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Sanders (DE 273) / HMS Grindall (K.477)

Class: Evarts (lend-lease)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1140 tons (light), 1430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' (extreme)
Draft: 11' (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), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 156
HMS Grindall (K.477) ex-Sanders (DE 273):
  • 25 January 1942: Contract Awarded
  • 23 February 1942: Named Sanders
  • 23 April 1943: Keel laid at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 04 June 1943: Launched, christened / sponsored by Mrs. Eugene Thomas (Sarah) Sanders
  • 19 June 1943: Allocated to the Royal Navy, as HMS Grindall (K.477)
  • 23 September 1943: Transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Grindall (K.477)
  • 20 August 1945: Returned to USN at Chatham, England; commissioned as USS Grindall (DE 273), Lt. Burrill D. Barker, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 19 October 1945: Decommissioned at Philadelphia NSY
  • 01 November 1945: Stricken
  • 28 May 1946: Scrapped at Philadelphia NSY, completed
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    Sanders 106k Eugene Sanders died at Pearl Harbor on 12-7-41, he was assigned to the Arizona. His wife was Sarah "Sally" Sanders. In 1946 she married my uncle, Howard Van Meter, who was a chief in the Navy at the time. Sally and my uncle are both deceased now. Before my uncle died he gave me the pictures of Sally, WO Sanders, and other documents. In addition to these articles, I was also given WO Sanders sword which was found in the waters around the Arizona shortly after the attack, his Purple Heart Medal, and the bottle used to christen the USS Sanders by Sally in 1943. WO Sanders was originally from Oregon. Mark Ledgerwood
    Sanders 101k 4 June 1943: Sally Sanders, on left, sponsor of the USS Sanders Mark Ledgerwood
    Sanders 95k 4 June 1943: Sally Sanders at the christening of the USS Sanders Mark Ledgerwood
    Sanders / HMS Grindall 98k 4 June 1943: Sally Sanders christening the USS Sanders Mark Ledgerwood
    Sanders / HMS Grindall 82k 4 June 1943: Sanders slides down the way Mark Ledgerwood
    Sanders / HMS Grindall 68k The 'Evarts' type frigate Grindall, of the RN 'Captain' class, just showing her forefoot as she closes a consort on 12th April 1944. The cover has been removed from her Type SL radar aerial, and she has the extra two-tiered depth charges racks aft. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] (The Captain-class frigate HMS Grindall (K.477) underway on 12 April 1944. Photo #FL 5505 taken by unknown Royal Navy photographer; from the collections of the Imperial War Museum) - Robert Hurst Nick Tiberio /
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    HMS Grindall 72k HMS Grindall (ex-USS Sanders DE-273) underway in a moderate sea in April 1944. (Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons & Tactics in World War Two, by David K. Brown) Robert Hurst

    View the HMS Grindall (K.477), ex-Sanders DE 273, DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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