|Laid down:||24 May 1943|
|Launched:||24 July 1943|
|Commissioned:||15 November 1943|
|Battle Stars:||1 for World War II Service|
|Coast Guard Duty as:||USCGC Falgout (WDE-424), 24 August 1951|
|Reclassified:||DER-324, 28 October 1954|
|Final Decommissioning:||10 October 1969|
|Struck:||1 June 1975|
|Fate:||Sunk as target off California on 12 January 1977|
|Class:||Edsall-class destroyer escort|
|Type:||FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)|
|Displacement:||1,200 tons (std) 1,590 tons (full)|
|Range:||9,100 nmi at|
|Complement:||8 officers, 201 enlisted|
|Armament:|| 3 × 3"/50 Mk 22 (1 × 3)|
1 twin 40 mm Mk 1 AA
8 × 20 mm Mk 4 AA
3 × 21" Mk 15 torpedo tubes (3 × 1)
1 Hedgehog Projector Mk 10 (144 rounds)
8 Mk 6 depth charge projectors
2 Mk 9 depth charge tracks
|Propulsion:||4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6,000 shp, 2 screws|
USS Falgout (DE-324) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and provided destroyer escort protection against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. Post-war, she was borrowed by the U.S. Coast Guard and also served as a radar picket ship on the Distant Early Warning Line.
She was named in honor of Seaman Second Class George Irvin Falgout, who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. During the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal 12 November 1942 he remained at his gun, blazing away at a Japanese aircraft until it crashed his station, killing him.
Falgout (DE-324) was launched 24 July 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. H. J. Guidry, sister of Seaman Second Class Falgout; and commissioned 15 November 1943, Lieutenant Commander H. A. Meyer, USCG, in command. She was reclassified DER-324 on 28 October 1954.
The homeward bound passage of this same voyage was also a difficult one; on 3 May, one of the escorts was torpedoed and had to put into Algiers for repairs. Two of the other escorts sank the submarine which had crippled their sister, but on 5 May, another of the escort was torpedoed, and sank. Falgout and the remaining escorts brought the convoy safely home, not a merchantman lost. On her third convoy voyage, while Gibraltar-bound in the Mediterranean, Falgout took prisoner from the sea four downed German aviators.
Upon her return to the Navy, she was converted to a radar picket escort vessel, and was recommissioned 30 June 1955, Lieutenant Commander Walter P. Smiley in command. After shakedown, she arrived at Seattle, Washington, 20 November for duty with the Continental Air Defense Command. Her primary mission was to serve as radar picket in the Early Warning System, and from Seattle, she served regular cycles of duty at sea on picket station under the helmsmanship of Robert J. Lydon. This vital mission was interrupted only for necessary overhauls and refresher training following them.
From 19 March 1959 through 1962, Falgout was based at Pearl Harbor, continuing her protection of the United States through service on the Pacific Barrier. She was decommissioned at Mare Island, Vallejo, California on 10/10/1969 and struck from the Navy List on 1 June 1975. On 12 January 1977 she was sunk as target off California.