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|32k||Edward Blanchard Cloues was born on 25 December 1917 at Warner, N.H. “Eddie,” as he was known to his family and friends, had graduated from Simonds Free
High School at the top of his class, had been active in sports, and a member of the school’s orchestra. He attended the University of New Hampshire for a year pending his
appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he graduated on 06 June 1940.
Eddie left Long Beach, Cal. on 22 June 1940 on board USS Cimarron, along with eleven classmates headed for USS Arizona (BB 39) at Pearl Harbor, all standing deck watches. The Arizona ensigns did not share the luxury cruise to Hawaii in SS Monterey with others of their class. Upon arrival he was assigned to A division (auxiliaries) in Arizona. Arizona went into Bremerton for overhaul in October and Eddie, forever fourth platoon, was assigned as basketball coach. Arizona returned to Pearl Harbor in January, and in February Eddie was qualified for top watch in engineering. In June, Arizona returned to San Pedro for a "Strength through Love" visit. About the same time Eddie left the JO Mess, where he was president, for the Wardroom. The ship rejoined the Fleet at Pearl Harbor in August. On 07 December 1941 he was supposed to be on leave in Honolulu, but had traded with another Ensign for ship’s duty. He was on engineering duty in one of Arizona’s turrets when the battleship was attacked, and he was killed in action. He lies still in his ship.
USS Cloues (DE 265) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from The USS Arizona BB-39 Web Site thanks to Nancy Nease)
|425k||12 February 1944: San Francisco Bay - Starboard bow view of Cloues off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-265 19-N-65251 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of Chris Wright)
(This is a better copy of a photo sent in earlier by Kenneth E. Catlin, PO1, USS Cloues, 1943 - 1945)
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|140k||12 February 1944: bow on view, off San Francisco.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-265-974-44)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|116k||12 February 1944: stern view, off San Francisco.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-265-969-44)
|View the USS Cloues (DE 265) 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.|
|Cloues' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Aug. 1943 - 28 Sep.1943||Cdr. William Stamps Howard, Jr. (Comm. CO) (USNA '25) (Tailisio, N.C.)|
|2.) 10 Aug. 1943 - 09 Jul. 1944||Lcdr. Thomas Kempshall Dunstan, USNR (New York, N.Y.)|
|3.) 09 Jul. 1944 - 26 Nov. 1945||Lt. / Lcdr. Kenneth G. Rich, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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