USS Oswald A. Powers (DE-542)
|Name:||USS Oswald A. Powers|
|Namesake:||Ensign Oswald A. Powers (1915-1942), U.S. Navy officer and Navy Cross recipient|
|Builder:||Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||18 November 1943|
|Launched:||17 December 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Ella M. Powers|
|Fate:||Construction contract cancelled 7 January 1946; sold for scrap incomplete 17 June 1947|
|Class and type:||John C. Butler-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 8 in (11 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 5 in (3 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp; 2 propellers|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 12 kt|
|Complement:||14 officers, 201 enlisted|
The name Oswald A. Powers was assigned to DE–542 on 28 September 1943. Oswald A. Powers was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard at Boston, Massachusetts, on 18 November 1943 and launched on 17 December 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Ella M. Powers, mother of Ensign Oswald A. Powers, the ship's namesake.
Construction of Oswald A. Powers was suspended before she could be completed. On 30 August 1945, she was assigned to the Atlantic Inactive Fleet in an incomplete state. On 7 January 1946, the contract for her construction was cancelled, and the incomplete ship was sold on 17 June 1947 to the John J. Duane Company of Quincy, Massachusetts, for scrapping.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive: USS Oswald A. Powers (DE-542)