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USS Clarence L. Evans (DE 113)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - A - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Clarence L. Evans (DE 113) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 December 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Wilmington, Del.
  • 22 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. E. E. Evans
  • 25 June 1944: Commissioned at Pier "A", Reserve Basin, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Lcdr. W. C. Hughes, USNR, in command; reported to the Atlantic Fleet
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day by holding "Open House" for civilian visitors at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • 29 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and months 11 of service
  • 29 March 1952: Loaned to France, renamed Berbere (struck in 1960, scrapped)
  • 18 April 1952: Struck from the NVR
  • 1965: Scrapped at Savone, Italy
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    Clarence L. Evans 404k 07 July 1944: Philadelphia, Pa. - Three views of Clarence L. Evans taken near the Philadelphia Navy Yard shortly after commissioning.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-113-19-N-69250)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-113-19-N-69251)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-113-19-N-69253)

    All are from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Clarence L. Evans 517k
    Clarence L. Evans 567k
    Clarence L. Evans 168k 07 July 1944: Philadelphia, Pa. - The USS Clarence L. Evans (DE 113) at Philadelphia from the starboard bow. Evans was still fitting out and had not yet loaded depth charges or hedgehogs. On Monday, 10 July she would depart the Navy Yard for structural test firing of her guns and ASW weapons in the vicinity of Harbor of Refuge, Delaware.

    (United States National Archives, Bureau of Shipping, Catalog No. BS 69254, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, at USN Dazzle).
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Clarence L. Evans 129k September 1944: Saw Clarence L. Evans operating in the Norfolk - Chesapeake Bay area conducting local operations and test firing experimental 3" gun rounds. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Clarence L. Evans 34k October 1945: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Clarence L. Evans was in Drydock #3 at the New York Navy Yard from 17 to 24 October in preparation for decommissioning overhaul. She departed the Navy Yard on Monday, 04 November bound for Green Cove Springs. Fla. Jeff Evans

    Clarence L. Evans History
    View the USS Clarence L. Evans (DE 113) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Clarence L. Evans as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Clarence L. Evans' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jun. 1944 - 02 Apr. 1945Lcdr. William Christopher Hughes, USNR (Comm. CO) (OCS 40) (Birmingham, Ala.)
    2.) 01 May 1945 - 01 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Coleman Hurdleston Smith, USNR (Austin, Tex.)
    3.) 01 Dec. 1945 - 01 Mar. 1946Lt. Stephen G. Burgess Jr., USNR
    4.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jul. 1946Lcdr. Claude Smith Farmer Jr., USNR (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Last Known Reunion
    March 2004, Charleston, S.C.
    Contact Name: John D. Elliott
    Address: 120 N. Tuxedo Drive
    City/State: IN 46615-2530
    Phone: (574) 233-4379
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