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USS Earl V. Johnson (DE 702)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - Q - M
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
Second Row: WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

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
Earl V. Johnson (DE 702) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 24 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Selma E. Johnson, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Johnson
  • 18 March 1944: Commissioned by Commander Neville Levy, USN (ret.) at the Todd Johnson Shipyard, Algiers, La., Lcdr. J. J. Jordy, USNR in command
  • 18 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 01 May 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 08 September 1968: Sold for scrapping
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    USS Earl V. Johnson 23k undated James Miller
    USS Earl V. Johnson 46k Off the San Diego coast at war's end, signal flags spell "HOME"

    Earl V. Johnson Memorabilia
    Postal Cover
    Earl V. Johnson
    Courtesy of
    Paul Petosky

    Earl V. Johnson History
    View the USS Earl V. Johnson (DE 702) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Earl V. Johnson as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Earl V. Johnson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 Mar. 1944 - 04 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Jules James Jordy, USNR (USNA '35) (New Orleans, La.)
    2.) 06 Sep. 1945 - 17 Dec. 1945Lcdr. James Harrison McGlothlin
    3.) 17 Dec. 1945 - 16 Feb. 1946Lt. William Edward Balch, USNR
    4.) 16 Feb. 1946 - 18 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) William M. Lehmann, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Jon Saunders' USS Earl V. Johnson Site
    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 Earl V. Johnson
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