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USS Huse (DD-145)

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USS Huse (DE-145) was launched by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex. 23 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. L. M. Humrichouse, daughter of Vice Admiral Huse; and commissioned 30 August 1943, Lt. Comdr. W. A. Sessions in command.

Following exhaustive shakedown cruise off Bermuda, USS Huse (DE-145) returned to Charleston 25 October 1943. She then moved to Norfolk for additional training before joining her first Atlantic convoy there 13 November. After seeing this convoy safely to Casablanca, she returned to New York Christmas Day 1943. Following training exercises off Norfolk, USS Huse (DE-145) escorted another convoy to Africa 25 Janu-ary-11 February 1944, then, before returning home, engaged in antisubmarine patrol work off Gibraltar with ships of the Royal Navy.

USS Huse (DE-145) spent the period 11 May-3 June at Brooklyn, departing the latter date with USS Croatan to search for submarines. They had not long to wait, beginning attacks on a submerged submarine the morning of 11 June. Six depth charge and two hedgehog runs brought no confirmation of a sinking, but the persistent ships remained in the area searching until just after midnight 12 June when, radar revealed a surfaced submarine. The badly damaged U-490 was finished off by gunfire. In the months that followed USS Huse (DE-145) continued to operate with the USS Croatan hunter-killer group that had much to do with keeping open the important supply lines to Europe.

The war against Germany over, USS Huse (DE-145) prepared to join the Pacific Fleet for the final effort to defeat Japan. She sailed 10 July 1945 for training exercises in the Caribbean, passing through the Panama Canal and arriving San Diego 7 August 1945. During the voyage to Pearl Harbor, the ship learned of Japan's collapse 15 August. After various exercises in Hawaiian waters, the veteran escort ship returned to Norfolk via San Diego and the Canal Zone 28 September 1945. USS Huse (DE-145), subsequently, arrived Green Cove Springs, Fla., 19 January 1946; decommissioned 27 March ; and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

USS Huse (DE-145) recommissioned in response to the increased needs of the Navy during the Korean conflict 3 August 1951. After shakedown training in the Caribbean, she arrived Key West 15 January 1952 to act as sonar-training ship. In May she steamed northward to take part in a cold-weather operation off Labrador. The ship then 'began regular training operations, based at Newport, R.I., taking her to the Caribbean and Key West. During May 1957 USS Huse (DE-145) operated off Puerto Rico in connection with the launching of a Vanguard satellite test vehicle, and the subsequent nose cone recovery efforts. After further tactical exercises at Key West, she sailed in September for important NATO exercises in Northern European waters, returning to Newport 21 October 1957.

Through 1963 into 1965 she continued to operate out of New Orleans in the Gulf and the Caribbean performing her vital training function. In June 1965 USS Huse (DE-145) decommissioned and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Norfolk, Va., where she remains.

For a complete history of USS Huse (DE-145) please see its DANFS page.