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US Navy Destroyer Escorts of World War II

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The Destroyer Escort was the smallest ocean-­going escort built for the United States Navy – a downsized destroyer with less speed, fewer guns, and fewer torpedoes than its big brother, the fleet destroyer. Destroyer escorts first went into production because the Royal Navy needed an escort warship which was larger than a corvette, but which could be built faster than a destroyer. Lacking the shipyards to build these types of ships in Britain, they ordered them in the US. Once the US unexpectedly entered World War II, its navy suddenly also needed more escort warships, even warships less capable than destroyers, and the destroyer escort was reluctantly picked to fill the gap. Despite the Navy's initial reservations, these ships did yeoman service during World War II, fighting in both the Atlantic and Pacific, taking on both U-boat and Japanese submarines and serving as the early warning pickets against kamikazes later in the war. They also participated in such dramatic actions as the Battle of Samar (where a group of destroyers and destroyer escorts fought Japanese battleships and cruisers to protect the escort carriers they were shielding) and the capture of the U-505 (the only major naval vessel captured at sea by the US Navy). The destroyer escorts soldiered on after World War II in both the United States Navy and a large number of navies throughout the world, with several serving into the twenty-first century. This book tells the full story of these plucky ships, from their design and development to their service around the world, complete with stunning illustrations and contemporary photographs.

Shepherds of the Sea

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This compelling tale of courage, heroism, and terror is told in the words of ninety-one sailors and officers interviewed by the author about their World War II service aboard fifty-six destroyer escorts. They reveal many never-before-told details of life at sea during wartime and, along with information found in secretly kept war diaries and previously unpublished personal photographs, add important dimensions to the official record. Unseasoned teenage recruits when they first went to sea, these sailors were led by inexperienced college boys more accustomed to yachts than warships. Their ships were untested vessels, designed by a man with no formal training in ship design, and which many viewed as a waste of money. Yet, as Cross points out, these men are credited with helping turn the tide of the war in the Atlantic as they singlehandedly sank some seventy U-boats and captured U-505, the only German submarine taken during the war and the first enemy vessel captured by Americans at sea since the War of 1812. In the Pacific, the destroyer escorts fought in every major battle, side-by-side with Allied battleships and destroyers. But this story is not just about battles. It is also about American genius, hard work, honor and growing up in the Great Depression. The author provides eyewitness details about the historic first step taken to end racial discrimination in the military as African-Americans stepped aboard the destroyer escort USS Mason as full-fledged sailors for the first time and earned a Navy commendation of heroism in the Battle of the Atlantic presented to the surviving crewmen fifty-one years later. Readers also learn about an ingenious invention when a sailor breaks his silence about a secret weapon tested aboard his destroyer escort that rendered a new German radio-controlled glide bomb useless.

USS Edward H Allen DE 531

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Edward H. Allen (DE-531) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket. Edward H. Allen (DE-531) was named in honor of Lieutenant Edward Henry Allen who was awarded a Navy Cross for his brave actions during the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was launched 7 October 1943 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. David H. Clark; and commissioned 16 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander M. M. Sanford in command.

USS Coffman DE 191

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Cannon Class Destroyer Escorts of the United States Navy Uss Bangust Uss Wesson Uss Tills Uss Waterman Uss Baker Uss Burrows

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 58. Chapters: USS Bangust, USS Wesson, USS Tills, USS Waterman, USS Baker, USS Burrows, USS Bronstein, USS Booth, USS Trumpeter, USS Bostwick, USS Wingfield, USS Straub, USS Swearer, USS Breeman, USS Atherton, USS Gustafson, USS Amick, USS Neal A. Scott, USS Rinehart, USS Slater, USS Riddle, USS Stern, USS Osterhaus, USS Roberts, USS Bright, USS McClelland, USS Weaver, USS Hemminger, USS Gandy, USS McConnell, USS Roche, USS Muir, USS Kyne, USS Sutton, USS O'Neill, USS Lamons, USS Acree, USS Eldridge, USS Parks, USS Snyder, USS Earl K. Olsen, USS Thornhill, USS Marts, USS McAnn, USS Levy, USS Garfield Thomas, USS Carter, USS Cates, USS Thomas, USS Baron, USS Herzog, USS Hilbert, USS Samuel S. Miles, USS Reybold, USS Eisner, USS Pennewill, USS Coffman, USS Alger, USS Ebert, USS Oswald, USS Carroll, USS Micka, USS Clarence L. Evans, USS Christopher, USS Cooner, USS Cannon, French frigate Oise. Excerpt: USS Bangust (DE- 739) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. She returned to the States at war's end with a near-record setting number of eleven battle stars. (Riddle (DE-185) earned the highest number for destroyer escorts: twelve.) She was named in honor of Joseph Bangust who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions in the air against the Japanese early in the war. The ship was laid down on 11 February 1943 at Los Angeles, California, by the Western Pipe and Steel Company; launched on 6 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Stephen W. Gerber; and commissioned at her builder's yard on 30 October 1943, Lt. Comdr. Charles F. MacNish, USNR, in command. After fitting out, Bangust reported for shakedown training on 21 November 1943, and conduc...

USS Albert T Harris DE 447

Author : Lambert M. Surhone
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket. Post-war she proudly returned home with two battle stars to her credit.Albert T. Harris (DE-447) was named in honor of Albert T. Harris who was awarded the Navy Cross for his brave actions in the Guadalcanal campaign.

The Destroyer Escort USS Manning DE 199 Flagship Escort Division 37

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Sunken Ships World War II

Author : Karl E. Heden
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Sunken Ships of World War II is truly one of the greatest compendiums of naval history that has ever been put together. Not only does it give an exhaustive chronology of events and ac-tions of the United States Navy, it also contains listings of the Al-lies (American and English) and of the Axis (Japanese, German and Italian) naval losses wherever they took place. Each of the more than 350 pages of this book is packed with minute informa-tion on each sunken vessel. Entries also include the most available information on the commanders, crews, size, displacement and location in degrees of each vessel, the battles, the forces, and just about any other particular information of interest on each vessel. By any measurement Sunken Ships of World War II stands alone for its depth and breath of the information revealed in its detailed pages

The Navy of World War II 1922 1947

Author : Paul H. Silverstone
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The Navy of World War II, 1922-1946 comprehensively covers the vessels that defined this momentous 24-year period in U.S. naval history. Beginning with the lean, pared-down navy created by the treaty at the Washington Naval Conference, and ending with the massive, awe-inspiring fleets that led the Allies to victory in the Second World War, the fourth volume in the celebrated U.S. Navy Warship series presents a detailed guide to all the warships that exhibited the might of the U.S. Navy to the fullest. Showcasing all the ships--both the famous and the often overlooked-that propelled the U.S Navy to prominence in the first half of the twentieth century, The Navy of World War II catalogues all the warships from this era, including those that did battle in the European, Mediterranean, and Pacific Theaters from 1941-1946. From the fleet attacked at Pearl Harbor, to those that fought valiantly in the Battle of the Guadalcanal, to the official surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the USS Missouri, this latest volume is the definitive guide to the warships that defined this pivotal period in U.S. naval history. Each volume in the U.S. Navy Warship series represents the most meticulous scholarship for its particular era, providing an authoritative account of every ship in the history of the U. S. Navy from its first incarnation as the Continental Navy to its present position as one of the world's most formidable naval superpowers. Featuring convenient, easy-to-read tabular lists, every book in the series includes an abundance of illustrations, some never before published, along with figures for actions fought, damages sustained, casualties suffered, prizes taken, and ships sunk, ultimately making the series an indispensable reference tool for maritime buffs and military historians alike. A further article about Paul Silverstone and the Navy Warships series can be found at: http://www.thejc.com/home.aspx?ParentId=m11s18s180&SecId=180&AId=58892&ATypeId=1

USS Hill DE 141

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Hill (DE-141) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and provided destroyer escort protection against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.She was named in honor of Edwin J. Hill, Chief Boatswain Mate who lost his life for his brave actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, for which he was posthumously awarded the Navy Medal of Honor.

The Buckley class Destroyer Escorts

Author : Bruce Hampton Franklin
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"Destroyer escorts were built in greater numbers than any other kind of Allied fighting ship during World War II, and more than one hundred thousand American and British sailors served aboard these ships; yet until now, little has been written about their crucial role in the U.S. and Royal Navies. This book combines unique photographs, firsthand accounts, ship plans, and well-researched text to recapture the history of the largest class of destroyer escorts ever built - the Buckleys." "The book presents the first complete photographic record ever assembled of all 154 Buckley-class ships, including the only known photographs of several of these ships, recently located by the author in private collections in the United States and Great Britain. Selections of the original line-plan drawings of the class are also reproduced, providing valuable details of the ship's arrangements as designed. The text describes the development of the class, armament, major conversion programs, differences between the American and British ships, and the operational history of Buckleys in the U.S. and Royal Navies. Throughout the book, recollections and contemporary observations from the men who served aboard these ships are used to provide a personal touch to the history of these "Little Wolves.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Memoirs of a World War II Destroyer Escort Sailor

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Author Bill Bowers made his career working with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Cos. of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Starting on June 18th, 1941, in Arlington, Virginia, as a Frame Man, he progressed to Power Man, then Central Office Repairman, working in Arlington, Falls Church and and Alexandria, Virginia. He was married on December 4, 1942, to Lillian Bernice Felton of Arlington. Bill joined the navy May 18th 1944 and served in the navy until discharged on January 20, 1946. He served as a Radar man 3/c on the Destroyer Escort USS Lee Fox DE 65/APD 45 In World War ll covering the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operations. This book covers his wartime experiences.

Destroyer Escorts

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USS Cates de 763

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. USS Cates (DE-763) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. She was named after William Finnic Cates who was killed in action 12 November 1942 when a Japanese torpedo plane, which he kept under fire while refusing to leave his station, crashed aboard the ship. For this heroism, he received the Navy Cross posthumously.

Captain Class Frigates

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 35. Chapters: Buckley class destroyer escort, Captain class frigate, Evarts class destroyer escort, HMS Affleck (K462), HMS Aylmer (K463), HMS Balfour (K464), HMS Bayntun (K310), HMS Bazely (K311), HMS Bentinck (K314), HMS Bentley (K465), HMS Berry (K312), HMS Bickerton (K466), HMS Blackwood (K313), HMS Bligh (K467), HMS Braithwaite (K468), HMS Bullen (K469), HMS Burges (K347), HMS Byard (K315), HMS Byron (K508), HMS Calder (K349), HMS Capel (K470), HMS Conn (K509), HMS Cosby (K559), HMS Cotton (K510), HMS Cranstoun (K511), HMS Cubitt (K512), HMS Curzon (K513), HMS Dacres (K472), HMS Deane (K551), HMS Drury (K316), HMS Duckworth (K351), HMS Goodson (K480), HMS Inglis (K570), HMS Kempthorne (K483), HMS Lawford (K514), List of Captain class frigates. Excerpt: The Captain class was a designation given to 78 frigates of the Royal Navy, constructed in the United States of America, launched in 1942-1943 and delivered to the United Kingdom under the provisions of the Lend-Lease agreement (under which the United States of America supplied the United Kingdom and other Allied nations with materiel between 1941 and 1945), they were drawn from two sub-classes of the American destroyer escort (originally British destroyer escort) classification: 32 from the Evarts sub-class and 46 from the Buckley sub-class. Upon reaching the UK the ships were substantially modified by the Royal Navy, making them distinct from the US Navy destroyer escort ships. Captain-class frigates acted in the roles of convoy escorts, anti-submarine warfare vessels, coastal forces control frigates and headquarters ships for the Normandy landings. During the course of World War II this class participated in the sinking of at least 34 German submarines and a number of other hostile craft with 15 of the 78 Captain-class frigates being either sunk or written-off as a...

World War II Shipyards by the Bay

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In the dark, frenzied years of World War II, the San Francisco Bay Area was the geographic center of a $6.3 billion West Coast shipbuilding industry. Stretching from the Golden Gate to Vallejo to Sunnyvale, 14 Bay Area yards launched many of the ships that helped save the free world. Basalt Rock of Napa, Bethlehem Steel of San Francisco and Alameda, Hunters Point and Mare Island Naval Shipyards, Joshua Hendy Iron Works of Sunnyvale, Marinship of Sausalito, Permanente Metals in Richmond, and Western Pipe and Steel in South San Francisco are names that still conjure memories for many locals of one of the most impassioned war efforts in human history. Offering new opportunities for African Americans and women, recruiters searched the nation for workers who relocated here by the thousands. These motivated men and women delivered Liberty cargo ships like the SS Robert E. Peary, built in seven and a half days, a shipbuilding record that stands to this day.

World War II Escort Ships of the United Kingdom

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 43. Chapters: World War II corvettes of the United Kingdom, World War II frigates of the United Kingdom, World War II sloops of the United Kingdom, Captain-class frigate, Harbour Defence Motor Launch, HMS Leith, HMS Amethyst, HMS Loch Fada, HMS Kempthorne, HMS Loch Killisport, HMS Fowey, HMS Loch Insh, HMNZS Hawea, HMS Bayntun, HMS Loch Fyne, HMS Porlock Bay, HMS Walney, HMS Aylmer, HMNZS Pukaki, HMS Kite, HMS Loch Killin, HMS Loch Achray, HMS Hyacinth, HMS Affleck, UBS Mayu, HMS Heartsease, HMS Peony, HMS Starling, HMS Loch Dunvegan, HMS Bryony, HMS Loch Arkaig, HMS Loch Lomond, HMS Hastings, HMS Loch Katrine, HMS Bentinck, HMS Loch Alvie, HMS Calder, HMS Balfour, HMS Drury, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Bazely, Colony class frigate, HMS Dacres, HMS Braithwaite, HMS Rifleman, HMS Bligh, HMS Lawford, HMS Blackwood, HMS Capel, HMS Magpie, HMS Byard, HMS Bentley, HMS Black Swan, HMS Wellington, HMS Pheasant, HMS Byron, HMS Inglis, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Conn, HMS Erne, HMS Cosby, HMS Bullen, HMS Burges, HMS Deane, HMS Goodson, HMS Dominica, HMS Berry, HMS Bittern, HMS Folkestone, HMS Ibis, HMS Loch Glendhu, HMS Loch More. Excerpt: The Captain class were 78 frigates of the Royal Navy, constructed in the United States, launched in 1942-1943 and delivered to the United Kingdom under the provisions of Lend-Lease. They served in World War II as convoy escorts, anti-submarine warfare vessels and coastal forces control frigates. They were drawn from two classes of destroyer escort; 32 from the Evarts class and 46 from the Buckley class. Post-war nearly all the surviving Captain class ships were returned to the US Navy as quickly as possible to reduce the amount payable under the provisions of the Lend-Lease agreement. In June 1941 His Majesty's Government asked the United States to design, build and supply an escort vessel that was suitable for anti-s...

US Navy Frigates of the Cold War

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A fresh, new study on the overlooked history of the backbone of the Cold War US Navy, the go-anywhere, do-anything frigate. Though they were never the most glamorous of warships, found US Navy frigates were frequently found on the frontlines of the Cold War at sea. These warships were the descendants of World War II's destroyer escorts, designed primarily to escort convoys. They specialized in anti-submarine warfare, but were intended to be numerous, tough, versatile, and well-armed enough to show US naval power around the world, performing roles that varied from intercepting drug-smugglers to defending aircraft carriers. When the Cold War turned hot, frigates were often there. It was a US Navy frigate, Harold E. Holt, that conducted the US Navy's first hostile boarding action since 1826 during the SS Mayaguez incident. Frigates were at the forefront of operations in the Persian Gulf during the Tanker War, with the frigate USS Stark suffering a notorious Exocet attack by Iraqi warplanes, and proving the Oliver Hazard Perry-class's legendary toughness. This book explains how the technology and design of frigates changed during the Cold War, how the classes were modified to keep up to date, and explores the many varied missions they performed during the Cold War and since.

The Philippines in World War II 1941 1945

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An essential source for those seeking insights into the impact of World War II on Philippine society and the military operations in and around the islands.

On Board the USS Mason

Author : James A. Dunn
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Equally interesting, the diary reveals what it meant to be an African American in a white navy within a segregated American society, the shipboard tensions and the shipboard cooperation and sense of unity.