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USS Doherty (DE 14)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal - 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
Doherty (DE 14) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1942: Keel laid at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 29 August 1942: Launched and christened as HMS Berry (BDE 14)
  • 06 January 1943: Retained by U.S. Navy, Renamed USS Doherty
  • 06 February 1943: Commissioned at Mare Island, Lcdr A. Jackson, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 14 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2.9 years of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 26 December 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    Doherty 111k 22 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Workers on the HMS Berry (BDE 14) watch the launching of the Brennan (DE 13) at Mare Island Navy Yard's north ways. Darryl L. Baker
    Doherty 111k 29 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Miss Margaret Moreland (Maid of Honor), left, and Mrs. Robert E. Moreland (Sponsor) are seen in front of the HMS Berry (BDE 14) prior to her launching at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-14 5151-42)
    Doherty 111k 29 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Mrs. Robert E. Moreland (Sponsor) is seen christening the HMS Berry (BDE 14) at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-14 5144-42)
    Doherty 111k 29 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Distinguished guests are pictured at the launching of the HMS Berry (BDE 14) at Mare Island. Left to right: Radm W. L. Friedell, USN (Shipyard Commandant); Mr. Hanson V. Baldwin (War Columnist, New York Times); Mrs. Robert E. Moreland (Sponsor); Capt. F. G. Crisp; Miss Margaret Moreland (Maid of Honor); Mr. Robert E. Moreland; Mrs. F. G. Crisp; Mrs. W. L. Friedell. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-14 5157-42)
    Doherty 111k 29 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Mrs. Robert E. Moreland (Sponsor) is seen christening the HMS Berry (BDE 14) at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-14 5144-42)
    Doherty 111k 29 August 1942: San Francisco CA - Broadside view of the HMS Berry (BDE 14) immediately after her launching at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-14 5169-42)
    Doherty 213k 23 February 1943: off Mare Island David Buell
    Doherty 29k September 1944: the Aleutian Islands - A shot of Doherty off Kiska, Alaska. (U.S. Navy Photo) Mike Green
    Doherty 193k November 1944 Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    Doherty 116k December 1944 John Klar
    Doherty 106k December 1944
    Doherty 49k Late WW2 starboard view of Doherty (DE 14) at anchor. Her duty assignments during this time was mainly at sea between Guam and Okinawa on convoy escort, patrol and air-sea recue tasks. (Photo #302585 from the Australian War Memorial) Mike Green

    Doherty History
    View the USS Doherty (DE 14) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Doherty's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 06 Feb. 1943 - 11 Jul. 1943Lcdr. Alexander Jackson, Jr., USNR (comm.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 11 Jul. 1943 - 06 May 1944Lt. Robert Wilson Johnson, USNR
    3.) 06 May 1944 - 22 Dec. 1944Lt. James Lamb McIntire, USNR
    4.) 22 Dec. 1944 - 30 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Walter John O’Brien, USNR
    5.) 30 Oct. 1945 - 14 Dec. 1945Lt. Alfred Mason Claeboe, USNR (decomm.)

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