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USS Pope (DE 134)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/3 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Pope (DE 134) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 July 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 12 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Rae W. Fabens
  • 25 June 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. Frederick Sherman Hall in command
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Mobile, Ala. in company with Solomons (CVE 67), Power (DD 839), Pillsbury (DE 133), Flasher (SS 249), and Gabilan (SS 252)
  • 17 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 10¾ months of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 August 1973: Sold for scrapping

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    96.4k 12 January 1943: Orange, Tex. - Pope (DE 134) ready to be side-launched at the Consolidated Steel Co. shipyard.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    **Pillsbury / Pope**
    60k 05 March 1943: Orange, Tex. - Pillsbury (DE 133) and Pope (DE 134) fitting out at Consolidated Steel Co.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])
    81k undated wartime image - Pope underway at speed. -
    370k 09 April 1944: Some of U-515's survivors, supported by a rubber life-raft, are towed toward a U.S. Navy ship for rescue. Two Destroyer Escorts are standing by in background, the nearer of which appears to be USS Pope (DE 134). Other DEs involved were USS Chatelain (DE 149), USS Pillsbury (DE 133), and USS Flaherty (DE 135).

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-228418 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    320k 08 May 1944: A starboard beam view of Pope taken near the New York Navy Yard at Brooklyn.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-134-19-N-72394 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Pope History
    View the USS Pope (DE 134) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Pope's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jun. 1943 - 17 Oct. 1943Cmdr. Frederick Sherman Hall (Comm. CO)
    2.) 17 Oct. 1943 - 05 Oct. 1944Lcdr.Edwin Harvey Headland, Jr., USN (USNA '35) (Fargo, N.D.)
    3.) 05 Oct. 1944 - 15 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Rich James Montgomery, USNR
    4.) 15 Dec. 1945 - 17 May 1946Lt. Clyde A. Shaw, Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (Charlotte, N.C.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Pope
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