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USS Lough (DE 586)

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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 w/ 3 stars
Second Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Lough (DE 586) Building and Operational Data:
  • 8 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.
  • 22 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Rose Anne Lough, sister of Ensign Lough
  • 02 May 1944: Commissioned at Boston, Lcdr. Blaney C. Turner in command
  • 24 June 1946 Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 2 months of service having steamed 127,743 miles
  • 27 March 1947: Inactivated at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 November 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • .. October 1970: Sold for scrapping
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    John Cady Lough (11/22/1915 – 06/04/1942) was the son of George Walter Lough and Ruth Gertrude Cady who married 09 December 1914 in Geneseo, Henry, Ill. His siblings were Ruth Genevieve and Rose Ann Lough. John graduated from Darnall high school, Geneseo, Illl. in June 1934. John was a pre-med student at Illinois Wesleyan University. He graduated on 04 June 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Delta, a Medical Preprofessional Honor Society and the University Chorus.

    On 16 October 1940, John registered for the Young Men draft. He was employed by Clyde D. Ford in Geneseo, Ill. where he lived with his parents. About this time John submitted an application for aviation training in the Volunteer U.S. Naval Reserve Flight Training Program (V-5) at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base (NRAB), St. Louis Municipal Airport, Robertson, Mo. He was required to submit; all high school and college transcripts; a personal resume; a police background check; three personal references; a photograph of himself; take a physical exam; and sit for an interview with the Naval Reserve Flight Selection Board.

    On 02 December 1940, at the NRAB, Robertson, Mo., John enlisted for four years in the V-5 Program (NSN: 411-38-15) as a Seaman 2c. On 15 December 1940, Lough reported to NRAB, Robertson for elimination training (e-training). After completing the 30-day e-training that included at least one solo flight, he was released to inactive duty and sent home to await further orders. He received his orders from the Secretary of the Navy to report to Naval Air Station (NAS), Pensacola, Fla. for flight training under instruction as an Aviation Cadet. He was honorably discharged from enlisted status on 06 March 1941. The following day John took the oath of office and accepted an appointment as an Aviation Cadet. His date of rank was 01 March 1941.

    Aviation Cadet Lough was one of 58 assigned to Aviation Cadet Class 164-C that began its two week indoctrination phase in the second week of March (His last name was misspelled as Longh in the Pensacola News Journal, 17 March 1941, article announcing the formation of the class). After completing his primary flight training at NAS Pensacola (According to a 11 March 1941 newspaper article from Spokane, Wash. he was sent to Jacksonville, Fla. for aviation training) and carrier plane pilot training with the Advanced Training Specialized Carrier Group at NAS Miami (Opa-Locka), he was designated a naval aviator (heavier-than-air). In September 1941, he took the oath of office and accepted a commission as an Ensign, AV(N), USNR. His date of rank was 18 August 1941.   (BIOGRAPHY CONTINUED....)

    USS Lough (DE 586) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photos courtesy of Gerry Lawton from the Military Hall of Honor)
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    Missing In Action
    120k 22 January 1944: Hingham, Mass. - The future USS Lough (DE 586) just after launching at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 81349, courtesy of D. McPherson 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Lough History
    View the USS Lough (DE 586) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Lough's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 02 May 1944 - 30 Nov. 1945Lcdr. / Cmdr. Blaney Calatis Turner, USNR (Comm. CO) (Cleveland, Oh.)
    2.) 30 Nov. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Gerard Henry Dericks, USNR (Elmira, N.Y.)
    3.) .. Mar. 1945 - .. Jun. 1946Lt. Robert S. Stewart, USNR
    4.) .. Jun. 1946 - 14 Jun. 1946Lt. James Lee Rice Jr., USN (Decomm. CO)

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