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USS Carter (DE 112)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - C - V
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Carter (DE 112) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 November 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 29 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Evelyn Carter Patterson, aunt of Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class Jack Carter
  • 03 May 1944: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Lcdr. F. J. T. Baker, USNR, in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet
  • 22 April 1945: In company with USS Neal A. Scott (DE 769) sank German submarine U-518 in position 43.26N, 38.23W, NW of the Azores
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated "Navy Day" at Pensacola, Fla. in company with Guadalcanal (CVE 60), Floyd B. Parks (DD 884), and Gunnel (SS 253)
  • 10 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 11¾ months of service
  • 14 December 1948: To China, renamed T'ai Chao (F-26), (escaped with Nationalist Forces to Taiwan in 1949, stricken in December 1973, scrapped)
  • 10 February 1949: Struck from the NVR
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    Carter 194k 29 February 1944: Wilmington, Del. - The launching of the future USS Carter (DE 112) at the Dravo Corporation yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-219560 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Carter 35k undated wartime images

    (U.S. Navy photos)
    Carter 61k
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    Carter 22k

    Carter History
    View the USS Carter (DE 112) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Carter as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Carter's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 03 May 1944 .. May 1945Lcdr. Francis John Torrence Baker, USNR (Comm. CO) (Sewickley, Pa.)
    2.) .. May 1945 - .. Jul. 1945Lt.(jg) John D. Shelden, USNR (Temp. CO) (Lebanon, Pa.)
    3.) .. Jul. 1945 03 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Francis John Torrence Baker, USNR (Sewickley, Pa.)
    4.) 03 Sep. 1945 - 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Donald Leonard John Dierks, USNR (Davenport, Ia.)
    5.) 23 Nov. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945Lt. David James Thorpe, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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