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Earle (DD-635)
ex-DMS-42
ex-DD-635



Call sign:
November - Uniform - Kilo - Oscar

Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 June 1941 at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.
  • Launched 10 December 1941
  • Commissioned USS Earle (DD-635), 1 September 1942
  • Reclassified and converted to a High Speed Minesweeper, DMS-42, 23 June 1945
  • Decommissioned 17 May 1947 at San Francisco, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Stockton, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Reclassified as a Destroyer Minesweeper 7 February 1955
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-635, 15 July 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1970
  • Sold for scrap in October 1971.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,200 t.(fl)
  • Length 347' 10"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 15' 8"
  • Speed 37 kts.
  • Complement 261
  • Armament: Four 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, six dcp, two dct
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp General Electric geared turbines, De Laval double reduction gears, two shafts.
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    USS Earle (DD 635)
    Butler 131 Murphy (DD 603), Gherardi (DD 637), Butler (DD 636), Herndon (DD 638) and Earle
    From the collection of Clifton Leon Prewitt, Fire Controlman Third Class
    Bobby Kleinaman
    (C. L. Prewitt's grandson)
    Earle 69k 10 October 1943
    Off New York Navy Yard
    National Archives photo BS 54580
    Joe Radigan
    USS Earle (DMS 42)
    Earle 148k . John Robert Barrett
    Earle 140k c. 1946 David Buell

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource DD Pages, USS Earle (DD-635)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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