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Photo. by Bob Skoog, crewmember


TYPE: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)

Displacement: 1,200 tons (std) 1,590 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 12' 3" (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 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 8 / 201.

After returning from convoy escort duty 22 February 1944, DE 241 KEITH underwent extensive refresher training and participated in antisubmarine warfare exercises before sailing on 15 March as part of escort carrier TRIPOLI’s (CVE-64) newly-formed hunter-killer group. With this group she patrolled the Atlantic from Brazil to Newfoundland in quest of enemy submarines. In July, she joined a similar group operating with escort carrier CORE (CVE-13).

On 30 August, CORE’s hunter-killer group contacted an enemy submarine. KEITH, assisting in the search, made two hedgehog attacks with inconclusive results. KEITH continued to operate with the hunter-killer group patrolling the vast waters of the Atlantic, escorting convoys from "mid-ocean point" to ports in Brasil.

4 August 1942: Keel laid as Scott by the Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, Tex.

8 December 1942: Renamed Keith

21 December 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ellis J. Keith, Sr., mother of Seaman Keith

19 July 1943: Commissioned at Houston, Tex., Lt. D. Cochran in command

20 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

1 November 1972: Stricken from the NVR

18 January 1974: Sold for scrapping


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