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Harding (DMS-28)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Zebra - Charlie

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 July 1941 at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 28 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Harding (DD-625), 25 May 1943
  • Reclassified and converted to Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-28, 15 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 2 November 1945 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 16 November 1945
  • Sold for scrap 16 April 1947 to Luia Brothers Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, PA.


  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,575 t.(fl)
  • Length 348' 3"
  • Beam 31' 4"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37.4 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Three 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts and two quad 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp Westinghouse geared turbines, Westinghouse double reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Harding (DD 625)
    Harding 56k 5 October 1943
    Off the New York Navy Yard
    National Archives photo BS 53735
    Joe Radigan
    Harding (DMS 28)
    Harding 67k 17 December 1944 -
    Harding 52k When an Aichi D3A Val bomber tore a gash in the side of the Harding on 16 April 1945, this partial cylinder head from the kamikaze's engine landed on the minesweeper's bridge.
    U.S. Navy photo by J. M. Caiella, Navy Museum Washington (DC) Navy Yard
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR George Goldston Palmer, USN23 May 1943 - 6 September 1944
    02CDR Donald Brewster Ramage, USN6 September 1944 - 2 November 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Harding (DMS-28)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Harding (DD-625)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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