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Class: Edsall 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.

Between 4 October 1943 and 19 March 1944 Douglas D. Howard escorted three convoys to Casablanca, French Morocco. She joined the hunter-killer group operating with Core (CVE-13) for one cruise between 3 April and 30 May, then made a similar patrol with the group formed around Wake Island (CVE-65), from 15 June to 29 August. After repairs at Boston, she joined Mission Bay (CVE-59) for antisubmarine patrol in the South Atlantic from 8 September to 26 November.

Photo. By Ed Zajkowski. USS Douglas L. Howard seen off Brooklyn New York prior to be sent to the Pacific.

USS Douglas L. Howard plying the waters of the Atlantic.. Photo by Joe Radigan.

USS Douglas L. Howard coming alongside with De 139 Farquhar. Photo Provided by Jim Keppler


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