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USS Huse (DE 145)

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Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Applegate"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Ribbon w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star

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
Huse (DE 145) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 January 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 23 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. M. Humrichouse, daughter of Vice Admiral Huse
  • 30 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. W. A. Sessions in command
  • 27 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 7 months of service
  • 03 August 1951: Recommissioned, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force at Newport, R.I.
  • .. March 1960: Assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District at New York, N.Y. as a unit of Reserve Destroyer Squadron 4
  • 06 July 1960: Assigned to NRT, 8th Naval District at New Orleans La.
  • 30 June 1965: Decommissioned at the South Gate Annex, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. after 13 years and 10 months of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR with a total of 16 years and 5 months of service
  • 24 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Aardvark International Corp., Chester, Pa. for $55,916.00
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    176k Harry McLaren Pinckney Huse was born on 08 December 1858 at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point N.Y., where his father was then stationed. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1878 and had extensive service at sea over the next decade, plus duty ashore, notably at the Naval Academy. During the 1898 war with Spain Lt. Huse was XO of the gunboat Gloucester. In the early 1900s Lcdr Huse was stationed in the Philippines, where he commanded the gunboat Villalobos. This was followed by nearly five years at the Naval Academy as, among other things, instructor of mathematics. Promoted to the rank of Commander in 1907, Huse was CO of the monitor Nevada and later the supply ship Celtic. After his promotion to Captain in 1909, he was Captain of the Yard at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, commanded the battleship Vermont, attended the Naval War College and, in 1914-1915, was Chief of Staff to Radm. Frank Friday Fletcher. As a result of his conduct during the landings at Vera Cruz, Mexico, in April 1914, Captain Huse was awarded the Medal of Honor.

    Huse reached the Rank of Rear Admiral in mid-1916, while at the War College. He held Navy Department positions through the World War I years, followed in 1919 by command of the Atlantic Training Fleet. From late 1919 to early 1921 he served as senior US Navy representative on the Allied Naval Armistice Commission and the Naval Inter-Allied Commission of Control, then as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters. After returning to the United States he was Commandant of the Third Naval District, headquartered at New York City, and as a member of the Navy's General Board. Radm. Huse retired in December 1922, later receiving the retirement rank of Vice Admiral. A Washington, DC resident for the rest of his life, Vadm. Huse died at Bethesda Naval Hospital on 14 May 1942.

    USS Huse (DE 145) (1943-1965) was the first ship to be named in his honor.       (Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH1207)
    Fred Weiss
    482k 20 March 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - A low level port quarter view of Huse taken off the southern coast of Brooklyn. Huse was in the New York Navy Yard for a short overhaul betweeen asignments as an Atlantic convoy escort.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NARA CP-DE-145-19-N-63911 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    120k 12 December 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Huse operating with an escort carrier.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-350736 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Fred Weiss
    74k circa mid-50s: location unknown - highline transfer from Brough (DE 148) to Huse. William T. Bullard
    89k 1950s: Huse in harbor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NHC 82337-KN from the from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Fred Weiss
    671k circa late 1950's: Key West, Fla. - An undated photo of a change of command ceremony being held on the pier head at Trumbo Annex, U.S. Naval Station, Key West, Fla. On the left are Huse (DE 145) with Snowden (DE 246) behind her. On the right are Howard D. Crow (DE 252) with Greenwood (DE 679) tied up behind her.

    (Photo #MM00039629x from the Wright Langley Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    222k 03 July 1957: Key West, Fla. - USS Huse (DE 145) moored port side to Pier "M" at the Key West Naval Annex. Moored to her starboard side is USS Peterson (DE 152). David Wright
    Geneva, N.Y.

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    35k March 1962: Key West Naval Annex

    (Photo © Fred Weiss)
    Fred Weiss
    95k date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    74k 11 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of DE's 145 and 152 (Huse and Peterson). Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto

    Huse Memorabilia
    8th Naval District
    Press Release
    Courtesy of
    Ed Zajkowski
    NavSta Key West
    Base Newspaper Article
    Courtesy of
    Ed Zajkowski

    Huse History
    View the USS Huse (DE 145) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Huse's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Aug. 1943 28 Dec. 1943Lcdr. William A. Sessions, USNR (Comm. CO) (Great Neck, Long Island, N. Y.)
    2.) 28 Dec. 1943 02 Jun. 1944Lcdr. Robert Hume Wanless, USNR (Lancaster, Pa.)
    3.) 02 Jun. 1944 16 Nov. 1945Lcdr. James Hervey Batcheller Jr., USN (USNA 41) (Point Lookout, Corvallis, Ore.) (also CO: DE-799)
    4.) 16 Nov. 1945 27 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) James A. Johnson, USNR (Decomm. CO)
    5.) 03 Aug. 1951 22 Sep. 1953Lcdr. Frederick Wilhelm Zigler (Recomm. CO)
    6.) 22 Sep. 1953 .. Jul. 1955Cmdr. Richard Street White III
    7.) .. Jul. 1955 16 Apr. 1957Cmdr. Harry Zellner Miller (USNA 41) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    8.) 16 Apr. 1957 30 Sep. 1958Lcdr. Lawrence Albert (Larry) Kempf (Stillwater, Minn.)
    9.) 30 Sep. 1958 27 Nov. 1959Lcdr. William Booth Murray Jr. (New London, Conn.)
    10.) 27 Nov. 1959 15 Jul. 1961Lcdr. Bert Milton Atkinson Jr. (USNA 46) (Palo Alto, Cal.)
    11.) 15 Jul. 1961 01 Aug. 1962Cmdr. George Koury (USMMA 43) (Brooklyn, N. Y.)
    12.) 01 Aug. 1962 10 Jun. 1964Lcdr. Dale Leon Kerfoot
    13.) 10 Jun. 1964 30 Jun. 1965Lcdr. Fred Floyd Ames Jr. (Decomm. CO) (Norfolk, Va.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: David Perlstein, Treasurer, USS Huse (DE 145) Association
    Address: 7814 La Mirada Drive
    City/State: Boca Raton FL 33433
    Phone: (561) 368-7167
    E-mail: David Perlstein
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