USS Engstrom (DE-50)
27 February 1945: Broadside view of Engstrom. She was under overhaul at Mare Island from 19 January until 27 February 1945.
|Name:||USS Engstrom (DE-50)|
|Laid down:||1 April 1942|
|Launched:||24 July 1942 as HMS Drury (BDE-50)|
|Commissioned:||21 June 1943 as USS Engstrom (DE-50)|
|Decommissioned:||19 December 1945|
|Struck:||8 January 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap on 26 December 1946|
|Class and type:||Evarts class destroyer escort|
|Displacement:||1,140 (standard), 1,430 tons (full)|
|Length:||283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) (waterline), 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) (overall))|
|Beam:||35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) (max)|
|Speed:||19 kn (35 km/h)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 183 enlisted|
|Armament:||3 × 3 in/50 cal Mk 22 dual purpose guns (1×3), 4 × 1.1 in/75 cal Mk 2 AA guns (1×4), 9 × Oerlikon 20 mm Mk 4 AA cannons, 1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk 10 (144 rounds), 8 × Mk 6 depth charge projectors, 2 × Mk 9 depth charge tracks|
USS Engstrom (DE-50) was an Evarts class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and returned home safely to the States.
She was launched on 24 July 1942 by Philadelphia Navy Yard as HMS Drury (BDE-50); reallocated to the USN; assigned the name Engstrom on 4 March 1943; and commissioned on 21 June 1943, Lieutenant D. A. Nienstedt in command.
World War II
Engstrom sailed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 20 August 1943 for Norfolk, Virginia, where she joined a convoy bound for the Panama Canal Zone and San Diego, California, arriving on the west coast on 9 September. On the 27th, she got underway for Adak and over a year of duty in northern waters. Often fighting weather almost as dangerous as the enemy, she escorted combatant and auxiliary ships, acted as radar picket ship for air operations between Attu and Paramushiro, and screened surveying ships.
The escort vessel returned to Mare Island, California, on 19 January 1945 for overhaul and, after training at Pearl Harbor, sailed on convoy duty to Eniwetok and Saipan, her base from 31 March through the end of the war for escort assignments to Eniwetok, Ulithi, Guam, and Iwo Jima. The men and supplies, whose movement she guarded, saw action on Okinawa.
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal|
|World War II Victory Medal|