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USS Howard D. Crow (DE 252)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - V - F
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Berry Creek"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star


"Courageous, Capable, Confident"
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
Howard D. Crow (DE 252) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 February 1943: Keel laid as DE 252 by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 23 February 1943: Named Howard D. Crow (DE 252)
  • 26 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Viola Elaine Warner, the late Ens. Crow's fiancee (who had been recommended for the honor of christening the ship by his parents)
  • 27 September 1943: Commissioned at Houston, Tex., Lcdr. Donald T. Adams, USCG, in command
  • 22 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 06 July 1951: Recommissioned at Mayport, Fla., Cmdr. Lewis E. Davis, Jr., in command, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of CruDesLant
  • 01 September 1957: Homeport assignment changed to Key West, Fla.
  • September 1958: Decommissioned, placed "in service" as a unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force, assigned to NRT, 8th Naval District at Galveston, Tex.
  • August 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis as a unit of DesDiv 101 homeported at Key West, Fla.
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed "in service" as a unit of ResDesRon 34 at Galveston, Tex.
  • 23 September 1968: Taken "Out of Service", Struck from the NVR with a total of 19 years and 10½ months of service
  • 18 September 1970: Sold for scrapping to Coastal Pools, Inc., of Beaumont, Tex.
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    Howard D. Crow 142k 02 April 1944: off Bayonne, N.J. - Howard D. Crow (DE 252) at anchor, following her availability at Bayonne. Note effectiveness of the two-tone Measure 22 (5-N Navy Blue and 5-H Haze Gray) camouflage, her designating number (252) in 24"-high white numbers, and her armament; open-mount 3"/50s (two forward, one aft), her 40 millimeter mount, aft, and the 20 millimeter Oerlikons. Her ASW armament consists of the hedgehog forward, just aft of Mt. 31, two depth charge tracks on the fantail, and depth charge projectors ("K-guns") along the main deck, aft, four on the starboard side, four on the port. Also note the single 26-foot motor whaleboat and davits, and life rafts and floater nets.
    (National Archives Photograph 19-N-76715, Bureau of Ships (19-LCM) Collection, Box 425, Still Pictures Branch, College Park, Md.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Howard D. Crow 142k 20 February 1945 (No photo number; photo by "Mac Quavice" on DE 253.) (From USCG Historian's Office)
    Howard D. Crow 70k 20 February 1945 (Photo from the US Coast Guard Historian's Office)
    Howard D. Crow 106k circa late 1945: Gunnery drill aboard Howard D. Crow employing 3"/50, 40 mm and 20 mm batteries. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Harold D. Muth, USCG (Ret.), Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Howard D. Crow 146k undated post-war shot of Howard D. Crow, apparently with the CO's autograph Tommy Trampp
    Howard D. Crow 276k Two undated post-war shots of Howard D. Crow, one underway and one at anchor. Navsource
    Howard D. Crow 235k
    Howard D. Crow 159k Undated Post-War Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Howard D. Crow 62k February 1957: Howard D. Crow, painted Measure US-27 (5-H Haze Gray), underway at sea, February 1957, her hull number in white with black shadowing. Her gun armament at this time consists of 3"/50s and 40 mm, no wartime 20 mm mounts remain. Gone also are the triple torpedo tube mount and depth charge projectors along her main deck, aft. Her ASW armament consists at this time of the hedgehog forward and two depth charge tracks on the fantail. Also note difference in antennae carried on her mast from the 02 April 1944 view.
    (National Archives Photograph 80-G-1010089, Record Group 80, Box 2742, Still Pictures Branch, College Park, Md.)
    Jon Cole
    Huse 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
    Howard D. Crow 35k An undated postcard view of Howard D. Crow passing the Galveston piers.

    (Postcard #GN17 © H.S. Crocker Co., Oklahoma City, Ok.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Howard D. Crow - The Crow was assigned to Galveston, Tex. in 1958. Her present primary mission is training Naval Reservists. In wartime, the Crow‘s specialty is Anti-Submarine Warfare.
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    Howard D. Crow 78k March 1962: Key West, Fla. - Taken at Key West Naval Annex (Photo © Fred Weiss) Fred Weiss

    Howard D. Crow Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Howard D. Crow
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    Ship's Plaque
    Howard D. Crow
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Howard D. Crow History
    View the USS Howard D. Crow (DE 252) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Howard D. Crow's Commanding Officers (partial)
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 Sep 1943 - 04 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Donald T. Adams, USCG
    2.) 04 Feb. 1944 - 01 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Richard E. Bacchus, Jr., USCG
    3.) 01 Feb. 1945 - 02 Oct. 1945Lt. John M. Nixon, USCG
    4.) 02 Oct. 1945 - 27 Mar. 1946Lt. Frederick T. Carney, USCG (Memphis, Tenn.)
    5.) 27 Mar. 1946 - 22 May 1946Lcdr. B.H. Kelmer, USCG
    6.) 06 Jul. 1951 - Sep. 1953Lcdr. Lewis Edwin Davis, Jr. (Clearfield, Pa.)
    7.) Sep. 1953 - Lcdr. Samuel Lloyd Collins

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion Was Planned for September 2009 in Washington DC
    Reunion Contact: Basil Philippy
    Address: 9201 Collinfield Drive
    City/State: Austin TX 78758
    Phone: (512) 834-3688
    E-mail: bphilippy@austin.rr.com

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