USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353)
|Namesake:||Doyle Clayton Barnes|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas|
|Laid down:||11 January 1944|
|Launched:||4 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||13 July 1944|
|Decommissioned:||15 January 1947|
|Struck:||1 December 1972|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping 12 September 1973|
|Class & type:||John C. Butler-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 8 in (11 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 5 in (3 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp; 2 propellers|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 12 kt|
|Complement:||14 officers, 201 enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 guns (2×1)
4 × 40 mm AA guns (2×2)
10 × 20 mm AA guns (10×1)
3 × 21 in. torpedo tubes (1×3)
8 × depth charge projectors
1 × depth charge projector (hedgehog)
2 × depth charge tracks
USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353) 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.
The ship was named in honor of Doyle Clayton Barnes who had been awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Midway, and later was missing in action in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. She was launched 4 March 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Barnes, widow of Ensign Barnes; and commissioned 13 July 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. P. Ingle, USNR, in command.
Doyle C. Barnes served as a school ship for officers destined for escort vessel service at Norfolk, Virginia, from 25 September to 21 October 1944, then sailed for New Guinea, arriving at Hollandia 28 November. She escorted convoys from Hollandia to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, patrolled in the Philippines, and took part in the assault and occupation of Borneo from 7 June to 20 July 1945.
Following the cessation of hostilities Doyle C. Barnes remained in the Far East, providing services at Okinawa, Manila, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. She sailed from Tsingtao 15 April 1946, arriving at San Pedro 11 May.
She was towed by USS ATR-66 to San Diego, California, and placed out of commission in reserve there 15 January 1947. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 December 1972 and was sold for scrapping on 12 September 1973.
- Photo gallery of Doyle C. Barnes at NavSource Naval History