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German air attack off Algiers - Although Holder was brought home,
she was considered a war loss, 17 of her crew were lost and remain on eternal duty
USS Holder (DE 401)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - Y - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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 - World War II Victory Medal
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
Holder (DE 401) Building and Operational Data:
6 October 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
27 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Annette Holder, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Holder
18 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr G. Cook in command
11 April 1944: Irreparably damaged by German aircraft 35 miles north-east of Algiers, Algeria (17 killed, 12 wounded), she was considered a war loss
13 September 1944: Decommissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the forward section of her hull was used to repair USS Menges (DE 320)
23 September 1944: Stricken from the NVR
20 June 1947: Hulk sold and broken up for scrap by John Witte Co., Staten Island, N.Y.
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||Randolph Mitchell Holder was born 20 September 1918 in Jackson, Miss., and was commissioned Ensign 10 April 1940 following flight training. Reporting to Torpedo Squadron 6 in the famous carrier Enterprise, he took part in the early carrier operations in the critical months following Pearl Harbor and then fought in the pivotal Battle of Midway, first of the great American successes in the sea war. In the gallant attack of the torpedo planes early 4 June 1942, Holder and his comrades attacked the Japanese ships without fighter cover. Though Holder and many others were shot down while pressing this attack, they forced radical maneuvers and diverted Japanese air cover so as to make the later raids lethal to the enemy fleet. Lieutenant (j.g.) Holder was presumed dead next day, 5 June 1942, and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroism.
USS Holder (DE 401) (January - September 1944) was the first ship to be named in his honor, she was succeeded by DD-819 (1946-1976).
(Photo Courtesy of the USS Holder Association thanks to Doug Dame)
||USS Menges (DE 320) (left) and Holder (right) in drydock prior to their "melding." Note the welded repair plate across Menges' stern area which was used during her tow across the Atlantic. (U.S. Navy Photo)
||undated, being stripped as parts hulk
View the USS Holder (DE 401) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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