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USS Harmon (DE 678)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - M - I
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Harmon (DE 678) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 May 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 25 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Naunita Harmon Carroll, mother of Mess Attendant Harmon
  • 31 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Kendall E. Read in command
  • 25 March 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.6 years of service
  • 01 August 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1967: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington, Del.
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    Harmon 31k Leonard Roy Harmon, Mess Attendant First Class, USN. A US Navy poster featuring Mess Attendant Harmon and USS Harmon (DE 678), which was named in his honor. He was killed in action on board USS San Francisco (CA 38) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942. For his heroism in that action, Mess Attendant Harmon was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. The poster also features the text of his award citation and a representation of the Navy Cross medal.

    USS Harmon (DE 678) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
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    Harmon 491k An Office of War Information poster entitled "Democracy In Action No.IV" from 1943 by the artist Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977 - NARA record: 3569253) depicting USS Harmon and its namesake Leonard Roy Harmon. Created by Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. This is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Admininstration, College Park. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Catalogued under ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 535634. Robert Hurst
    Harmon 86k 25 July 1943: Quincy, Mass. - Ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Naunita Harmon Carroll, and her party at the Fore River Shipyard during launching ceremonies. Those present include (from left to right): Miss Harmon, sister of Mess Attendant First Class Leonard Roy Harmon, for whom the ship was named; Mr. W.D. Carroll, the Sponsor's husband; Mrs. Naunita Harmon Carroll, Mess Attendant Harmon's mother; Mrs. Paul Edwards, sister of the Sponsor. (U.S. Navy photo #NH 93490 from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Bill Gonyo
    Harmon 30k 25 July 1943: Quincy, Mass. - Harmon (DE 678) sliding down the building way into the water for the first time. Nick Tiberio
    ***Frament / Harmon*** 224k 1943: Quincy, Mass. - USS Frament (DE 677) and USS Harmon sit side by side at the Fore River Shipyard shortly after commissioning. Debbie Raley
    Harmon 146k undated wartime image -
    Harmon 100k Taken about August 1943, when the ship was first completed. This view was retouched by the censor to remove radar antennas, adding the pennant at the masthead in their place. It was then released for publication in March 1944. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives #80-G-45162) Fred Weiss
    Harmon 228k 31 March 1944: Langamak Harbor, New Guinea (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives #80-G-230056)
    Harmon 112k May 1944: Hawthorne Sound, New Georgia - USS Harmon (DE 678) alongside USS Dixie (AD 14). Another escort destroyer is inboard of Harmon (U.S. Navy Photo No.80-G-238416). Robert Hurst
    Harmon 53k 13 November 1945: off the Mare Island Navy Yard, Cal. - Harmon DE 678 of the 'Buckley' type, but with 5" guns in place of 3", and 8 Bofors aft in three mounts. [U.S. National Archives photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Harmon 88k 13 November 1945: off the Mare Island Navy Yard, Cal. - Harmon off the Mare Island Navy Yard after she was refitted with 5"/38 guns. [U.S. Navy photo #19-N-91491 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives] Robert Hurst
    Harmon 53k 13 November 1945: off the Mare Island Navy Yard, Cal. - Harmon off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California. This stern-on view shows her hull number and name painted in white on the transom. [U.S. Navy photo #19-N-91494 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives]
    Harmon 147k 15 November 1945: Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of Harmon (DE 678) inboard of USS Darby (DE 218) and just visible is USS Coolbaugh (DE 217) outboard of Darby. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-678-7180-45) Darryl Baker
    Harmon 192k 15 November 1945: Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of Harmon outboard of USS Coolbough (DE 217). (U.S. Navy photo #DE-678-6944-45)
    Harmon 170k 15 November 1945: Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Harmon outboard of Coolbough at Mare Island. Harmon was in overhaul at the yard from 4 September to 27 November 1945. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-678-6942-45)
    Harmon 205k 15 November 1945: Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of (from bottom to top) Harmon, USS Darby (DE 218), USS J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219) and USS Coolbaugh (DE 217). (U.S. Navy photo #DE-678-7181-45)

    View the USS Harmon (DE 678) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Harmon
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