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USS Edwin A. Howard (DE 346)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - S - Y
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 w/ 1 star - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Edwin A. Howard (DE 346) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 November 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 25 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Julia W. Howard, mother of Corporal Howard
  • 25 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr F. Denfield, USNR, in command
  • 10 November 1944: After one convoy escort voyage to the Mediterranean, sailed from New York for the South Pacific
  • 25 September 1946: Decommissioned after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 1 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 September 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Edwin A. Howard 64k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.

    Edwin A. Howard History
    View the USS Edwin A. Howard (DE 346) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Edwin A. Howard as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Edwin A. Howard's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 May 1944 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. Frederick Denfield, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) .. .... 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lt. Stuart L. Kadison, USNR
    3.) .. Mar. 1946 - .. Jul. 1946Lcdr. John Edmund Tuttle, USN
    4.) .. Jul. 1946 - 25 Sep. 1946Lt. Harley Melvin Shaffer, USN (Decomm. CO)

    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 Edwin A. Howard
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