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USS Merrill (DE 392)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - H - N
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 - 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
Merrill (DE 392) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 July 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 29 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Dorothy E. Merrill, sister of Ens. H. D. Merrill
  • 27 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Irvin J. Stephens, USCG, in command
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. afer 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 02 April 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 September 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Merrill 67k Ens. Howard Deel Merrill, born 16 December 1917 at Provo, Utah, was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy 25 June 1936. Commissioned ensign 06 June 1940, he reported for duty in USS Arizona on 02 July. He was declared dead as of 07 December 1941, as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    USS Merrill (DE 392) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Richard L. Lemoine
    Merrill 43k The ship's sponsor Miss Dorothy E. Merrill, Ens. Merrill's sister, and other family members at the ship's christening.
    Merrill 44k Lcdr. Irvin J. Stephens USCG, Merrill's first Commanding Officer.
    Merrill 43k Merrill was crewed entirely by Coast Guardsmen. Richard's uncle, Lt. Cmdr. Sidney K. Broussard, USCG, survived the sinking of Hamilton, and was a plank owner, the 1st Executive Officer, and Merrill's 2nd Commanding Officer.
    Merrill 43k Merrill's emblem
    Merrill 44k pen and ink drawing of Merrill
    Merrill 71k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Merrill 44k undated wartime image Richard L. Lemoine
    Merrill 89k crewmembers standing on the fantail
    Merrill 56k above, crewmembers having a beer, 1944
    below, having a beer 40 years later, 1984
    Daniel / Merrill 195k September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS Daniel (DE 335) and USS Merrill mothballed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet during the Cold War era. John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.


    Auction Offering
    Booklet 02 March 1973
    Courtesy of
    Tim Rizzuto and
    Ed Zajkowski

    Merrill History
    View the USS Merrill (DE 392) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Merrill's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    01.) 27 Nov. 1943 - 24 Feb. 1945Lcdr. Irvin Junior Stephens, USCG ('32) (ret. as Radm., USCG)
    02.) 24 Feb. 1945 - 07 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Sidney K. Broussard, USCG
    03.) 07 Jul. 1945 - P. G. Prins, USCG

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Merrill
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