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USS Holton (DE 703)


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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
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


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
Holton (DE 703) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 September 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 15 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Edith Holton, mother of Ensign Holton
  • 1 May 1944: Commissioned at New Orleans, Lcdr J. B. Boy, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 November 1972: Stricken from the NVR
  • 30 May 1974: Sold, scrapped
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    Holton 60k Ralph Lee Holton was born 19 September 1918, and graduated from the Naval Academy in December 1941. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his valiant rescue work aiding survivors of the stricken carrier Lexington 8 May 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. As officer-in-charge of a boat detailed to rescue survivors from the burning carrier, Ensign Holton, under a hail of flaming debris from bombs, ammunition, and gasoline exploding on Lexington, persistently returned to the stricken ship and thus effected a series of daring rescues in which he saved the lives of many members of the ship's crew who otherwise would have been lost. Less than a month later, 6 June, Ensign Holton was reported missing and presumed dead as his ship, the destroyer Hammann, was sunk during the Battle of Midway.

    USS Holton (DE 703) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Holton 28k undated wartime image Jerry Church

    View the USS Holton (DE 703) DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

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