USS Reynolds (DE-42)

“DE-42” redirects here. For the road, see Delaware Route 42.

History

Name:
USS Reynolds

Laid down:
12 January 1943, as BDE-42 for the United Kingdom

Launched:
1 August 1943

Commissioned:
8 November 1943

Decommissioned:
5 December 1945

Renamed:
USS Reynolds, 23 June 1943

Struck:
19 December 1945

Honors and
awards:
8 battle stars (World War II)

Fate:
Sold for scrapping, 28 April 1947

General characteristics

Type:
Evarts-class destroyer escort

Displacement:

1,140 long tons (1,158 t) standard
1,430 long tons (1,453 t) full

Length:

289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) o/a
283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) w/l

Beam:
35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)

Draft:
11 ft (3.4 m) (max)

Propulsion:

4 × General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW)
2 screws

Speed:
19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)

Range:
4,150 nmi (7,690 km)

Complement:
15 officers and 183 enlisted

Armament:

3 × single 3″/50 Mk.22 dual purpose guns
1 × quad 1.1″/75 Mk.2 AA gun
9 × 20 mm Mk.4 AA guns
1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk.10 (144 rounds)
8 × Mk.6 depth charge projectors
2 × Mk.9 depth charge tracks

USS Reynolds (DE-42) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and sailed home proudly displaying eight battle stars, a very high number for a ship of her type.
She was originally assigned to the United Kingdom and was laid down on 12 January 1943 as BDE-42 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington; redesignated DE-42 on 16 June 1943; named Reynolds on 23 June 1943; launched on 1 August 1943; and christened by Mrs. D. L. Reynolds, widow of Ensign Reynolds, and commissioned on 1 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. Edward P. Adams in command.

Contents

1 World War II Pacific Theatre operations
2 End-of-War operations
3 Stateside inactivation and decommissioning
4 Awards
5 References
6 See also
7 External links

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]
Following shakedown off southern California, Reynolds departed the West Coast on 13 January 1944 and steamed to Pearl Harbor. Further training followed and on 27 January she sailed west in the screen of White Plains (CVE-66) then ferrying repl