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USS Engstrom (DE-50)
USS Engstrom (DE-50).jpg
27 February 1945: Broadside view of Engstrom. She was under overhaul at Mare Island from 19 January until 27 February 1945.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Engstrom (DE-50)
Laid down: 1 April 1942
Launched: 24 July 1942 as HMS Drury (BDE-50)
Commissioned: 21 June 1943 as USS Engstrom (DE-50)
Decommissioned: 19 December 1945
Struck: 8 January 1946
Fate: Sold for scrap on 26 December 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Evarts class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,140 (standard), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) (waterline), 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) (overall))
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draft: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) (max)
  • 4 General Motors Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive
  • 6,000 shp
  • 2 screws
Speed: 19 kn (35 km/h)
Range: 4,150 nm
Complement: 15 officers, 183 enlisted
Armament: 3 × 3 in/50 cal Mk 22 dual purpose guns (1x3), 4 × 1.1 in/75 cal Mk 2 AA guns (1x4), 9 × Oerlikon 20 mm Mk 4 AA cannons, 1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk 10 (144 rounds), 8 × Mk 6 depth charge projectors, 2 × Mk 9 depth charge tracks

USS Engstrom (DE-50) was an Evarts class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and returned home safely to the States.

She was launched on 24 July 1942 by Philadelphia Navy Yard as HMS Drury (BDE-50); reallocated to the USN; assigned the name Engstrom on 4 March 1943; and commissioned on 21 June 1943, Lieutenant D. A. Nienstedt in command.

Service history

World War II

Engstrom sailed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 20 August 1943 for Norfolk, Virginia, where she joined a convoy bound for the Panama Canal Zone and San Diego, California, arriving on the west coast on 9 September. On the 27th, she got underway for Adak and over a year of duty in northern waters. Often fighting weather almost as dangerous as the enemy, she escorted combatant and auxiliary ships, acted as radar picket ship for air operations between Attu and Paramushiro, and screened surveying ships.

The escort vessel returned to Mare Island, California, on 19 January 1945 for overhaul and, after training at Pearl Harbor, sailed on convoy duty to Eniwetok and Saipan, her base from 31 March through the end of the war for escort assignments to Eniwetok, Ulithi, Guam, and Iwo Jima. The men and supplies, whose movement she guarded, saw action on Okinawa.


From 12 September-11 October 1945, Engstrom patrolled out of Guam. She reached San Pedro, California on 24 October, and was decommissioned on 19 December 1945, being sold on 26 December 1946.


American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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