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Lost Destroyer Escorts

The following DEs were destroyed or damaged beyond repair and were removed from US Navy service, thus "Lost".  DEs that were damaged but returned to service are not listed here.

Various resources offer conflicting data as to the number of men lost on DEs 136 and 682.  The numbers presented here are based upon the comparison of resources and additonal information provided by Pat  Perrella, USS Slater volunteer.

October 22, 2002 - Pat Perrella provided the following information:
The figures I was able to substantiate while working with the F. C. DAVIS survivors, including
Dr. Lundeberg, are :  Total crew 192 - Total listed as dead or missing 115 (including the CO, XO and 9 other officers) 77 survivors including 3 officers.
Don Kruse, an UNDERHILL survivor is one of our USS Slater volunteers and he stands firmly behind the figure of 112 KIA during the 24 July 1945 sinking.

See the Roll of Honor for the names of DE sailors lost in service aboard ship

DE Name - Hull Number

Cause of Loss

Date

USS Leopold DE 319 German Submarine Attack by U-255 south of Iceland. 170 men lost. 9 Mar 1944
USS Holder DE 401 German Air Attack off Algiers, Algeria. 17 men lost. 11 Apr 1944
USS Donnell DE 56 (1) - Photo Torpedoed by U-473 North of Iceland. 29 men lost 3 May 1944
USS Fechteler DE 157 - Photo German Submarine Attack by U-967 northeast of Oran, Algeria. 29 men lost. 5 May 1944
USS Rich DE 695 - Photo Sunk by a Mine off Normandy, France. 90 men lost. 8 Jun 1944
USS Fiske DE 143 - Photos German Submarine Attack by U-804 north of Azores. 33 men lost. 2 Aug 1944
USS Shelton DE 407 Japanese Submarine Attack by RO-41 off Morotai Island. Capsized while under tow. 13 men lost. 3 Oct 1944
USS Samuel B. Roberts
DE 413 - Photo
Surface Action by Japanese warships during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off Samar, Philippine Islands. 94 men lost. 25 Oct 1944
USS Eversole DE 404 - Photo Japanese Submarine Attack by I-45 east of Leyte, Philippine Islands. 80 men lost. 28 Oct 1944
USS Frederick C. Davis
DE 136 - Photo
German Submarine Attack by U-546 in the North Atlantic. 115 men lost. 24 Apr 1945
USS Oberrender DE 344 - Photo Kamikaze Air Attack off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. 9 men lost. 9 May 1945
USS England DE 635 - Photo Seriously damaged by one Kamikaze aircraft, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. 37 men lost. 9 May 1945
USS Bates DE 68/APD 47 Severely damaged by 2 Kamikaze planes northwest of Okinawa.  21 men lost 25 May 1945
USS Underhill DE 682 - Photo Japanese human Torpedo northeast of Luzon, Philippine Islands. 112 men lost. 24 July 1945
USS Roche DE 197 Struck a mine while escorting AP-70. 3 men lost. 29 Sept 1945
USS Solar DE 221 - Photos Severely damaged in series of explosion while unloading amunition at NAD Earle, NJ. 7 men lost.  Important Information 30 April 1946

(1) former credit for the torpedo attack was given to U-765.  USS Donnell was returned to USN service, but as IX-182

Sources:
Blair, Clay (1998). Hitler's U-Boat War, The Hunted 1942-1945.  Random House, NY
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Naval History Division, Department of the Navy, Washington.
Andrews, Lewis M., Jr. (1999)  Tempest, Fire & Foe, Destroyer Escorts in World War II and The Men Who Manned Them.  Narwhal Press, Charleston, SC.
Philip K. Lundeberg, Phd. is Curator Emeritus of Naval History at the Smithsonian Instutition. He received his doctorate from Harvard and joined the Institution after teaching at St. Olaf and the US Naval Academy. He first probed "Operation Teardrop" events in May 1945 interviewing fellow survivors of FREDERICK C. DAVIS DE-136 prior to preparation of numerous condolence letters and its final action report.

US Navy official reports
 

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