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USS Pratt (DE 363)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - H - O
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
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Pratt (DE 363) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 April 1944: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 1 June 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Malcolm L. Pratt, the widow of Malcolm Lewis Platt, Lieutenant Commander, MC, USNR
  • 18 September 1944: Commissioned, Cmdr. Robert H. Wanless in command
  • 14 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 1 year and 8 months of service
  • 15 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 January 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Pratt 45k 01 June 1944: Orange, Tex. - USS Pratt shown being side-launched. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Pratt 87k undated wartime image -
    Pratt 123k undated wartime image -

    Pratt History
    View the USS Pratt (DE 363) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Pratt as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Pratt's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 Sep. 1944 - .. Sep. 1945Cdr. Robert Hume Wanless, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) .. Sep. 1945 .. Jan. 1946Lcdr. H. E. Ellis, USNR
    3.) .. Jan. 1946 .. .... 1946Lt. Arthur C. Beck, USNR
    4.) .. .... 1946 14 May 1946Lt.(jg) G. R. Walsh, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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