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USS Haas (DE 424)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense 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
Haas (DE 424) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 February 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 20 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Gladys Winifred Haas, widow of the late Chief Machinist Haas
  • 2 August 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr A. M. White, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 19 May 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • May 1951: Assigned to NRT, 8th Naval District at New Orleans, La.
  • 24 January 1958: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
  • 1 July 1966: Stricken from the NVR
  • 6 September 1967: Sold for scrapping
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    ***Roche / Haas*** 244k John William Haas was born 14 June 1907 in Sioux City, Iowa. A member of the famed Torpedo Squadron 3, the chief machinist and pilot was lost in action 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway. In the face of tremendous anticraft fire and Japanese fighter opposition, Chief Haas joined his squadron in pressing home the attack on enemy forces until it became relatively certain that in order to accomplish his mission he would sacrifice his life. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried on with extreme disregard for his personal safety until the gallant planes of Torpedo Squadron 3 had diverted Japanese planes and contributed importantly to the victory. For his self-sacrifice and valiant fighting effort, Chief Machinist Haas was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Haas (DE 424) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 95554 from the US Naval Historical Center)

    Bill Gonyo
    Haas 45k undated George L. Whitehill, Jr. RM2/c
    Haas 278k 25 March 1944: Haas underway off the Boston Navy Yard. (All three photos courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Haas 241k
    Haas 181k 7 August 1944: Houston, Tex.

    View the USS Haas (DE 424) DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

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