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|39k||Harry James Lowe (Loe) Jr. was born in Paducah, Ky. on 06 January 1922. He entered naval service as a seaman apprentice on 28 August 1940. He served in USS San Francisco (CA 38)
from 06 December 1940 to 12 November 1942, when he was killed in action off the Solomon Islands. In the face of an onrushing Japanese torpedo plane, he refused to abandon his gun. Although the
torpedo failed to do damage, the plane crashed into the after section of the ship, killing Lowe's gun crew and a number of others including Seaman George Falgout (DE 324's namesake). For his
extraordinary heroism, Gunners Mate Third Class Lowe was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate Third Class Harry James Lowe Jr. (2874405), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving as a Gunner aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on 12 and 13 November 1942. With a complete disregard for his own personal safety, Gunner's Mate Third Class Lowe courageously refused to abandon his gun station and fearlessly remained at his gun. In the face of certain death from an onrushing enemy torpedo plane that had been set on fire, he maintained his accurate gunfire until the plane crashed on his station. He was killed in action. His unflinching bravery and gallant conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
USS Lowe (DE 325) (1943-1968) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the USS Lowe Facebook Page)
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|73k||undated, wartime image||Joseph N. Ouellette|
|289k||09 April 1945: USS Lowe (DE 325) underway. She carries Camouflage scheme MS 32/3d.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79831 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|107k||undated, as DER 325||Ron Tone|
|153k||Date / Location Unknown: as DER 325 (Both photos ©Mike Proffitt)||Mike Proffit|
|206k||USS Lowe (DER 325) underway at sea, circa 1960.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79806 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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DE / FF / LCS Archive
|211k||undated - USS Lowe (DE 325) underway and posing for a ship's portrait off San Diego.||Nick Tiberio|
|View the USS Lowe (DE 325) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Lowe as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Lowe's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|U.S. Navy as DE-325 (Coast Guard Manned)|
|1.) 22 Nov. 1943 - 22 May 1944||Cmdr. Reginald Hicks French, USCG (Comm. CO) (USCGA '27) (Ardsley, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)|
|2.) 22 May 1944 - 14 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. James Albert Alger Jr., USCG (Brookline, Mass.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)|
|3.) 14 Oct. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Herbert Feldman, USCG (New York City, N.Y.)|
|4.) .. Dec. 1944 - .. Jan. 1946||Lcdr. David B. Enbody, USCGR|
|5.) .. Jan. 1946 - 01 May 1946||Lcdr. George Russell Lee, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '35) (Maysville, Ky.)|
|U.S. Coast Guard as WDE-425|
|6.) .. Jul. 1951 - .. Sep. 1952||Cmdr. William Bromfield Ellis, USCG (USCGA '32) (Albany, Ga.) (ret. as Radm., USCG)|
|U.S. Navy as DER-325|
|7.) 15 Jan. 1955 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. John Renault Bohlken (Recomm. CO) (Burlington, Ia.)|
|8.) .. Sep. 1959 - .. Nov. 1961||Lcdr. Robert Dale Wood|
|9.) .. Nov. 1961 - .. .... 1963||Lcdr. Stanley Sidney Fine (USNA '49) (Bronx, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|10.) .. .... 1963 – 15 Sep. 1965||Lcdr. Richard John (Dick) Edris* (Pottsville, Pa.)|
|11.) 15 Sep. 1965 - 05 Jul. 1967||Lcdr. William Joseph Moredock (Pittsburgh, Pa.)|
|12.) 05 Jul. 1967 – 20 Sep. 1968||Lcdr. Stephen Walter Reszetar (Decomm. CO) (USNA '55) (Allentown, Pa.)|
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