USS Cross (DE-448)
|Laid down:||19 March 1944|
|Launched:||4 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||8 January 1945|
|Decommissioned:||14 June 1946|
|In service:||1st Naval District, 6 June 1951|
|Out of service:||2 January 1958|
|Struck:||1 July 1966|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping 5 March 1968|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m) overall|
|Beam:||36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 4 in (4.06 m) maximum|
|Propulsion:||2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||14 officers, 201 enlisted|
USS Cross (DE-448) 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. Post-war she proudly returned home with one battle star to her credit.
Cross (DE-448) was named in honor of Frederick Cushing Cross, Jr. who was awarded the Navy Cross for his attack on an enemy submarine and, mortally wounded, water-landing his plane, which allowed his crew to survive.
Cross was launched 4 July 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. D. F. Cross, mother of the late Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross, USNR; and commissioned 8 January 1945, Lieutenant H. L. Minshall, Jr., USNR, in command.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
Departing New York 22 March 1945, Cross called at San Diego, California, before arriving at Pearl Harbor for additional training. She sailed on 8 May escorting a convoy for Ulithi, and from 29 May to 11 September Cross continued to escort vital supply-laden convoys from Ulithi to Okinawa. After repairs at Okinawa, she called at San Diego and Boston, Massachusetts, then put in at Green Cove Springs, Florida, where she was placed out of commission in reserve 14 June 1946.
Recommissioned as a training ship
Recommissioned 6 June 1951, Cross was assigned to the 1st Naval District to serve as a training ship for New England Naval Reservists. She remained in this employment until placed in reserve again 2 January 1958. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 July 1966, and, on 5 March 1968, she was sold for scrapping.
- Photo gallery of Cross at NavSource Naval History