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Thomas E. Fraser (MMD 24)
ex-DM-24
ex-DD-736



Call sign:
November - Hotel - Hotel - Sierra

Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer/Robert H. Smith Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 31 January 1944 as DD-736 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Launched 10 June 1944
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-24, 19 July 1944
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24), 4 August 1944
  • Decommissioned 12 September 1955 at Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified as a Fast Minelayer, MMD-24, 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1970
  • Sold for scrap 12 June 1974 by the Defense Supply Agency, Defense Property Disposal Service, to Northern Metals of Philadelphia, PA.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,380 t.(lt), 3370 t.(fl)
  • Length 376' 6"
  • Beam 40' 10"
  • Draft 18' 10"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 363
  • Armament: Three twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, six twin 40mm gun mounts, eleven 20mm guns, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks, and four depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 60,000shp General Electric geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Thomas Edward Fraser
    Thomas E. Fraser 116k Thomas Edward Fraseróborn on 6 February 1901 in Stafford Springs, Conn.ówas appointed to the United States Naval Academy on 3 September 1920. After graduating on 4 June 1924, he served in Wyoming (BB-32) for nearly a year and studied torpedo warfare at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I., before reporting for duty on board Warden (DD-288) on 17 January 1926. He served in that destroyer until 1 May 1930. Following assignments in Ellis (DD-154) and at the New York Navy Yard, Fraser reported on 1 March 1934 for duties in connection with the fitting out of Tuscaloosa (CA-37). Assignments to the Philadelphia and Portsmouth Navy Yards followed in the late 1930's.

    During 1940 and 1941, he briefly commanded, in turn, destroyers Yarnall (DD-143), Claxton (DD-140), and Broome (DD-210). On 10 November 1941, he became commanding officer of Walke (DD-416); and, on 20 August 1942, he was appointed to the temporary rank of commander.

    On the night of 14 and 15 November 1942, Walke was a part of Rear Admiral Willis Augustus Lee's Task Force 64, when it encountered a large Japanese force off Savo Island attempting to bring reinforcements to Guadalcanal. Acting as the senior commander of the four destroyers of the task force, CDR Fraser boldly led them into action against the numerically superior Japanese force. The torpedoes and heavy gunfire of the Japanese vessels took a devastating toll of the American destroyers; and, shortly after midnight, CDR Fraser gave the order to abandon Walke. He was lost in the ensuing action and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valor and devotion to duty

    Bill Gonyo
    USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24)
    Thomas E Fraser 48k - -
    Thomas E Fraser 111k - USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24)
    Association
    Thomas E Fraser 47k -
    Thomas E Fraser 36k
    Thomas E Fraser 44k
    Thomas E Fraser 35k Shannon (DM-25), Bauer (DM-26), Fraser and Shea (DM-30)
    Thomas E. Fraser 171k Steve Drawdy
    Thomas E Fraser 299k c. 1944.
    U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Thomas E Fraser 54k 26 September 1944
    National Archives photo from the Bureu of Ships Collection
    Joe Radigan
    Thomas E Fraser 48k c. August 1945
    Highline between Fraser and Grimes (APA-172)
    USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM 24)
    Association
    ex-Thomas E. Fraser (MMD 24)
    Thomas E. Fraser 568k c. May 1974
    Portsmouth, NH
    Ron Reeves

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Ronald Joseph Woodman, USN - USNA Class of 193122 August 1944 - 26 July 1945
    02CDR Nevett Brooke Atkins, USN - USNA Class of 193626 July 1945 - July 1946
    03CDR Burdick Heinkel Brittin, USNDecember 1952 - February 1954
    04CDR Lewis Edwin Davis, Jr., USN - Retired as Captain.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Thomas E. Fraser (MMD-24)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Thomas E. Fraser (DD-736)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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