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Photo  By John Klar


Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)

17 May 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.

5 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alice A. Herzog, mother of the namesake.

6 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr J. C. Toft, Jr., in command.

1 August 1944. Decommissioned at Natal, Brazil; recommissioned the same day in the Brazilian Navy as CT Beberibe (D-23).

30 June 1953: Returned to U.S. control and simultaneously transferred outright to Brazil under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program

20 July 1953: Stricken

1968: scrapped

Displacement: 1,240 tons (std) 1,620 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 11' 8" (max)

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.

Machinery: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 15 / 201.

DE 178 HERZOG served as escort ship on shorter voyages between Recife, Brazil, and Trinidad. From 14 April 1944 until 14 July Herzog served with Task Group 41.6 on patrol in the South Atlantic. Working with escort carrier Solomons she searched the seas in the never ending battle against German submarines.

On 15 June she was detached to pick up survivors from a German sub sunk by aircraft, and after returning to the group steamed to Recife, arriving 23 June. After another brief cruise with the Task Group, she returned to Recife 16 July. She sailed to the Brazilian Naval Base at Natal 28 July and was placed out of commission and loaned to the Brazilian Navy under lend-lease 1 August 1944.



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