DE-162), off Mili Atoll in the southeastern Marshalls Group, to surrender the Japanese base there, 22 August 1945.
Facing the camera, at right, is Captain H. B. Grow, USNR, senior U.S. officer at the ceremonies.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-490369

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Japanese Navy Captain Masanori Shiga signs the surrender document for Mili Atoll, Marshalls, on board USS Levy (DE-162), 22 August 1945.
To the right of Capt. Shiga are (left to right):
Lieutenant E.R. Harris, USNR;
Lieutenant Colonel G.V. Burnett, USMCR, and
Captain H. B. Grow, USNR, senior U.S. officer present.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 620 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-490370

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Japanese and U.S. officers negotiate the surrender of Mili Atoll, Marshalls, on board USS Levy (DE-162), 22 August 1945.
Identified U.S. officers present include (from left to right):
Commander H.E. Cross;
Captain H. B. Grow, USNR, senior U.S. officer present;
Commander W.C. Burkhard;
Lieutenant P.S. Breck, Jr.;
Commander C.G. Olson;
Japanese officers in center include an unidentified junior officer, at left, and Japanese Navy Captain Masanori Shiga.
Note pistol shoulder holster worn by U.S. officer in right foreground, fancy rope decoration on stanchions, metal wardroom chairs and steward in right background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 91KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-490371

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Japanese and U.S. officers negotiate the surrender of Mili Atoll, Marshalls, on board USS Levy (DE-162), 22 August 1945.
At left is the senior U.S. officer present, Captain H. B. Grow, USNR.
Japanese officer at right is Navy Captain Masanori Shiga.
Note packs of cigarettes on the table.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 615 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 


While the Naval Historical Center has no other views of USS Levy, the National Archives appears to hold additional photographs. The following list features some of these images:

The images listed below are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".


  • Photo #: 80-G-43103
    USS Levy (DE-162).
    Starboard broadside surface view, taken in about May 1943. It shows Levy wearing horizonal "two-tone" camouflage paint (probably Measure 22). This is a rather "grey" image, and has been retouched by Wartime censors to eliminate radar antennas.

  • Photo #: 80-G-66991
    USS Levy (DE-162) underway on 28 May 1943.
    Starboard broadside aerial view, taken by Naval Air Station New York. It shows Levy wearing horizonal "two-tone" camouflage. This image was taken with the sun illuminating the camera side of the ship.

  • Photo #: 80-G-66993
    USS Levy (DE-162) underway on 28 May 1943.
    Port stern aerial view, taken by Naval Air Station New York. This image was taken with the sun on the opposite side of the ship, leaving the side toward the camera shadowed.

  • Photo #: 80-G-76561
    USS Levy (DE-162) underway on 23 July 1943.
    Starboard stern aerial view, taken by ZP-14 blimp from Naval Air Station Weeksville, NC. It shows Levy wearing dark Measure 21 camouflage. This image was taken on a rather grey day.


    Reproductions of these images should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.

     

    The images above are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".



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    10 March 1999