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USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service 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
Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 December 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 24 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. D. I. Thomas, daughter of Captain Howard
  • 29 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr G. D. Kissam, USNR, in command
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.0 years of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 May 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Materials Corp., New Orleans, La.
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    D.L. Howard 79k Artist's conception of Douglas L. Howard by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall.
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    Douglas L. Howard 36k Douglas Legate Howard born 11 February 1885 in Annapolis, Md. He was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1906. He was commanding officer of Drayton (DD 23), Rowan (DD 64), and Bell (DD 95) during World War I and was awarded the Navy Cross for his distinguished service on patrol and convoy escort duty in waters infested with submarines and mines. Captain Howard retired in 1933 and died at Annapolis 14 December 1936.

    USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of USNA Alumni Association thanks to Anne Sharpe)
    Bill Gonyo
    D.L. Howard 61k undated wartime image
    D.L. Howard 57k undated wartime image Cathy Coates, daughter of
    Thomas Leroy Burgess, S2c
    D.L. Howard 354k 22 March 1945: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two port and one starboard side views of Douglas L. Howard taken by the New York Navy Yard. Howard left the East Coast on 30 June 1945 and reported for duty in the Pacific Theater at Pearl Harbor on 8 August.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80875 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80878 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80874 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    D.L. Howard 369k
    D.L. Howard 357k

    View the USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Douglas L. Howard's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 29 Jul. 1943 - 26 Nov. 1943Lcdr. Gordon Denslow Kissam, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 26 Nov. 1943 - 29 Aug. 1944Lcdr. William F. Stokey, USNR
    3.) 29 Aug. 1944 - 05 Aug. 1945Lcdr. John Thomas Pratt, Jr., USNR
    4.) 05 Aug. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945Lt. Maurice B. Baker, USNR
    5.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946Lt. Alwynn J. Cronvich, USNR (decomm.)

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Douglas L. Howard
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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