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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
  • 18 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.9 years of service
  • 01 April 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 December 1966: Sold for scrapping
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    Frost 142k Artist's conception of Frost by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Frost 337k 5 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
    Frost 80k North Atlantic, November 1944 Warren Kerrigan
    Frost 169k Homeward bound 1945
    Frost 136k undated wartime image Dan Johnson
    Frost 152k undated wartime image
    Frost 77k 1943 David Buell

    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.)
    2.) 29 Jan. 1944 - 15 Aug. 1944Lcdr. John H. McWhorter
    3.) 15 Aug. 1944 - 27 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Andrew E. Ritchie
    4.) 27 Oct. 1945 - 18 Jun. 1946Lt. Kedar B. Brown (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Warren Kerrigan

    Note About Contacts

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    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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    Additional Resources

    USS Frost Web Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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