USS Harveson
DE/DER-316 (Edsall Class)


Courtesey of Archie M. Mustard

Builder:        Consolidated, Orange Texas
Laid Down:      March 9, 1943
Launched:       May 22, 1943
Commissioned:   Oct 12, 1943
Decommissioned: May 9, 1947
Commissioned:   Feb 12, 1951 as DER-316
Decommissioned: Jun 30, 1960
Fate:           Stricken October 1, 1972

We are seeking information on the USS Harveson and her crews. Files and photos may be emailed to us and we will incorporate them into this page.

The Edsall Class as Constructed

Displacement:  1,253 Tons (Standard) 1,602 Tons (Full Load)
Length:        306 Feet Overall - 300 Feet at Waterline
Beam:          36 Feet 7 Inches
Draught:       10 Feet 5 Inches (mean)
Machinery:     2-Shaft Fairbanks Morse Diesels
Performance:   6,000 bhp for 21 knots
Bunkerage:     320 Tons
Range:         10,800 Nautical Miles at 12 knots
Guns:          Three 3-inch; Two 40 mm; Ten 20 mm
Torpedoes:     Thre 21-inch


Subj: USS Harveson DER-316
Date: 03/21/2000
From: Archie M. Mustard

Some time ago, I submitted information regarding an Edsall Class DE, the USS HARVESON (DE 316) I served aboard in 1959-1960 when she had been converted to the FIRST Radar Picket Escort Vessel, i.e. USS HARVESON (DER 316). The site, Destroyers Online, identifies this ship as the "Harveston." This is incorrect.

The USS Harveson was named for Lieutenant (jg) Herold Aloysius Harveson, who was killed in action on December 7, 1941, while serving in USS Utah at Pearl Harbor.

In August, 1957, she was assigned to Escort Squadron Seven based at Pearl Harbor with the mission of manning Pacific early warning stations defending the continental United States from surprise attack --- The Pacific Barrier Patrol.

Attached and submitted is a photo of the USS HARVESON (DER 316) leaving Pearl Harbor for patrol in 1959. I hope you will be able to correct the information on the site and use the photo.

Thank you,

Archie M. Mustard, Lt(jg), USNR (ret.)


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