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USS Lowe (DE 325)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - E - R
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Summit"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Korean Service Medal (USCG Service)
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars - United Nations Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign 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
Lowe (DE 325) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 May 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 28 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Harry J. Lowe, mother
  • 22 November 1943: Commissioned, Cdr Reginald H. French, USCG, in command
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.5 years of service
  • 20 July 1951: Loaned to USCG and Recommissioned WDE-425,
  • 01 June 1954: Decommissioned after 2.9 years of service and returned to USN at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Cal.
  • 28 October 1954: Reclassified and converted DER 324
  • 15 January 1955: Recommissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Lcdr J. R. Bohlken in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 5 at Seattle, Wash.
  • September 1965: Homeport reassigned to Guam
  • 20 September 1968: Decommissioned at Guam after 8.7 years of service
  • 23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR with a total of 14.1 years of active service
  • 03 September 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Size Image Description Contributed
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    Lowe 73k undated, wartime image Joseph N. Ouellette
    SM3 (1961)
    Lowe 107k undated, as DER 325 Ron Tone
    Lowe 153k Date / Location Unknown: as DER 325 (Both photos ©Mike Proffitt) Mike Proffit
    RM2 (60-62)
    Lowe 204k
    Lowe 89k date / location unknown Robert Hurst

    Lowe History
    View the USS Lowe (DE 325) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Lowe's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  22 Nov. 1943 - .. May 1944Cmdr. Reginald Hicks French, USCG (Comm. CO) (Ardsley, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)
    2.)  .. May 1944 - .. Oct. 1944Lcdr. James Albert Alger, Jr., USCG (Brookline, Mass.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)
    3.)  .. Oct. 1944 - .. Jan. 1946Lcdr. Herbert Feldman, USCG
    4.)  .. Jan. 1946 - 01 May 1946Lcdr. George Russell Lee (Decomm. CO)
    5.)  .. Jul. 1951 - .. Sep. 1952Cmdr. William Bromfield Ellis, USCG (Albany, Ga.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)
    7.)  15 Jan. 1955 - .. .... ....Lcdr. John Renault Bohlken (Recomm. CO) (Burlington, Ia.)
    8.)  .. Sep. 1959 - .. Nov. 1961Lcdr. Robert Dale Wood
    9.)  .. Nov. 1961 - .. .... 1963Lcdr. Stanley Sidney Fine (New York, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)
    10.) .. .... 1963 15 Sep. 1965Lcdr. Richard John (Dick) Edress
    11.) 15 Sep. 1965 - Lcdr. William Joseph Moredock (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Lowe
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