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|36k||Douglas Legate Howard born 11 February 1885 in Annapolis, Md. He was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1906. He was commanding officer of Drayton
(DD 23), Rowan (DD 64), and Bell (DD 95) during World War I and was awarded the Navy Cross for his distinguished service on patrol and convoy escort duty
in waters infested with submarines and mines. Captain Howard retired in 1933 and died at Annapolis 14 December 1936.
USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo Courtesy of USNA Alumni Association thanks to Anne Sharpe)
|61k||undated wartime image|
|57k||undated wartime image||Cathy Coates,|
Thomas Leroy Burgess, S2c
|71k||01 September 1944: New York, N.Y. - Two views of USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) in the East River wearing camouflage scheme MS32/3D (modified). She
had departed the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 0757 and had just passed uder the Brooklyn Bridge. At 0953 she anchored in Sandy Hook Bay and loaded 143 Mk VIII depth charges and 3 Mk XVII torpedo
warheads, plus assorted 3", 40mm, and 20mm ammunition that had been unloaded before her yard period. At 1643 she completed her ammunition onload and proceeded to anchor off Old Orchard Light
to calibrate her HF/DF equipment. With her calibration completed at 1858, she left New York Harbor for Casco Bay, Maine in company with J.R.Y. Blakely (DE 140) and Hill
(DE 141)in column astern. Howard didn't make it to Casco Bay. Either a large fish, or a submerged object, hit Howard's hull sonar gear (making it impossible to
retract) and she was diverted to the Boston Navy Yard for repairs.
(United States National Archives, Bureau of Shipping, Catalog No. BS 71831 and BS 71830, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, at USN Dazzle).
Port Angeles, Wash.
|354k||22 March 1945: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two port and one starboard side views of Douglas L. Howard taken by the New York Navy Yard. Howard left
the East Coast on 30 June 1945 and reported for duty in the Pacific Theater at Pearl Harbor on 08 August.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80875 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80878 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-138 19-N-80874 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
|87k||circa 1945: location unknown - USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) Underway circa 1945, after being refitted with additional 40mm guns in place of her torpedo tubes.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH79830 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|Douglas L. Howard History|
|View the USS Douglas L. Howard (DE 138) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Douglas L. Howard as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Douglas L. Howard's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 29 Jul. 1943 - 26 Nov. 1943||Lcdr. Gordon Denslow Kissam, USNR (Comm. CO) (New York, N.Y.)|
|2.) 26 Nov. 1943 - 29 Aug. 1944||Lcdr. William Farmer Stokey, USNR (Cincinatti, Oh.)|
|3.) 29 Aug. 1944 - 05 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. John Thomas Pratt Jr., USNR|
|4.) 05 Aug. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945||Lt. Maurice B. Baker, USNR (Columbus, Oh.)|
|5.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946||Lt. Alwynn J. Cronvich, USNR (Decomm. CO (New Orlaens, La.)|
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