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USS LeHardy (DE20) Historical Note
(Submitted By Crewmember)

Clarification of the number of Battle Stars USS LeHardy (DE20) received during WWII,
submitted by Mr. Richard F. Dinsdale Sonarman 2/c, former crew member.

Your page about the record of DE-20 lists only two battle stars. My notice of separation lists Asiatic Pacific 3 stars. As member of the crew from the time she was commissioned until it was overhauled at Harbor Island in Seattle two years later in 1945. We were at the invasions of Tarawa, the Marshalls, and Eniwetok. At Tarawa, we were close in to the beach dropping depth charges on a Japanese sub which was later sunk by a sister DE. At Eniwetok, We sailed into the lagoon with many other ships in our fleet while the islands around us were held by the Japanese. We were on anti sub duty between the two main atolls the night before the Marines landed losing about 600 men. We ended up with shrapnel all over our deck from caroms from our own warships. Hardly any coconut trees were left standing on the island.

I`m sure my shipmates would appreciate your correction to three battle stars.

Thank you!
Richard F. Dinsdale
Sonarman 2/c
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