USS Lovering (DE-39)
U.S.S. Lovering (DE-39)
|Laid down:||7 September 1942|
|Launched:||18 June 1943|
|Commissioned:||17 September 1943|
|Decommissioned:||16 October 1945|
|Renamed:||Lovering, 14 June 1943|
|Struck:||1 November 1945|
|3 battle stars (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 31 December 1946|
|Type:||Evarts-class destroyer escort|
|Beam:||35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft (3.4 m) (max)|
|Speed:||19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)|
|Range:||4,150 nmi (7,690 km)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 183 enlisted|
USS Lovering (DE-39) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy during World War II. She was promptly sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed dangerous work in major battle areas and sailed home proudly with three battle stars.
She was originally scheduled for transfer to Great Britain, was laid down as BDE-39 on 7 September 1942 by Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington. Ordered retained for use by the Navy, she was named on 14 June 1943 and reclassified DE-39 on 16 June. Launched on 18 June 1943 by Miss J. Shannon, she commissioned on 11 September 1943, Lt. Comdr. A. H. Donaldson, USNR in command.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
Lovering began her 25 months of naval service with a coastal shakedown cruise and an intense training period operating with carriers, destroyers, and submarines. Departing San Francisco, California, on 4 December 1943, she arrived Pearl Harbor on 16 December. She departed four days later on an escort voyage to the Gilbert Islands. Arriving on 28 December she operated out of the Gilberts for the next six months. Sailing mainly from Tarawa, she performed numerous escort assignments to Kwajalein and Majuro in the nearby Marshall Islands after they were declared secure on 7 February 1944. Eniwetok became a terminus after its seizure on the 22nd.
Supporting the Invasion of Iwo Jima and the Ryukyus
Returning to Pearl Harbor on 27 July, Lovering underwent a period in drydock and then served as a target and training vessel for submarines. She continued this duty after returning to the Marshall Islands on 19 September. Late in October she commenced a series of escort missions to Saipan and Guam in the Marianas. These concluded on 10 March 1945 when, having steamed to Ulithi, she began her final assignment as a screening and escort vessel for logistic support groups of the variously designated 3rd and 5th Fleets. The Iwo Jima and Ryukyus invasion areas were her main theaters of action before departing for home on 9 July.
Lovering arrived San Pedro, California, on 28 July. Her overhaul was prematurely halted on 17 August. Towed to Terminal Island, California, on 6 September, she decommissioned on 16 October. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 November 1945, she was sold to Hugo Neu of New York City on the last day of 1946.
|Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)|
|American Campaign Medal|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with three 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 Lovering (DE-39) at NavSource Naval History