USS Lough (DE-586)

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United States
Name: USS Lough
Namesake: John Cady Lough
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard
Laid down: 8 December 1943
Launched: 22 January 1944
Sponsored by: Rose Anne Lough, sister of Ensign Lough
Commissioned: 2 May 1944
Decommissioned: 24 June 1946
Honors and
Three battlestars
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Rudderow
Type: Destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,450 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36 feet, 10 inches
Draft: 9 feet 8 inches
Speed: 24 knots
Complement: 186

USS Lough (DE-586) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort in the United States Navy during World War II.

Lough was laid down December 8, 1943 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts; launched 22 January 1944; sponsored by Miss Rose Anne Lough, sister of Ensign Lough; and commissioned at Boston 2 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander Blaney C. Turner in command. Lough shookdown off Bermuda and in June 1944 began coastal escort from Norfolk, Virginia to New York City, then guarded a convoy to Bizerte and another back to the United States. She arrived Espiritu Santo from Panama 1 November and joined the service force of the 3rd Fleet as escort from the Solomons and New Guinea to Manus, where she witnessed the disastrous explosion of ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-11) 20 November and participated in the fruitless search for survivors.

Rendezvousing 10 November at Hollandia, New Guinea, she escorted 7th Fleet Commander, Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid for the amphibious landing at San Pedro Bay, Leyte. Arriving 25 November she fought off her first air attack almost at once. She served on escort and patrol in the Philippines until the fighting ended, twice voyaging to Hollandia for resupply echelons.

While protecting the landing of the 11th Airborne Division on Nasugbu 31 January 1945, Lough engaged about 20 suicide boats armed with depth charges that attacked the screen, sinking an undetermined number of the enemy. She then pulled from the water 63 survivors of less fortunate USS PC-1129. Two nights later Lough and USS Presley (DE-371), fearing a similar attack, sank two friendly PT boats, which approached without identifying themselves.

After hostilities ceased she left Manila 24 August on the first of a series of escort missions to Okinawa which continued until 28 November, when she left for Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor, and San Pedro, California, arriving 18 December.

Lough decommissioned at San Diego 24 June 1946 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Stockton, California.

Lough received three battle stars for World War II service.

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