USS Eisele (DE-34)
|Laid down:||23 January 1943|
|Launched:||29 June 1943|
|Commissioned:||18 October 1943|
|Decommissioned:||16 November 1945|
|Struck:||28 November 1945|
|2 battle stars (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 29 January 1948|
|Type:||Evarts-class destroyer escort|
|Displacement:||1,140 long tons (1,158 t)|
|Length:||289 ft 5 in (88.21 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft 1 in (10.69 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Range:||4,150 nmi (7,690 km)|
USS Eisele (DE-34) was an Evarts class short-hull destroyer escort in the service of the United States Navy, named after Seaman Second Class George Raymond Eisele, killed in action on board the heavy cruiser San Francisco (CA-38) on 12 November 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Eisele (DE-34) was launched on 29 June 1943 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Solano County, California, as BDE-34, by Mrs. George A. Eisele, mother of Seaman Second Class Eisele. Intended for the British under the Lend-Lease agreement, she was retained by the U.S. Navy and assigned the name Eisele; and commissioned on 18 October 1943, Lieutenant Commander E. C. Long in command.
Eisele sailed from San Francisco on 11 December 1943 and after touching at Pearl Harbor and Funafuti, arrived in the Gilberts on 5 January 1944. She patrolled off Tarawa and guarded convoys between the Gilberts and Marshalls, returning to Pearl Harbor on 19 May. In June she departed for Eniwetok and screened transports to Guam for support landings on 27 July. She continued to serve in the occupation of the Marianas on screen, convoy escort, and air-sea rescue duty.
Returning to Pearl Harbor on 28 August 1944, Eisele conducted training exercises with submarines until October when she sailed for Eniwetok. There she screened fast tanker convoys safely past the rest of the Carolines, still Japanese held, to Palau and on to the Philippines. In March 1945 Eisele arrived at Ulithi, the staging point for the Okinawa operation, and sailed on the 21st screening escort carriers providing the air cover to capture Okinawa. Except for escorting a convoy to Saipan, Eisele remained with the CVEs off Okinawa fighting off constant air attack.
Eisele was homeward bound on 17 June, and was decommissioned at Seattle on 16 November 1945. She was sold on 29 January 1948.
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars)|
|World War II Victory Medal|
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS Eisele at NavSource Naval History