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USS Seid (DE 256)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal European - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Seid (DE 256) Building and Operational Data:
  • 10 January 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 22 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. George Seid, mother of Ensign Seid
  • 11 June 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. Charles A. Thorwall, USNR, in command
  • 07 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 April 1947: Sold for scrapping to the Pacific Bridge Co., San Francisco, Cal.
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    226k 22 May 1944: Alameda, Calif. - USS Seid (DE 256) at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Yard. Circles mark recent alterations.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-75173 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    298k 22 May 1944: Alameda, Calif. - USS Seid at the Bethlehem Steel Co. Yard, Alameda, California. Note: Heavy depth charge battery, with eight "K" guns. YF-461 and YF-558 are nearby. Circles mark recent alterations.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-75174 and 19-N-85118 from the United States National Archives)
    43.1k undated - taken at Guam Sheldon E. Elliott
    S1c, USS Seid

    These Three Photos
    © Sheldon E. Elliott
    43.1k undated - taken at Guam - looking at her bridge "Score Card"
    43.5k undated - taken at Guam - Seid in dry-dock.
    207k 09 May 1945: Guam - USS Seid at anchorage moored between the station tanker USS Quiros (IX 140) and the destroyer minelayer USS Lindsey (DM 32). Work on Lindsey to construct a temporary bow has started, with wreckage from kamikaze damage partially removed.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NA 80G-319309 from the National Archives.)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    48k circa 1945: at sea - the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Seid (DE 256) underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 90057, Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1979, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    654k Souvenir drawing of the ship presented to departing crewmembers. Clayton's great-uncle Edward "G" Eliseian, S2c, of Oakland, Cal., was transferred to Seid from the Receiving Station at NOB 926, Guam, Marianas Islands on 25 July 1945. He served in her until he was transferred to the Terminal Island Receiving Station at San Pedro, Cal. on 11 October 1945. Clayton T. Smith
    Englewood, Co.

    Seid History
    View the USS Seid (DE 256) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    View the official War History of USS Seid as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Seid's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 11 Jun. 1943 - 14 Nov. 1943Cmdr. Charles Arthur Thorwall, USNR (Comm. CO) (Los Angeles, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 14 Nov. 1943 - .. Aug. 1944Lt. Henry Lee Vaughn, USN (USNA '40) (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.) .. Aug. 1944 - 14 Dec. 1945Lt. Arthur Francis Craft, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Bernie, Mo.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Scott Craft
    Address: 3057 Highland Drive
    City/State: Carlsbad, Cal. 92008
    E-mail: stcraft at
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