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USS Price (DE 332)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service 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
Price (DE 332) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 August 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 30 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ray P. Reynolds
  • 12 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr J. W. Higgins, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 16 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 4 months of service
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified and converted DER 332 at the New York Naval Shipyard,, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 01 August 1956: Recommissioned at New York City, N.Y., assigned to CortRon 18 at Newport, R.I.
  • 30 June 1960: Decommissioned at Orange, Tex. after 3 years and 11 months of service
  • 01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 8 years and 3 months of service
  • 12 March 1975: Sold for scrapping
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    51k Edward Max Price, born in Richmond, Va. on 20 June 1916, grew up in Charleston, W.V. After attending Lincoln Grade School in Charleston; Hargrave Military Academy (Class of 1932) in Chatham, Virginia; and Concord State College, Athens, West Virginia; he was appointed Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy on 16 July 1935. Graduating as number 26 in his class of 550, he was commissioned Ensign on 01 June 1939, and assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV 2).

    Promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 01 November 1941, Lieutenant Price was officer in charge of weapons in the after control station of Lexington. He was responsible for the training and action of the automatic gun crews, and when in battle he directed the aim for his gunners. On the second day of the Coral Sea Battle, 08 May 1942, the Japanese were coming at Lexington from all directions. The dive bombers zoomed close. Their deadly missiles fell all about the marked ship. The men were too busy to think of dodging them. Their minds were ccentered on their jobs. Their young officer’s attention was focused on the job he had to do - fight off the Japenese planes. A bomb whistled close - then exploded. A fragment struck Lieutenant Price. He died giving the command "Keep firing!" And his gun crew did. Although Lexington sank later that day, those surviving shipmates remembered the young lieutenant and his orders.

    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, commended the young officer in a citation for bravery: "He contributed immeasurably to the destruction wrought on the attacking aircraft by skillfully directing the fire of his batteries. He perished at his battle station carrying out his duties in the best tradition of the Naval Service." Lt.(jg) Edward Max Price was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Buried at sea, he is memorialized on the "Walls of the Missing" at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

    USS Price (DE 332) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1939.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Price 82k 01 August 1956: Brooklyn Naval Shipyard - Recommissioning Cermony Thomas C. Goff
    1956 - 1957
    Price 474k 01 August 1956: Brooklyn Naval Shipyard - The United States ensign is run up during the recommissioning ceremony of USS Price (DER 332). In the background is USS Saratoga (CVA 60), commissioned three and a half months previously, on April 16th. Jim Young
    ETR3, Feb. - Dec. 1957
    Price 77k A copy of the newspaper article using the above photo.
    Price 269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Looking across the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard we see Price in a nest of decommisioned DERs along the Langley Ave. quay. Forward of her nest is the decommissioned Everglades (AD 24), which was in use as a support ship for the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facilty. Outboard in the nest aft of Price is Stockdale (DE 399) which has been mothballed since 1947. Jim Cunliffe
    Frederica, Del.

    Price History
    View the USS Price (DE 332) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Price as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Price's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jan. 1944 – 21 Apr. 1945Lcdr. John Worthen Higgins Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Somerville, Mass.)
    2.) 21 Apr. 1945 - .. Jul. 1946Lcdr. William Anderson Walker III, USN (USNA '40) (Cleveland, Oh.)
    3.) .. Jul. 1946 - 16 May 1947Lcdr. John Foster Collingwood, USN
    4.) 01 Aug. 1956 -Lcdr. William Anthony Stone
    5.) .. Aug. 1959 - .. .... 1960Lcdr. Leo Joseph Marshall Jr. (NRMS Columbia ‘45) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Gil Murphy
    Address: 5822 New Paris Way
    City/State: Ellenton FL 34222
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