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USS Hurst (DE 250)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
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
Hurst (DE 250) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 January 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 14 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jeanette Harris Hurst, widow of Lt. Hurst
  • 30 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr B. H. Brallier commanding
  • 1 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 December 1972: Stricken from the NVR
  • 1 October 1973: To Mexico, renamed ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (A-06), Training ship for the Gulf Fleet, still in service in the Mexican Navy as of summer 2000
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    Hurst 52k Edwin William Hurst was born on 16 October 1910 at Falls City, Nebr. and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932. After serving in Tennessee, he completed flight training in 1935. He was then assigned to several squadrons and aviation shore facilities before reporting on board Lexington on 19 May 1941. Hurst earned two Distinguished Flying crosses. During the critical Battle of the Coral Sea 7 to 8 May 1942, he daringly attacked carrier Shoho, scoring hits which contributed to her sinking; and the following day severely damaged carrier Shokaku. While flying over the uncharted Owen Stanley range, he pressed home a successful torpedo attack in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, severely damaging enemy shipping and installations at Salamaua and Lae, N.G. on 10 March 1942. With his gallant carrier Lexington sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lt. Hurst flew from New Zealand until his death 9 June 1942 in a crash near Whemuapai.

    USS Hurst (DE 250) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1932.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Hurst 101k 2 April 1944: USS Hurst (DE 250), taken off the Brooklyn Navy Yard John Klar
    Hurst 112k March 2000: Cozumel, Mexico - ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (E-30)

    (Manuel Azueta Perillo was a Mexican sailor characterized by his bold and heroic struggle for national defense during the U.S. occupation of Veracruz, 21 April 1914, when he put on a war footing the cadets of the heroic Military Naval School. biography supplied by Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez)



    (All Photos © Fred Williams)
    Fred W. Williams
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    View the USS Hurst (DE 250) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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