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John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
1,350 Tons (light)
1,745 Tons (full)
306; x 36' 10" 13' 4"
2 x 5" guns
2 x Twin 40mm AA
10 x 20mm cannon
3 x 21" torpedo tubes
1 x Hedgehog
8 x K-gun projectors
2 x depth charge tracks
Built by Brown Shipbuilding in Houston, TX. Laid down November 1, 1943. Launched December 17, 1943, Commissioned April 3, 1944 into the U. S. Navy (USN) as USS Edmonds (DE-406) named in honor of Aviation Ordnanceman Bert C. Edmonds assigned to Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8) Killed In Action (KIA) October 16, 1942. Sponsored by his mother Mrs. F. Campbell.
On February 21, 1945 Edmonds rescued 378 sailors from USS Bismarck Sea CVE-95 after it was sunk by two kamikaze aircraft.
On May 31, 1946 decommissioned then recommissioned February 28, 1951. On March 1959 assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Portland OR. Finally, decommissioned April 1965 and officially stricken from charge on May 15, 1972. Sold for scrap on September 20, 1973.
Navy History and Heritage Command - Edmonds (DE-406)
Navy Source - DE-406 USS Edmonds
FindAGrave - Bert C Edmonds (grave photo)
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