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USS Charles Lawrence (DE 53 / APD 37)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - R - P
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Charles Lawrence (DE 53) Building and Operational Data:
01 August 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Hingham, Mass.
16 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. S. Lawrence, mother of AMM2c Charles Lawrence
31 May 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr L. S. Kintberger in command
23 October 1944: Reclassified APD 37, conversion carried out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
21 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.0 years of service
01 September 1964: Struck from the NVR
17 November 1965: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Materials Co., New Orleans, La.
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||5 October 1943 - New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
||undated wartime image - location unknown
||undated wartime image - location unknown (seems like a later photo than the last two, the DE is missing on the hull number, and it looks like the 1.1" AA gun on the 01 level aft has been changed to a twin 40MM.
||13 January 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two views of Charles Lawrence's stern taken while she was at the New York Navy Yard.
View the USS Charles Lawrence (DE 53 / APD 37) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|Charles Lawrence's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 31 May 1943 - 15 Aug. 1943||Lcdr. Leon Samuel Kintberger (Comm.)
|2.) 15 Aug. 1943 - 03 Jan. 1944||Lt. Francis Kernan, USNR
|3.) 03 Jan. 1944 - 21 Jul. 1945||Lcdr. George R. Seidlitz, USNR
|4.) 21 Jul. 1945 - 02 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Daniel F. Larkin, Jr., USNR
|5.) 02 Jan. 1946 - 21 Jun. 1946||Lt. Leonard Matt Matson (Decomm.)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
7 - 10 September 2010 at Lexington, Kentucky
Contact Name: Terry Sims
Address: 120 Newhouse Road / Wingo KY 42088
E-mail: Terry Sims
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