Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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Earheart
(APD-113: dp. 1,390; l. 306'; b. 37'; dr. 12'7"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 204; a. 1 5"; cl. Crosley)

James Edward Earheart, Jr., born 25 April 1913 in Cincinnati, Ohio, enlisted in the Marine Corps 7 January 1942. On 8 November 1942, Private First Class Earheart was a member of a naval antisabotage party embarked in a British warship which was damaged during the entry into Oran, Algeria. Heroically, he volunteered, in the face of continuous shelling, to swim to a harbor tug whose movements were endangering the men abandoning the warship. Killed in this effort, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Earheart (APD-113) was launched 12 May 1945 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. James Earheart, mother of Private First Class Earheart, and commissioned 26 July 1945, Lieutenant Commander N. M. Goodhue in command.

Earheart conducted shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay, then sailed to Providence, R.I., to celebrate Navy Day, 27 October 1945. Earheart was placed out of commission in reserve, up the St. Johns River, Fla., 29 April 1946.