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USS Harveson (DE 316)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Specifications:
Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Harveson (DE 316) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 March 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel, Orange, Tex.
  • 22 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. T. L. Herlong, mother of Lt. Harveson
  • 12 October 1943: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr P. L. Stinson, USCG, in command
  • 09 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 13 September 1950: Reclassified DER 316 and converted at the Mare Island Navy Yard
  • 12 February 1951: Recommissioned at Vallejo, Calif., Lcdr W. S. Slocum III in command
  • 30 June 1960: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. and joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, Cal.
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 October 1967: Sunk as target off the California coast
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    Harveson 58k Herold Aloysius Harveson was born 7 August 1913 at Lake Charles, La., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 3 June 1937. After serving in Louisville and on the staff of the Pacific Fleet Scouting Force, Lt. (j.g.) Harveson was assigned to Utah 19 August 1941. Operating out of Pearl Harbor, the aged ex-battleship, converted to a target ship, served the fleet as the major antiaircraft training ship, as well as a key to developing carrier air-to-ship attack tactics. During the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, the Japanese launched two aerial torpedoes at the USS Utah (AG16). Both torpedoes struck the port side of the Utah. She had overturned and sunk by 0812. Like so many of her crew, Lt. Harveson gave his life in the opening moments of the war and was awarded the Navy Cross; Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; and World War II Victory Medal posthumously. By an Act of Congress Harveson was promoted one grade following his demise.

    USS Harveson (DE 316) (1943-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Left: Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1937.)     (Right: U.S. Navy Photo Courtesy of the USS Utah Association thanks to William Hughes)
    Bill Gonyo
    Harveson 259k 10 July 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two port side views of Harveson taken near the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-316 19-N-72449 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-316 19-N-72450 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Harveson 420k
    Harveson 106k 19 June 1950: San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of USS Harveson (DE 316) at Mare Island on the day she started conversion to DER. She completed her conversion on 1 March 1951. (US Navy photo #DE-316 6409-6-50) Darryl Baker
    Harveson 159k 19 June 1950: San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Harveson at Mare Island on the day she started conversion to DER. She completed her conversion on 1 March 1951. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 6412-6-50)
    Harveson 109k 12 February 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Senior officers at the commissioning ceremonies of USS Harveson (DER 316) at Mare Island. Mare Island's commander Capt. B. E. Manseau, is the second officer from the left in the back row. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8175-2-51)
    Harveson 155k 9 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Harveson at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8512-3-51)
    Harveson 159k 9 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of Harveson at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8509-3-51)
    Harveson 102k 9 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Broadside view of Harveson off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8504-3-51)
    Harveson 78k 9 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Harveson off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8509-3-51)
    Harveson 49k May 1957: A U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star (became the EC-121K after 1962) flying over the radar picket escort destroyer USS Harveson (DER 316) in 1957. Both were the key elements of the "Pacific Barrier Forces" in the late 1950s. (Photo from U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News May 1957 issue Robert Hurst
    Harveson 89k 1959: Pearl Harbor, Hi. Harveson leaving port Archie M. Mustard
    Lt(jg) USNR (ret.)
    Harveson 258k 1950's: from photo album of Admiral John DeLargy, a former Harveson CO Rick Palmer

    View the USS Harveson (DE 316) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Jack E. Averill
    Address: 5029 Shelley Ct., Orlando, FL 32807
    Phone: (407) 273-6743
    E-mail: Jack Averill

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