Allied Warships

USS Pratt (DE 363)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 363 
Built byConsolidated Steel Corp., Ltd. (Orange, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down11 Apr 1944 
Launched1 Jun 1944 
Commissioned18 Sep 1944 
End service14 May 1946 
History

Decommissioned 14 May 1946.
Stricken 15 March 1972.
Sold 15 January 1973 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Pratt (DE 363)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Robert Hume Wanless, USNR18 Sep 194428 Jul 1945
2Lcmdr Howard E Ellis, USNR28 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Pratt include:


14 Feb 1945

Convoy GI 11.

This convoy departed Humboldt Bay (Hollandia) around 1600I/14.

It was made up of the transports; Clan Lamont (British, 7250 GRT, built 1939), John Lind (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Moses Rogers (American, 7181 GRT, built 1942), Ralph A. Cram (American, 7207 GRT, built 1943), Sea Corporal (American, 8040 GRT, built 1944), Simon Bolivar (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943) and Swartenhondt (Dutch, 5084 GRT, built 1924).

The tankers; Bandelier (American, 10448 GRT, built 1944), E.H. Blum (American, 11638 GRT, built 1941), Joshua Tree (American, 10448 GRT, built 1945) and Pennsylvania Sun (American, 11394 GRT, built 1938).

Small Army cargo ships; FS-175 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-179 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-193 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944), FS-258 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944), FS-317 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944) and FS-361 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944).

The following Navy ships were also part of the convoy; destroyer tender USS Dobbin (T/Capt. S.Y. Cutler, USN), attack transport USS Banner (6010 GRT, built 1944) (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Pace, USNR), attack cargo USS Torrance (8172 GRT, built 1944) (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Euerle, USNR), stores ship USS Acubens (7176 GRT, built 1944) (Cdr. E.B. Ellis, USNR) and landing ship LCI(L)-608 (Lt.(jg) D.S. Bays, USNR).

The convoy was escorted by the frigates USS Allentown (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Cardwell, USCG), USS Charlottesville (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Shoemaker, Jr., USCGR), USS Sandusky (Lt.Cdr. T.R. Sargent, 3rd., USCG) and the destroyer escorts USS Pratt (Cdr. R.H. Wanless, USNR) and USS Rombach (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Gill, USN).

At 2000I/15, the Biak section of the convoy departed that place.

It was made up of the transports; Elco Victory (American, 7607 GRT, built 1944) and Robert W. Bingham (American, 7176 GRT, built 1944).

Also part of the Biak section were the Small Army cargo ships; FS-196 (American, 573 GRT, built 1944) and FS-253 (American, 560 GRT, built 1944).

They were escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt. M. Germaine, RANVR, temporary in command)

Around 0100I/16, USS Charlottesville parted company with the main body of the convoy to take over the escort of the Biak section from HMAS Vendetta which she did around 0230I/16. USS Charlottesville rejoined the main body of the convoy with the Biak section around 1245I/16.

The convoy arrived at San Pedro Bay (Leyte) around 1730I/20.

20 Jun 1945
USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, She was escorted in by USS Pratt (Cdr. R.H. Wanless, USNR).

At Subic Bay she was refitted by USS Howard W. Gilmore.

21 Jun 1945
USS Chub (Cdr. C.D. Rhymes, Jr., USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines. She was escorted in by USS Pratt (Cdr. R.H. Wanless, USNR).

At Subic Bay she was refitted by a relief crew of Submarine Division 222 and USS Howard W. Gilmore. She was also docked.

10 Aug 1945
USS Boarfish (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Blonts, Jr., USN) ended her 4th war patrol at Subic Bay. She was escorted in by USS Pratt (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ellis, USNR).

At Subic Bay she was refitted by USS Howard W. Gilmore.

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