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USS Ely (DE 309)

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N - T - C - L
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
Ely (DE 309) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 August 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 10 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ann G. Ely, widow of Lieutenant Ely
  • 05 September 1944: Construction cancelled while Incomplete
  • 25 September - 03 October 1945: Docked in dry dock #1, cut in two in prep for scrapping; scrapped onsite at Mare Island
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    Ely 35k Arthur Vincent Ely, born 08 March 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935, and after aviation training in 1938 joined Torpedo Squadron 6. Lieutenant Ely's plane was shot down 4 June 1942 in the Battle of Midway. For his vigorous assault on Japanese forces, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart.

    USS Ely (DE 309) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1935, Courtesy of the United States Naval Academy.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Ely 116k 10 April 1944: Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Ely (DE 309). Left to right: Capt. F. W. Scanland, Mrs. V. L. Ansaw, Lcdr C. B. Taylor, Mrs. E. J. Sullivan, Mrs. R. Toschi, Mrs. Ann. G. Ely (Sponsor), Radm M. S. Tisdale, Miss Louise Ely (Maid of Honor) Capt. G. C. Klein, Mrs. M. S. Tisdale.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-2232-44)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Ely 91k 10 April 1944: Mrs. Ann G. Ely (Sponsor) christens Ely. Left to right: Radm M. S. Tisdale, Mrs. Ann. G. Ely (Sponsor), Miss Louise Ely (Maid of Honor) and Capt. G. C. Klein.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-2239-44)
    Ely 124k 03 July 1944: Bow view of a nest of "never to be completed" destroyers escorts at Mare Island. Left to right: USS Delbert W. Halsey (DE 310), USS Ely (DE 309) and USS Creamer (DE 308).
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-4148-44)
    Ely 141k 03 July 1944: Stern view, nest of above listed "never to be completed" destroyers escorts.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-309-4171-44)

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