Allied Warships

USS Raby (DE 698)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 698 
Built byDefoe Boat and Marine Works. (Bay City, Michigan, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Oct 1942 
Laid down7 Jun 1943 
Launched3 Sep 1943 
Commissioned7 Dec 1943 
End service22 Dec 1953 

Decommissioned 22 December 1953.
Stricken 1 June 1968.
Sold 18 July 1969 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Raby (DE 698)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. James Scott, 2nd, USN7 Dec 1943Aug 1944
2Lt. John L Slade, USNRAug 1944Sep 1945
3J M Regan, USNRSep 1945

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Notable events involving Raby include:

11 Mar 1945
During 11/12 March 1945, USS Devilfish (T/Lt.Cdr. S.S. Mann, Jr., USN) and USS Spadefish (T/Cdr. W.J. Germershausen, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Guam with USS Baron (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Dickerson, USNR), USS Raby (Lt. J.L. Slade, USNR) and USS PC-824 (Lt. J.D. Ludwig, USNR). These included night exercises.

28 Mar 1945
USS Crevalle (Cdr. E.H. Steinmetz, USN) departed from Guam for her patrol area. She was escorted out by USS Raby (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Slade, USNR).

20 Apr 1945
USS Bowfin (Cdr. A.K. Tyree, USN) conducted exercises off Guam together with USS Baron (Lt.Cdr. W.M. Dickerson, USNR), USS Greenlet (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Hodgson, Jr., USN) and USS Raby (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Slade, USNR).

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin

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