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|114k||18 December 1942: Distinguished guests at the launching of HMS Essington (BDE-21) are from left to right: Capt Nelson H. Goss, USN (Ret), Mrs Hugo W. Osterhaus, Radm Hugo W.
Osterhaus, USN (Ret.), Speaker, Mrs. Nelson H. Goss, Sponsor, Radm W. L. Friedell, USN (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. W. L. Friedell (Matron of Honor), Mr. Luther E. Gibson, and Mrs. Luther E. Gibson.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-21-7944-42)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|112k||18 December 1942: Mrs. Nelson H. Goss, Sponsor is pictured in front of the bow of the HMS Essington (BDE-21) at Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-21-7939-42)
|83k||18 December 1942: Radm. Hugo W. Osterhaus, USN (Ret.) was the guest speaker at the launching of the HMS Essington (BDE-21) at Mare Island. Radm W. L. Friedell,
USN (Shipyard Commandant) is to the left of Radm Osterhaus.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-21-7940-42)
|1188k||18 December 1942: Mrs. Nelson H. Goss the Ship's Sponsor is pictured christening the HMS Essington (BDE-21) at Mare Island. From left to right:
Radm W. L. Friedell, USN (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs Goss, unidentified Navy officer, and Mrs. W. L. Friedell (Matron of Honor).|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-21-7941-42)
undated: Three late-war views of USS Harold C. Thomas (DE 21) taken at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
|421k||port bow, undated
(Photo replaced with better copy from David Wright, DD Archive Manager, 27 July 2020)
|Donald T. Livsey|
via his son Bryan
|131k||the gunnery division|
|310k||Photos of two unidentified divisions aboard Harold C. Thomas.||David Wright|
|Harold C. Thomas History|
|View the USS Harold C. Thomas (DE 21) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Harold C. Thomas as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|Harold C. Thomas' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 31 May 1943 - 07 Sep. 1943||Cmdr. Herman Reich, USNR (Comm. CO) (San Bernardino, Cal.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 16 Sep. 1943 - 23 Jan. 1944||Lcdr. Volney Hamilton Craig Jr., USNR|
|3.) 23 Jan. 1944 - 05 Jan. 1945||Lcdr. Edward Joseph Haddon, USNR (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|4.) 05 Jan. 1945 - 06 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Godfrey Cheshire Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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