USS Newman (DE-205)

USS Newman (DE-205)


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Career
Ordered: 1942
Laid down: 8 June 1943
Launched: 9 August 1943
Commissioned: 26 November 1943
Reclassified APD: 5 July 1944
Decommissioned: 18 February 1946
Struck: 1 September 1964
Fate: Sold for scrap 15 August 1966
General characteristics
Displacement: 1400 tons standard
1740 tons full load
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Draft: 9.5 ft (4.1 m) standard
11.25 ft full load
Propulsion: 2 boilers, General Electric Turbo-electric drive
2 solid manganese-bronze 3600 lb 3-bladed propellers, 8.5 ft. diameter, 7 ft 7 inch pitch
12,000 hp (8.9 MW)
2 rudders
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
Range: 359 tons oil
3700 nautical miles at 15 knots
6000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Complement: 15 officers, 198 men
Armament: 3 x 3 in/50 cal. guns (76.2 mm)
4 x 1.1 in/75 (28 mm) Anti-Aircraft guns (1x4)
8 x 20 mm
3 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (1x3)
1 x hedgehog projector
8 x depth charge projectors (K-guns)
2 x depth charge tracks

USS Newman (DE-205/APD-59), a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, was named in honor of Laxton Gail Newman (1916-1941, who was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions.

Newman was laid down by the Charleston Navy Yard 8 June 1943; launched 9 August 1943; sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Newman, mother of L. G. Newman AD3; and commissioned 26 November 1943, Lt. Comdr. W. C. Meyer, USNR, in command.

Following shakedown off Bermuda, Newman was assigned transatlantic escort duty. Between 11 February and 29 June 1944, she crossed the ocean six times. On 30 June, at Staten Island, she commenced conversion to a High speed transport reporting for shakedown in Chesapeake Bay as APD-59, 19 September. At the end of the month she departed Norfolk, Virginia, as flagship of TransDiv 103, and headed for the Pacific. Arriving at Hollandia 4 November, she escorted supply convoys between that port and Leyte Gulf until 12 December. Then, at Leyte, she embarked troops of the 24th Division and got underway for her first amphibious operation, the 15 December invasion of Mindoro. Landing her troops with the first waves, she turned back to Leyte, then proceeded to New Guinea to prepare for the initial operations of 1945.

At Noemfoor, she took on troops of the 158th Regimental Combat Team and proceeded back to the Philippines. On the 11th, two days after the initial invasion of Luzon, she landed her troops on the Lingayen beaches under the cover of naval shore bombardment, then provided gunfire support until retiring to escort a convoy back to Leyte, arriving 15 January. Assignments to amphibious landings, and their support, now increased as the momentum of the war in the Philippines picked up. On 29 January, she participated in landings at San Felipe, Luzon; on the 30th, on Grande Island in Subic Bay; on 28 February, at Puerta Princessa, Palawan; on 10 March at Zamboanga, Mindanao; on 26 March, at Talisay, Cebu; and on 17 April at Parang, Mindanao. In May, she shifted to Morotai and in June and July participated in landings in Borneo at Brunei Bay, 10 June, and Balikpapan, 1 July.

On 16 July, she departed the East Indies to return to the Philippines, arriving Leyte the 18th and to Legaspi, Luzon, 27th, where she conducted training exercises for combat teams until the end of the war. On 29 August, she steamed to Okinawa, embarked units of the 24th Corps, Army Service Command for transportation to Jinsen, Korea. On 8 September, she landed the occupation forces at Jinsen and then commenced escort duty between Jinsen, Taku and the Philippines. On 26 November, she departed the Far East en route to New York. Arriving there 9 January 1946, she steamed south to Green Cove Springs, Florida, joining the 16th (Inactive) Fleet there, 18 February. Later berthed at Orange, Texas, Newman remained a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List in 1964. On 15 August 1966, her hulk was sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

Newman earned five battle stars during World War II.

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