Allied Warships

USS Vance (DE 387)

Destroyer Escort of the Edsall class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 387 
Built byBrown Shipbuilding Co. (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down30 Apr 1943 
Launched16 Jul 1943 
Commissioned1 Nov 1943 
End service10 Oct 1969 

Decommissioned 27 February 1946.
Loaned to the United States Coast Guard and (re)commissioned by them as WDE-487 on 15 May 1952.
Returned to the U.S.N. and decommissioned 16 June 1954.
Reclassified as DER-387 on 21 October 1955.
Recommissioned 5 October 1956.
Decommissioned 10 October 1969.
Stricken 1 June 1975.
Sunk as a target in 1985.


Commands listed for USS Vance (DE 387)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric A. Anderson, USCG1 Nov 194331 May 1944
2Frank V. Helmer, USCG31 May 194415 Jun 1945
3Joseph James McClelland, USCG15 Jun 194527 Feb 1946

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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