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USS Lake (DE 301)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - C - N
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII 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
Lake (DE 301) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 April 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 18 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Carol M. Feldman
  • 05 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. D. Weekes, Jr. in command
  • 03 December 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard after 1 year and 10 months of service
  • 19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 14 December 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Puget Sound Navigation Co., Seattle, Wash.
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    170k 02 July 1943: Bow view of the USS Lake (DE 301) on the building ways at Mare Island. The USS Lyman (DE 302) is to the left.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-4813-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    191k 02 July 1943: Stern view of the Lake on the building ways. The Lyman is to the right.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-4812-43)
    114k 18 August 1943: Mrs. Carol M. Feldman christens the USS Lake (DE 301) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right: Mrs. Josephine Wooden (Matron of Honor), Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. Carol M. Feldman (Sponsor) and Capt. W. E. Malloy (Yard Planning Officer).
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-5986-43)
    87k 18 August 1943: The USS Lake (DE 301) is seen immediately after her launching.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-5971-43)
    709k 10 January 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - Bow on view of Lake and Lyman (DE 302) berthed at a fitting out dock at the Mare Island Navy Yard prior to commissioning. Aft of them are Crowley (DE 303) and Rall (DE 304). Immediately aft of Rall and Crowley are submarines USS Mingo (SS 261) and USS Barb (SS 220). The tender in the background is USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS 16) at her fitting out berth with YD 33 along side.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-259 19-N-86023 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    223k April 1944: Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal. - The arrangement of the exhaust pipes inside her funnel betray her diesel power plant. Visible also is the passage from her open bridge to the sonar room located inside the forward end of the bridge structure. The range finder atop her bridge is for her 3" armament fire control. Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    334k 05 April 1944: Amidships looking aft plan view of Lake at Mare Island.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-2162-44)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    263k 05 April 1944: Forward plan view of Lake at Mare Island. The USS Selfridge (DD 357) is aft of Lake.
    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-301-2160-44)
    91k 07 April 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - Starboard side view of USS Lake (DE 301) at Mare Island Navy Yard wearing 32/22d scheme.
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 83882 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    440k 07 June 1944: Vallejo, Cal. - A port broadside view of USS Lake (DE 301) underway, off Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 83881 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Lake History
    View the USS Lake (DE 301) 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 Lake as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Lake's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 Feb. 1944 - 14 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Arthur D. Weekes Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Nassau, N. Y.)
    2.) 14 Oct. 1945 - 03 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Soloman Ribakoff, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Kanssas City, Mo.)

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