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USS Pride (DE 323)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - L - U

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal

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
Pride (DE 323) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 April 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 03 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lewis Bailey Pride, mother of Ensign Lewis Bailey Pride, Jr.
  • 13 November 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. R. R. Curry, USCG, in command
  • 18 March 1945: Pride, in company with Menges (DE 320), Mosley (DE 321), and Lowe (DE 325) sank the German submarine U-866, south of Nova Scotia
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    7k Lewis Bailey Pride, Jr., born at Miami, Fla. on 22 April 1919, was appointed Midshipman from Kentucky 23 June 1937. He was commissioned an Ensign 07 February 1941, and reported on board Oklahoma 13 March 1941. Ensign Pride and 428 shipmates were killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941.

    USS Pride (DE 323) (1943 - 1946) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    ***Alger / Pride***
    327k early 1944: USS Hamul (AD 20) with (from left to right) DEs USS Calcaterra (DE 390); USS Pride (DE 323); USS Falgout (DE 324); USS Alger (DE 101) and USS Eichenberger (DE 202), alongside at Bermuda. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86271, courtesy of the Captain D.L. Madeira Collection)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    80k 1944: The Mediterranean Sea David Buell
    236k 1944: Pride nested with other DE's in an unknown Mediterranean port.
    95k USS Mattole (AO 17) refueling Pride by the astern method, 17 August 1944. USS Newell (DE 322) is approaching from the far right.

    (U.S. National Archives Photo # 80-G-245464, a U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    36k February / March 1945: underway in the North Atlantic Andy Cisternino
    RM1c, USGC
    36k 02 March 1973: Auction Offering Booklet for the following ships ex-DE's 140 (J.R.Y. Blakely), 249 (Marchand), 323 (Pride), and 392 (Merrill); ex-DD's 598 (Bancroft) and 617 (Ordronaux) Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Pride History
    View the USS Pride (DE 323) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Pride as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Pride's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Nov. 1943 - 07 Jun. 1944Cmdr. Ralph R. Curry, USCG
    2.) 07 Jun. 1945 - 01 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Winslow H. Buxton, USCG
    3.) 01 Sep. 1945 - 26 Apr. 1946Lt. Leroy A. Cheney, USCG (New York City, N.Y.)

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    Additional Resources

    USS Pride Scrapbook of William Valencheck
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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