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USS Elden (DE 264)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - W - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service 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
Elden (DE 264) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 February 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 06 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Elden, widow of Lieutenant Elden
  • 04 August 1943: Commissioned in a short ceremony (16:35 to 16:45) at the Boston Navy Yard, Lcdr. G. F. Adams, USNR, in command
  • 18 January 1946: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 07 February 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 July 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    7k Ralph Waldo Elden (10 July 1907 - 06 June 1942) was born in New York, N.Y. and attended Oregon State for one year, 1927, as an engineering student. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931 and began a distinguished military career that would end in tragedy on 06 June 1942, at the Battle of Midway. At the time of his death Lieutenant Elden was serving as executive officer of USS Hammann (DD 412). During the Battle of Midway, 06 June 1942, when his commanding officer was wounded, he took charge and directed abandonment of his disabled and rapidly sinking destroyer until the decks were awash. He was killed in the water by an underwater explosion. For gallant and efficient performance of duty, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Elden (DE 264) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Oregon State University Alumni Association)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    20k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    179k 24 May 1945: San Francisco, Cal. - Two views of USS Elden (DE 264) at the Hunter's Point Naval dry-docks, San Francisco, California. Circles mark recent alterations.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photos #NH 91595 and NH 91596, courtesy of A.D. Baker III, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Elden History
    View the USS Elden (DE 264) 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 Elden as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Elden's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Aug. 1943 - 03 Mar. 1944Lcdr. George F. Adams, USNR
    2.) 03 Mar. 1944 - 28 Nov. 1944Lcdr. Frederick Charles Hartman, Jr., USNR
    3.) 28 Nov. 1944 - 19 Jan. 1945Lt. Carl Elton Snedeker, USNR (Jamesburg, N.J.)
    4.) 19 Jan. 1945 - 26 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Jesse Frank Doubleday, USNR (USCGA '35)
    5.) 26 Oct. 1945 - 18 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Leo Miller, USNR (Boston, Mass.)

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