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USS Carlson (DE 9)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - P - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Carlson (DE 9) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 November 1942: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 09 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. W. Carlson, widow of Chief Machinist Mate Daniel William Carlson
  • 10 May 1943: Commissioned, Lt. H. E. Purdy, USNR, in command
  • 10 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 7 months of service
  • 03 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 25 November 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    641k Jay's Dad, John Arthur Leffingwell Jr., joined the Navy on 25 November 1942 in Richmond, Va. After attending "boot camp" at the Norfolk Naval Training Center, he was transferred to USS Carlson on 10 May 1943, the day she was commissioned. He served in Carlson until 01 November 1945 when he was transferred to the Naval Hospital at Long Beach, Cal. for treatment and discharge as an Electricians Mate 2nd Class. This is a souvenier pen and ink destroyer escort drawing presented to DE crewmembers upon their discharge at war's end. They were sent in bulk to all destroyer escorts and were then usually personalized with either the ships' name or hull number. On this example you can see where USS Carlson was written in pencil on the bow banner. If you look at the example on the USS Seid (DE 256) page, you'll see where the hull number 256 has been written in the banner. Jay Leffingwell
    Richmond, Va.

    Imminent Launches,
    News Article
    06 May 1943
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Carlson Launch,
    News Article
    11 May 1943
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Carlson History
    View the USS Carlson (DE 9) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Carlson as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Carlson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 May 1943 - 25 Jun. 1943Lt. Howard Evan Purdy, USNR (Comm. CO) (Roselle Park, N.J.)
    2.) 25 Jun. 1943 - 06 May 1945Lt. James Albert Stapleton, USNR (Decatur, Ga.)
    3.) 06 May 1945 - Nov. 1945Lt. Marvin Samuel Loewith, USNR (Bridgeport, Conn.)
    4.) Nov. 1945 - 10 Dec. 1945Lt. Fiske Otis Parnkopf, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Los Angeles, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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