Allied Warships

USS Harmon (DE 678)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 678 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered29 Oct 1942 
Laid down31 May 1943 
Launched25 Jul 1943 
Commissioned31 Aug 1943 
End service25 Mar 1947 

Decommissioned 25 March 1947.
Stricken 1 August 1965.
Sold 30 January 1967 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Harmon (DE 678)

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1Lt. Kendall Endicott Read, USNR31 Aug 194315 Jan 1944
2Townsend U. Weekes, USNR15 Jan 194412 May 1945
3Robert W. Steel, USNR12 May 1945Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Harmon include:

23 Dec 1943
Around 0600L/23, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) departed Brisbane to make rendezvous with the submarine tender USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) and her current escort USS Harmon (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Read, USNR).

Rendezvous was effected in position 26°32'S, 156°16'E around 1800K/23.

USS Harmon then parted company and set course for Noumea.

HMAS Stuart and USS Orion arrived at Brisbane around 1020L/24. (1)

7 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR), USS Harmon (Lt.Cdr. T.U. Weekes, USNR), USS ATR-26 (Lt. J.H. Kelly, USN) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

18 May 1945
USS Dentuda (Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Harmon (Lt. R.W. Steel, USNR).

15 Jul 1945
USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Harmon (Lt. R.W. Steel, USNR), USS Seagull and USS Stickleback (Cdr. H.K. Nauman, USN).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943

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