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USS Stewart (DE 238)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - F - K - P
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - 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
Stewart (DE238) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 July 1942: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 22 November 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lois (Saunders) Porteous, wife of Captain William A. Porteous Jr., USN
  • 31 May 1943: Commissioned by Lcdr. M. I. Kearns, USNR, representing the Commandant, Eigth Naval District, Lcdr. B. C. Turner, USNR, in command
  • 27 September 1945: Arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a scheduled overhaul
  • .. October 1945: Overhaul cancelled, departed Philadelphia for Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 27 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 10 months of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 24 June 1974: Preserved as a museum ship at Seawolf Park, Galveston, Tex.
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    Stewart 148k Charles Stewart was born at Philadelphia, Pa. on 28 July 1778. He went to sea at the age of thirteen as a cabin boy and rose through the grades to become master of a merchantman. During the Quasi-War with France, Stewart was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Navy on 09 March 1798 and joined the frigate United States for a cruise in the West Indies. He took command of the schooner Experiment on 16 July 1800 and soon captured two armed French vessels and freed several captured American ships. After brief command of Chesapeake in 1801 and service in Constellation in 1802, Stewart sailed to the Mediterranean in command of the brig Siren. There he participated in the destruction of Philadelphia after her capture by Tripoli, helped to maintain the blockade of Tripoli, and distinguished himself in assaults on the enemy in August and September 1804. After the war, he participated in a show of force at Tunis and returned home as captain in 1806. On the outbreak of war in 1812, Stewart commanded, successively, Argus, Hornet, and Constellation. But, as the latter was closely blockaded in Norfolk, he took command of Constitution at Boston in 1813. He made two brilliant cruises in her between 1813 and 1815. The frigate captured HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on 20 February 1815. Stewart's later service included command of a squadron in the Mediterranean from 1816 to 1820 and of one in the Pacific from 1820 to 1824. He served as a Naval Commissioner from 1830 to 1832 and commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1838 to 1841, in 1846, and again from 1854 to 1861. By a bill passed on 02 March 1859, Congress made Stewart "senior flag officer," an office created for him in recognition of his distinguished and meritorious service. He became rear admiral on the retired list on 16 July 1862, and he died at Bordentown, N.J., on 06 November 1869.

    USS Stewart (DE 238) (1942-1946) was the third ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 13 (1902-1919) and DD 224 (1920-1942).    (Photo from the Library of Congress)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
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    22 November 1942: Houston, Tex. - A twelve view series of the future USS Stewart (DE 238) being launched and christened at the Brown Ship Building Co. in Houston.

    (Photos No. 1, 8 - 10, 12 from Nathan Clay)      (Photos No. 2 - 7, 10 from Nick Tiberio)
    Nathan Clay
    Dallas, Tex.


    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Stewart 34k 20 May 1943: USS Stewart (DE 238) as completed. Like many other DE's at this time, she had a triple torpedo tube mount originally removed from on of the old "flushdeck" destroyers.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Stewart 331k Undated wartime image of USS Stewart (DE 238), shortly after being commissioned on 31 May 1943.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 108845 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Stewart 94k 21 November 1943, Sunday: off Norfolk, Va. - Two views of USS Stewart (DE 238) at sea returning from a routine coastal patrol that began when she departed Norfolk on 11 November. She returned to Norfolk this date, mooring to USS Childs (DD 241) on the south side of Pier Five at 1225.

    Top Photo Unnumbered; Bottom Photo (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-200282 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Nathan Clay
    Stewart 491k
    Jacob Jones 141k January 1944: USS Stewart approaches Jacob Jones (DE 130) to deliver mail. Stewart reports in her War Diary: "operating directly under COTCLant (CTF 23) in Hampton Roads and Lower Chesapeake Bay training prospective Destroyer Escort Crews, returning to N.O.B. Norfolk every night."

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-44444 from the United States National Archives)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    Stewart 289k 22 June 1945: New York, N.Y. - USS Stewart (DE 238) in New York Harbor.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-89448 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    McConnell / Stewart 226k September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS McConnell and USS Stewart laid up in reserve at the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Station, Green Cove Springs. John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.

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    Stewart History
    View the USS Stewart (DE 238) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Stewart's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 May 1943 - 18 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Blaney Calatis Turner, USNR (Comm. CO) (Cleveland, Oh.)
    2.) 31 Jan. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1945Cmdr. Alvin Chesley Wilson Jr., USNR (Homeland, Md.)
    3.) 01 Dec. 1945 - 28 Dec. 1945Lt. Everett Terry Shahan, USNR (Lipscomb, Tex.)
    4.) 28 Dec. 1945 - 13 Feb. 1946Lt. Jerry P. Simmons, USNR (Miami, Fla.)
    5.) 13 Feb. 1946 - 27 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) Richard H. Dennis, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Charles H. Sprague, Jr.
    Address: 1807 Firwood Drive
    City/State: Pasadena TX 77502
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