USS Farquhar
DE 139 (Edsall class)

Courtesy of Navsource

Authorized:       ?
Builder:          Consolidated Steel Corp., Texas
Laid Down:        December 14, 1942
Launched:         February 13, 1943
Commissioned:     August 5, 1943
Decommissioned:   June 14, 1946
Fate:             Stricken October 1, 1972
                  Sold March 21 1974 and broken 
                  up for scrap

We are seeking information on the USS Farquhar and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The Edsall Class as Constructed

Displacement:   1,200 tons fully loaded.
Length:         306'        
Beam:           36' 7"         
Draught:        8' 7"       
Machinery:      4 Fairbanks Morse Model 38d81/8 Geared 
                diesel Engines; 6000 SHP; 2 screws.  
Performance:    21 kts.  
Guns:           (3) 3"   
Torpedoes:      (3) 21"
Depth Charge:   8 dcp., I dcp. hh
Compliment:     186

The E-mail:

Subject: USS Farquhar (DE-139)
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000
From: Penny Huggins
To: Destroyers Online

Mark or Brad,

I am writing to ask for your help. I found your E-mail link in the Destroyers Online web-site.

In the Destroyers Online site there is a page about the DE-138 (Douglas Howard) and a request for information. I was unable to find a link directly from the DE-138 page, (Edsall Class DE).

My father served in WWII on the DE-139, (USS Farquhar) in the North Atlantic and Pacific. (I am sorry to say that my father passed away this past June 10th. His name was Dudley Huggins, from Roanoke, Virginia. He was EM1 when honorably discharged in 1946 and was a member of DESA.)

Apparently the Douglas Howard (DE-138), the Fiske(DE-143), and the Farquhar(DE-139) were assigned to the Escort Carrier Wake Island (CVE-65). The CVE-65 put into Casablanca July 20-24, 1944. On August 2, 1944, the De-138 and the DE-143 were detached from task group to investigate a sonar contact. The Fiske was sunk by torpedo. My father's ship, the Farquhar, picked up survivors of the the Fiske after the sinking.

I am currently researching the DE-139, and trying to piece together a history of the ship's service.

I would appreciate any help, links, or leads you could offer. Since these ships were close to each other in fate, (launch dates were only a month or so apart), their stories will undoubtedly be linked.

If you cannot reply, please forward this message to interested persons.

Thank You for any help you are able to provide,

Penny L. Huggins

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