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USS Edsall (DE 129)

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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 w/1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Edsall (DE 129) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 July 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 01 November 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Bessie Edsall Bracey, sister of Seaman Edsall
  • 10 April 1943: Commissioned at the Orange City dock, Lcdr. E. C. Woodward in command
  • 11 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • July 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Edsall 225k April 1943: Weighing anchor, aboard USS Edsall (DE 129) at Bermuda. Edsall departed the Naval Station, Algiers, La. on 05 May 1943. After a quick fueling stop at Miami, Fla. she arrived in Bermuda on 11 May. She conducted crew shakedown exercises until 06 June and headed for Boston Navy Yard. Commissioned on 10 April 1943, Edsall was a school ship at Norfolk, 20 June to 06 August 1943, training precommissioning crews of escort vessels, then at Miami with the Submarine Chaser Training Center thru March 1944.

    (Photographer Dmitri Kessel from the LIFE Magazine Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Edsall 35k May 1943 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Edsall 123k Overhead shot of Edsall underway. Photo taken after the summer 1945 refit, carried out in preparation for transfer to Pacific theater. -
    Edsall 170k Undated Wartime Image

    (U.S. Navy Photo #BuShips44994 from the United States National Archives)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Edsall 312k undated: A starboard quarter view of Edsall taken at an unknown location.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-129-19-N-44996 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Edsall 92k 04 August 1944: USS Edsall (DE 129) class leader starboard aerial view underway off the East Coast by an aircraft from Squadron ZP-12. Edsall carries Measure 32/3D camouflage scheme. She was enroute to the New York Navy Yard for a yard availability fron 05 - 14 August.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-453333 courtesy of C. Lee Johnson ( from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Edsall History
    View the USS Edsall (DE 129) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Edsall's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Apr. 1943 - 09 Jul. 1943Lcdr. Edwin Charles Woodward, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 32) (Mendon, Vt.)
    2.) 09 Jul. 1943 - 30 Oct. 1943Lt. Sheldon Hoard Kinney, USN (USNA '41) (Pasadena, Cal.) (Ret. as Radm.)
    3.) 30 Oct. 1943 - 14 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Vernon Aaron Isaacs, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    4.) 14 Jan. 1944 - 23 Apr. 1945Lcdr. Malcolm R. MacLean, USNR (Easthampton, L.I., N.Y.)
    5.) 23 Apr. 1945 - 02 Jan. 1946Lcdr. William W. Yeomans, USNR
    6.) 01 Feb. 1946 - 11 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Frank E. Newman, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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