USS Lough (DE-586)
|Namesake:||John Cady Lough|
|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|
|Class and type:||Rudderow|
|Beam:||36 feet, 10 inches|
|Draft:||9 feet 8 inches|
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 received three battle stars for World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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