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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

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, USCG, commanding
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 October 1973: To Mexico, renamed ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (A-06), assigned as training ship for the Gulf Fleet
  • .. July 2016: Decommissioned from the Mexican Navy
  • 06 November 2017: ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (D-111) sunk as a reef
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    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 07 to 08 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, New Guinea 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 09 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
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    131k 1944: The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Hurst (DE 250) underway whilst on convoy duty in the Atlantic in 1944, and manned by the U.S. Coastguard. Note that the Haze Gray of the Measure 22 colour scheme has been stripped off by rough he seas to reveal the Dark Gray of an earlier scheme beneath.

    (U.S. Navy Official Photo; scanned from American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2, by Peter Elliott)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    101k 02 April 1944: USS Hurst (DE 250), taken off the Brooklyn Navy Yard. John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    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
    143k November 2017: Cozumel, Mexico - A four photo series of ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (D 111) docked in preparation for reefing and being sunk on 06 November. She was formerly the USS Hurst (DE 250), and served for 41 years in the Mexican Navy. And then there were seven... This leaves ex-Hemminger (DE 746) in Thailand, ex-Atherton (DE 169) in the Philippines, ex-Forster (DER 334) captured and hulked in Vietnam, and ex-McAnn (DE 179) a museum in Brazil, The superstructure and hull of ex-Ruchamkin (APD 89) is a shoreside attraction in Columbia, and Stewart (DE 238) and Slater (DE 766) are museums in Galveston and Albany, respectively. Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Hurst History
    View the USS Hurst (DE 250) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Hurst's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Aug. 1943 - .. Oct. 1944Lcdr. Bret Hart Brallier, USCG (Comm. CO) (USCGA '29) (San Jose, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) .. Oct. 1944 30 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Edward B. Winslow, USCG (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    3.) 30 Oct. 1945 -Lt. Oskar F. Aune, USCG (Richmond, N.Y.)

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