Allied Warships

USS Stewart (ii) (DE 238)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 238 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Jan 1942 
Laid down15 Jul 1942 
Launched22 Nov 1942 
Commissioned31 May 1943 
End service27 Mar 1946 

USS Stewart began her service operating out of Miami as a "school ship" training student officers. She escorted President Roosevelt in the presidential yacht down the Potomac River to rendezvous with USS Iowa in the Chesapeake bay for his mission to Casablanca and Tehran. In 1944, she commenced North Atlantic convoy operations, making 30 crossings with occasional enemy submarine and aircraft encounters. Heavy seas and icing conditions were frequent. Stewart moved to the Pacific theater in mid 1945, and conducted training exercises out of Pearl Harbor until the end of the war. She was decommissioned on 27 March 1946. Stricken on 1 October 1972. On 25 June 1974, Stewart was formally donated to Seawolf Park. She is the second ship named for Rear Admiral Charles Stewart who commanded another ship in the historic naval fleet, USS Constitution, from 1813 to 1815.


Commands listed for USS Stewart (ii) (DE 238)

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1Blaney Calatis Turner, USNR31 May 194318 Jan 1944
2Alvin Chesley Wilson, Jr., USNR18 Jan 1944late 1945

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Destroyers of World War Two

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