Ray K. Edwards
Ray Keith Edwards, born at Chicago, Ill., on 11 November 1923, enlisted in the Navy 16 June 1941; was transferred to the Marine Corps at his own request; and was rated corporal 23 February 1942. He lost his life while receiving an important radio message during an aerial bombardment on Guadalcanal, 12 September 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for this action.
(APD - 96: displacement 2,130 (full load); length 306’0”; beam 37’0”; draft 12’7”; speed 23 knots; complement 201; troop 162; armament 1 5”, 6 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 depth charge tracks; class Crosley)
Ray K. Edwards (DE-237) was laid down 1 December 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.; launched 19 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Lena M. Edwards; reclassified APD-96 on 17 July 1944; and commissioned 11 June 1945, Lt. Caldwell R. Keyser in command.
Following shakedown off Guantanamo, Ray K. Edwards steamed for the Pacific, reaching San Diego 21 August and Pearl Harbor 12 September. There she became flagship of Transport Division 104. She departed Pearl 14 September for Eniwetok and Okinawa, whence she steamed to Japan. She sailed through Bungo Suido and anchored in Fukuru Wan, 8 October, to replenish minesweepers, LSTs and LCIs assigned to that area. She remained in Japan through the end of 1945.
Returning to the United States, Ray K. Edwards transited the Panama Canal on 24 April 1946; and, after in-port periods at Boston, Jacksonville, and Charleston, she was towed to Mayport, Fla., where she arrived on 13 August 1946. Decommissioned 30 August 1946 and berthed at Green Cove Springs, Fla., she was struck from the Navy list 1 June 1960, and sold on 15 June 1961 to Diamond Manufacturing Co., Georgia.
23 September 2005