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|77k||Born 03 August 1913 at Nahant, Mass., William Bacon Lovering graduated from Harvard and on 02 August 1940 enlisted in the Naval Reserve. Appointed a midshipman
22 November, he attended Abbott Hall Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School at Northwestern University in Chicago. He was commissioned an ensign 28 February 1941 and assigned to the destroyer
USS Hammann (DD 412). Ensign Lovering died during the Battle of Midway when Hammann was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-168 and sunk 06 June 1942
while aiding in the salvage of Yorktown (CV 5). Four torpedoes were loosed towards Yorktown. Two missed; one passed under Hammann striking Yorktown,
and the fourth hit the destroyer amidships, breaking the destroyer’s back. As the debris from the explosion rained down and the ships lurched apart, it was apparent that Hammann was
doomed after breaking in two. Life rafts were lowered and rescue efforts began by ships in company. The ship sank in just 4 minutes, and following the sinking a violent underwater explosion caused
many deaths in the water, bringing the toll in dead to over 80. Ensign William B. Lovering was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. His other awards include the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and
World War II Victory Medal.
USS Lovering (DE 39) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor. Althought DE 272 was to be named Lovering, her name was changed prior to her transfer to the Royal Navy.
(Photo from the archives at Harvard University.
|131k||25 November 1943 - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.||John Klar
|50k||date unknown: Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands - USS Dobbin (AD 3) with (l to r) USS
Lovering (DE 39), USS Welles (DD 628), USS
Mustin (DD 413) and USS Fletcher (DD 445) moored alongside.
(Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II", by Theodore Roscoe)
|View the USS Lovering (DE 39) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|View the official War History of USS Lovering as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Lovering's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 09 Jul. 1943 - 21 Sep. 1943||Lcdr. Augustus Hoke Donaldson, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 21 Sep. 1943 - 29 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. Henry Rawle, USNR|
|3.) 29 Dec. 1943 - 02 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. Augustus Hoke Donaldson, USNR|
|4.) 02 Aug. 1944 - 08 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Emery Paul Bayley, USNR|
|5.) 08 Oct. 1945 - 16 Oct. 1945||Lt. Malcolm Anderson Rea, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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