USS Thomas (DE-102)
|Name:||USS Thomas (DE-102)|
|Namesake:||Clarence Crase Thomas|
|Builder:||Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Laid down:||16 January 1943|
|Launched:||31 July 1943|
|Commissioned:||21 November 1943|
|Struck:||22 December 1948|
|Fate:||Transferred to China, 14 December 1948|
|Name:||ROCS Tai Ho (DE-23)|
|Acquired:||14 December 1948|
|Out of service:||1972|
|Fate:||Stricken and scrapped, 1972|
|Class and type:||Cannon-class destroyer escort|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||36 ft 8 in (11.2 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 9 in (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
|Range:||10,800 nmi. at 12 knots|
|Complement:||15 officers, 201 enlisted|
The second USS Thomas was a Cannon class destroyer escort in the United States Navy during World War II. She was laid down by Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa., on 16 January 1943; launched on 31 July 1943; and commissioned on 21 November 1943.
Thomas operated off the east coast during World War II, and was involved in the sinking of three German submarines: U-709, U-233, and U-548. U-233 was rammed by the Thomas after being forced to the surface by depth charges. Thomas rescued 29 survivors, including the Captain.
After being decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Florida in March 1946, Thomas was transferred to the Chinese Navy on 29 October 1948 and renamed Tai Ho (DE-23). Her name was deleted from the US Naval List on 22 December 1948.
"Tai Ho" was involved in a standdown on 30 September 1949 with three American merchant ships of the Isbrandtsen Line off Shanghai. No explanation was given as to the cause but given the location of the incident, it would be fair guess that the "Tai Ho" was trying to blockade supplies from getting into the city. One American skipper radioed that an "armed ship was mencing" his vessel. Eventually the ROC vessel pulled away without further action. (AP Wire (ajb208th centurytr) 1949)
DE-102 received four battle stars for World War II service.
|Combat Action Ribbon|
|American Campaign Medal||European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 4 service stars||World War II Victory Medal|
- Blackman, Raymond V. B., ed. Jane's Fighting Ships 1972–1973. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973. p. 311.
- "Thomas (6116709)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
- USS Thomas page at hazegray.org
- USS Thomas page at ibiblio.net
- "Thomas II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command.
- USS Thomas page on uboat.net
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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