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USS Frost (DE 144)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - W - U - V
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/ 7 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
Frost (DE 144) Building and Operational Data:
  • 13 January 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 21 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Holloway H. Frost, widow of Commander Frost
  • 30 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. T. S. Lank in command
  • 15 April 1945: In company with Stanton (DE 247) attacked German submarine U-880 NNW of the Azores, sinking it at 01:14
  • 18 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9⅔ months of service
  • 01 April 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 December 1966: Sold for scrapping

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    270k 21 March 1943: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Frost (DE 144) being side launched at the Consolidated Steel shipyard. Charles B. Cameron
    via Ron Reeves
    337k 05 January 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - A water level starboard side view of Frost taken off the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NARA CP-DE-144-19-N-61239 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    80k North Atlantic, November 1944 Warren Kerrigan
    169k Homeward bound 1945
    136k undated wartime image Dan Johnson
    152k undated wartime image
    77k 1943 David Buell

    Frost History
    View the USS Frost (DE 144) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Frost's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Aug. 1943 - 29 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Theodore Small Lank (Comm. CO)
    2.) 29 Jan. 1944 - 15 Aug. 1944Lcdr. John H. McWhorter (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    3.) 15 Aug. 1944 - 27 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Andrew E. Ritchie
    4.) 27 Oct. 1945 - 18 Jun. 1946Lt. Kedar B. Brown (Decomm. CO) (Wilmington, N.C.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Warren Kerrigan
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    Additional Resources

    USS Frost Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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