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  • Rear-Admiral Richard Inch (1843 - 1911)
    Richard Inch From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Richard Inch Born June 29, 1843 Washington, D.C. Died April 21, 1911 (aged 67) Washington, D.C. Allegiance United St...

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This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (January 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) History United States Name: Inch Namesake: Richard Inch Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas Laid down: 19 January 1943 Launched: 4 April 1943 Commissioned: 8 September 1943 Decommissioned: 17 May 1946 Struck: 1 October 1972 Fate: Sold for scrap, 21 March 1974 General characteristics Class and type: Edsall-class destroyer escort Displacement: 1,253 tons standard 1,590 tons full load Length: 306 ft (93 m) Beam: 36.58 ft (11.15 m) Draft: 10.42 ft (3.18 m) full load Propulsion: 4 FM diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6,000 shp (4,500 kW) 2 screws Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h) Range: 9,100 nmi (16,900 km; 10,500 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) Complement: 8 officers, 201 enlisted Armament: 3 × single 3 in (76 mm)/50 guns 1 × twin 40 mm AA guns 8 × single 20 mm AA guns 1 × triple 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes 8 × depth charge projectors 1 × depth charge projector (hedgehog) 2 × depth charge tracks USS Inch (DE-146) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy during World War II. The ship was named after Rear Admiral Richard Inch, who served with distinction during the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War. Inch was laid down on 19 January 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp, Orange, Texas. The ship was launched on 4 April 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Philip L. Inch, the daughter-in-law of Admiral Inch. Inch was commissioned on 8 September 1943, Lieutenant Commander C. W. Frey in command.

Contents 1 Service history 1.1 Atlantic operations 1.2 Pacific operations and fate 2 Awards 3 See also 4 References 5 External links Service history Atlantic operations Following shakedown off Bermuda, Inch began convoy escort operations from New York to Norfolk. Early in 1944 she joined a special hunter-killer group in the Atlantic, built around the escort carrier USS Croatan. The ships sailed on 24 March for the convoy lanes to search for German U-boats. During the months that followed, Inch took part in many attacks on submarines.

On the evening of 11 June the ship, in company with USS Frost and USS Huse, the three ships made contact with a submarine and proceeded to attack. After over 40 depth charges, the submarine surfaced, signaling SOS. Suspecting a ruse, Inch and her companions opened fire and destroyed German submarine U-490. The entire crew of 60 German sailors was rescued by the escorts. Soon after the attack on U-490, the escort vessels, operating as usual in concert with aircraft from Croatan, detected another submarine. They attacked 3 July and scored another kill, this time on U-154. Inch remained on this duty until reaching New York on 14 May 1945.

Pacific operations and fate Inch had had only brief in-port periods the preceding year, and after repairs conducted her second shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With the submarine war in the Atlantic won, Inch sailed to the Pacific, departing the Canal Zone 23 July. She touched at San Diego, California, and Pearl Harbor, and remained in Hawaiian waters for exercises designed to train her for the planned invasion of Japan. Soon after her arrival 12 August, however, the capitulation was announced.

After completing training and readiness exercises, Inch sailed 5 September for Norfolk, Virginia, via the Panama Canal, and arrived 28 September 1945. She decommissioned on 17 May 1946, entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, and was berthed at Norfolk.

Awards American Campaign Medal with two battle stars European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two battle stars Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal See also List of United States Navy ships References This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. External links Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships USS INCH DE 146 Commissioning Ceremony U 490 POWs Aboard USS Inch DE 146 NavSource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive DE-146 USS INCH