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Eisner (DE-192)

(DE-192: dp. 1,240; l. 306'; b. 36'8"; dr. 11'8"; s. 21 k.; cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp.(hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Cannon)

Jacques Rodney Eisner, born 25 July 1918 in Red Bank, N.J., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 7 October 1940 and was appointed a midshipman in the Reserve 6 March 1941. Lieutenant (junior grade) Eisner was killed in action during the Battle of Guadalcanal 13 November 1942 while serving in San Francisco (CA-38).

The name Eisner was assigned to DE-269 on 23 February 1943, canceled and reassigned to DE-28 on 14 June 1943, and again canceled and reassigned to DE-192 on 14 July 1943. DE-269 was transferred to the United Kingdom on 3 September 1943 and served in the Royal Navy as HMS Domett. She was returned to United States custody after World War II and sold on 3 June 1947. DE-28 was renamed Emery (q.v.).


Eisner (DE-192) was launched 12 December 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Lester Eisner, Jr., sister-in-law of Lieutenant (junior grade) Eisner; and commissioned 1 January 1944, Lieutenant Commander D. McVickar, USNR, in command.

On 15 February 1944 Eisner became the flagship for Commander, Escort Division 55. After escorting a convoy to Galveston and back to Norfolk, Eisner was assigned to TF 63 for transatlantic escort duty. She made two voyages to the Mediterranean, then five to British and French ports, guarding the supply line indispensable to the advancing troops in Europe.

Eisner sailed from New York 9 June 1945 for Eniwetok the day after European hostilities ended. She escorted convoys between Eniwetok and Ulithi, then screened Achernar (AKA-53) to Wake with forces to repossess the island. She continued patrol and escort duty out of Eniwetok until 15 December 1945, then sailed home. She was placed out of commission in reserve at Mayport, Fla., 5 July 1946. On 1 March 1951 she was transferred to the Netherlands under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, and serves as HNMS De Zeeuw.

Published: Wed Apr 13 11:06:13 EDT 2016