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USS Harveson (DE 316)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - D - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service 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
Harveson (DE 316) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 March 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel, Orange, Tex.
  • 22 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. T. L. Herlong, mother of Lt. Harveson
  • 12 October 1943: Commissioned at Orange, Tex., Lcdr. P. L. Stinson, USCG, in command
  • 09 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla., and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet after 3 years and 7 months of service
  • 13 September 1950: Reclassified DER 316 and converted at the Mare Island Navy Yard
  • 12 February 1951: Recommissioned at Vallejo, Calif., Lcdr. W. S. Slocum III in command
  • 30 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Naval Supply Center Annex, Stockton, Cal. after 9 years and 4½ months of service, custody transferred to Commander, Stockton Group, U. S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR with a total of 12 years and 11 months of service
  • 10 October 1967: Sunk as target off the California coast
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    58k Herold Aloysius Harveson was born on 07 August 1913 at Lake Charles, La. to Avery B. and Rose (Meche) Harveson. His father died in 1917 and his mother later married Theophilus L Herlong. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 03 June 1937. After serving in USS Louisville (CL 28) and on the staff of the Pacific Fleet Scouting Force, Lt.(jg) Harveson was assigned to USS Utah (AG 16) on 19 August 1941 as First Division Officer. Operating out of Pearl Harbor, the aged ex-battleship, converted to a target ship, served the fleet as the major antiaircraft training ship, as well as a key to developing carrier air-to-ship attack tactics. During the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, the Japanese launched two aerial torpedoes at Utah. Both torpedoes struck the port side of Utah. She had overturned and sunk by 0812. Like so many of her crew, Lt. Harveson gave his life in the opening moments of the war and was awarded the Navy Cross; Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; and World War II Victory Medal posthumously. By an Act of Congress Harveson was promoted one grade following his demise.

    USS Harveson (DE 316) (1943-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Left: Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1937.)     (Right: U.S. Navy Photo Courtesy of the USS Utah Association thanks to William Hughes)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    267k 10 July 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Three port side views of Harveson taken in Lower New York Harbor. From 27 June till 06 July Harveson was at the New York Navy Yard Annex in Bayonne, N.J. for crew rest, repairs, and alterations. After conducting overnight exercises in Block Island Sound, she returned to the 35th Street Pier in Brooklyn (the present day South Brooklyn Marine Terminal) on the 8th to load stores. On 10 July she departed New York as a unit of Escort Division 22 to escort Convoy CU 31 to Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 91561 from the Naval History and Heritage Command; courtesy of  Mike Smolinski)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-316 19-N-72449 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-316 19-N-72450 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    106k 19 June 1950: San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of USS Harveson (DE 316) at Mare Island on the day she started conversion to DER. She completed her conversion on 01 March 1951.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 6409-6-50)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    159k 19 June 1950: San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Harveson at Mare Island on the day she started conversion to DER. She completed her conversion on 01 March 1951.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 6412-6-50)
    109k 12 February 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Senior officers at the commissioning ceremonies of USS Harveson (DER 316) at Mare Island. Mare Island's commander Capt. B. E. Manseau, is the second officer from the left in the back row.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8175-2-51)
    441k 08 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Port quarter view of Harveson at Mare Island.

    (Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo #NY9-8505-3-51)
    155k 09 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Harveson at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8512-3-51)
    159k 09 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of Harveson at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8509-3-51)
    102k 09 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Broadside view of Harveson off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8504-3-51)
    78k 09 March 1951: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Harveson off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-316 8509-3-51)
    49k May 1957: A U.S. Navy Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star (became the EC-121K after 1962) flying over the radar picket escort destroyer USS Harveson (DER 316) in 1957. Both were the key elements of the "Pacific Barrier Forces" in the late 1950s.

    (Photo from U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News May 1957 issue
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    89k 1959: Pearl Harbor, Hi. Harveson leaving port. Archie M. Mustard
    Lt.(jg), USNR (ret.)
    258k 1950's: from the photo album of Admiral John DeLargy, Harveson's eighth CO Rick Palmer

    Harveson History
    View the USS Harveson (DE 316) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Harveson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  12 Oct. 1943 02 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Peery Lamar Stinson, USCG (Comm. CO) (USNA '27) (Dermott, Ark.)
    2.)  02 Feb. 1944 20 May 1945Cmdr. George William Nelson, USCG (USCGA 29)
    3.)  20 May 1945 - .. Aug. 1945Lcdr. James A. Norton, USCG
    4.)  .. Aug. 1945 - .. Oct. 1945Lt. John Fawdrey Thompson Jr., USCG (USCGA 42) (Tilton, N.H.) (ret. as Radm.)
    5.)  ~1946 09 May 1947Lcdr. Everett Allen (Dusty) Rhoades, USN (Wyeth, Mo.)
    6.)  12 Feb. 1951 - .. .... 1952Lcdr. Winfield Scott Slocum III, USN (USNA 43) (Painesville, Oh.)
    7.)  .. .... 1952 - .. Dec. 1953Lcdr. George Austin Gardes, USN (USNA 42) (Detroit, Mich.)
    8.)  .. Dec. 1953 - .. July 1955Lcdr. John Martin DeLargy, USN (USNA 44) (Cleveland, Oh.) (ret. as Radm.)
    9.)  .. Jul. 1955 - 01 Jul. 1957Lcdr. Robert Bruce Kitt, USN (USNA 44) (Tulsa, Okla.)
    10.) 01 Jul. 1957 01 Jan. 1959Lcdr. Edmond Louis Kelley, USN (USNA 44) (Syracuse, N.Y.)
    11.) 01 Jan. 1959 30 Jun. 1960Lcdr. Thomas Franklin Booker, USN (USNA 46) (Mexia, Tex.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Jack E. Averill
    Address: 5029 Shelley Ct.
    City/State: Orlando, FL 32807
    Phone: (407) 273-6743
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