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USS Holt (DE 706)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - Z - K
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/ 2 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

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
Holt (DE 706) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 November 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 15 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Robert Holt, mother of Lt(jg) William Mack Holt
  • 09 June 1944: Commissioned at New Orleans, La., Lcdr Victor Blue, USNR, commanding
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 15 November 1974: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 June 1963: Loaned to South Korea, renamed ROKS Chung Nam (DE-73), Stricken and broken up in 1984
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    Holt 112k undated wartime photo Jeff Cope
    USS Holt Web Site
    Holt 76k undated wartime photo, Holt's crew at inspection
    Holt 206k 09 January 1946: San Francisco, Cal. - USS Holt (DE 706) returns to the United States at San Francisco. Holt had served in the Pacific Theater since October 1944. Her last assignment in the Pacific had been on weather patrol in the eastern South China Sea. She departed that assignment on 18 December 1945, made a quick stop in the Marshall Islands to pick up 75 passengers, and arrived back in the U.S.A. on this date. Note her "Homeward Bound" pennant

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79816, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Holt 30k January 1946: Holt arriving in San Francisco. Leonard M. Thompson Y2c
    Holt 53k ROKS Chung Nam, circa 1967 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Holt 239k 1971: location unknown - The frigate ROKS Chung Nam (DE 73) (ex-USS Holt DE 706) underway.

    (South Korean Navy, Official)

    Holt Memorabilia
    The Story of
    USS Holt
    Courtesy of
    Jeff Cope

    Holt History
    View the USS Holt (DE 706) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Holt's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 Jun. 1944 - 19 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Victor Blue, USNR (Washington, D.C.)
    2.) 19 Sep. 1945 - 23 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Burroughs Borgan Anderson, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.) 23 Jan. 1946 - 15 Feb. 1946Lt.(jg) Samuel McDonald Badgett (Jackson Hill, N.C.)
    4.) 15 Feb. 1946 - 02 Jul. 1946Lcdr. Robert Gene Charles, USNR (Columbus, Oh.)

    Holt Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Last Known Reunion:
    August 2010 at Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Contact Name: Jerry Hightower
    E-mail: Jerry Hightower

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    Additional Resources

    USS Holt Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Holt unit page at
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Holt
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