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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 Lewis Bailey Pride, Jr.
  • 13 November 1943: Commissioned, Cdr R. R. Curry, U.S.C.G, in command
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.5 years of service
  • 02 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Pride 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. He was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 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
    ***Alger / Pride*** 56k 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) Robert Hurst
    Pride 80k 1944: The Mediterranean Sea David Buell
    Pride 162k
    Pride 120k
    Pride 144k
    Pride 236k 1944: Pride nested with other DE's in an unknown Mediterranean port
    ***Mattole*** 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.) Robert Hurst
    Pride 36k February / March 1945: underway in the North Atlantic Andy Cisternino
    RM1c USGC


    Auction Offering
    Booklet 02 March 1973
    Courtesy of
    Tim Rizzuto and
    Ed Zajkowski

    Pride History
    View the USS Pride (DE 323) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Pride's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Nov. 1943 - .. Apr. 1944Cmdr. Ralph R. Curry, USCG
    2.) .. Apr. 1944 - .. Aug. 1945Capt. Reginald Hicks French, USCG
    3.) .. Aug. 1945 - 01 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Winslow H. Buxton, USCG
    4.) 01 Sep. 1945 - 26 Apr. 1946Lt. Leroy A. Cheney, USCG

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources

    USS Pride Scrapbook of William Valencheck
    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation

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