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USS Blair (DE 147)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense 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
Blair (DE 147) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 January 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 06 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Vestie Foster, the mother of three sons in the United States Navy
  • 13 September 1943: Commissioned, Lt. Alden J. Laborde, USNR, in command
  • 28 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8˝ months of service
  • 05 October 1951: Recommissioned at Mayport, Fla., Lcdr John L. Holmes in command, assigned to CortRon 10 at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified DER 147
  • 13 November 1956: Decommissioned at Boston Naval Shipyard for conversion to DER after 5 years and 1 month of service
  • 02 December 1957: Recommissioned at Boston, Lcdr Richard L. Warren in command, assigned to CortRon 7 at Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 15 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. after 2 years and 6˝ month of service; custody to CO, Bremerton Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 10 years and 4 month of service
  • 13 August 1974: Sold for scrapping to the West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, Wash. (Bid $232,896.00 for DER 147, DER 333, and LFR 1)
  • 10 October 1974: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    58k June 1944: Bayonne, N.J. - USS Blair (DE 147) in dry dock. Fay L. Eaton
    68k circa 1944: Blair underway at speed
    69k 14 February 1944: This photo was taken from the stern of USS Brough (DE 148) turning to port, with Blair in the background somewhere in the Atlantic.

    (Photo from the Harry Bissell Collection)
    John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Shelton, Conn.
    346k 25 March 1944: Blair underway with her crew at dress inspection.

    (Photo courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    83k 1945: Cardiff, Wales - Photo was taken from the signal bridge of Brough looking aft into the harbor. Blair (DE 147) is approaching the pier on the left and what looks like a Liberty ship off on the left. Notice that both DEs are painted in a wartime measure 32-camouflage scheme. This complex was known as the Queen Alexandria Docks.

    (Photo from the Harry Bissell Collection)
    John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Shelton, Conn.
    563k April 1955: Lcdr. Harvey O. Webster, Jr. (right) relieves Lcdr. Charles L. Nagle (left) as CO of USS Blair as the crew looks on. (from USS Blair Cruise Book 1956) Navsource
    505k 09 May 1955: Philadelphia, Pa. - Blair underway off the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. A year later she would be decommissioned and converted to a DER at Boston. Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.


    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    Blair History
    View the USS Blair (DE 147) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Blair as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Blair's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Sep. 1943 - 21 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Alden James Laborde, USNR (Comm. CO) (St. Martinville, La.)
    2.) 21 Jan. 1945 - 02 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Walter Gadsby, Jr., USNR (Portland, Ore.)
    3.) 02 Oct. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lt. Robert L. Carnright, USNR
    4.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 28 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Frank C. Hart, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Orange, N.J.)
    5.) 05 Oct. 1951 - .. Feb. 1953Lcdr. John London Holmes Jr. (Recomm. CO)
    6.) .. Feb. 1953 - .. Apr. 1955Lcdr. Charles Leo Nagle (El Dorado, Ark.)
    7.) .. Apr. 1955 - 13 Nov. 1956Lcdr. Harvey O’Neill Webster, Jr. (Decomm. CO)
    8.) 02 Dec.1957 - .. Dec. 1958Lcdr. Richard Lee Warren (Recomm. CO) (USNA '44) (Olustee, Okla.)
    9.) .. Dec. 1958 - .. Mar. 1960Lcdr. George Pullen Peed (Decomm. CO) (USNA '44) (Ft. Pierce, Fla.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Contact Name: Fay Eaton
    Address: 38 Diamond St. PO Box 6
    City/State: Electric City WA 99126-0006
    Phone: (509) 633-1392
    E-mail: Fay Eaton

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