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USS John M. Howard (IX-75)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Tango - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built at Camden, N.J. in 1934 as Elsie Fenimore for E.R. Fenimore Johnson
  • Purchased by the Maritime Commission, 3 July 1942, from her owner
  • Acquired by US Navy the same day
  • Placed in service at Philadelphia, 29 July 1942
  • Renamed John M. Howard, 17 August 1942
  • Commissioned, USS John M. Howard (IX-75), 1 September 1942, at Washington, D.C.
  • Decommissioned, 9 May 1945, at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
  • Placed in service until 16 November 1945
  • Placed out of service, 24 January 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Registered in 1946 at Gladwyne, PA. homeport, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Registered in 1959 by Philadelphia Council of Boy Scouts of America as yacht John M. Howard
  • Registered in 1960 by Geraldines, Ltd. Annapolis, MD. as yacht Earl of Desmond
  • Registered in 1963 by Bell Aerospace Corp., Annapolis, MD. as vessel Earl of Desmond
  • Registered in 1964 by Oceanographic Development Corp., Georgetown, MA. as vessel Northern Light homeport, Salem, MA.
  • Registered in 1971 by Ridley Watts, Jr. Cleveland Heights, OH. as yacht Northern Light> homeport, Cleveland, OH.
  • Registered in 1980 by Paul Lohmann, Gates Mills, OH as research vessel Northern Light homeport, Cleveland, OH.
  • Registered in 2000 by Capt. Robert C. Chipman’s Caroline Rose Navigation Co., Inc. as research vessel Caroline Rose
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 94 t.
    Length 87'
    Beam 20'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion system unknown

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