DE-384 General Specifications
Class: Edsall-class destroyer escort
Named for: Allison Phidel Rhodes
Complement: 8 Officers and 201 Enlisted
Displacement: 1253 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36.58 feet
Flank Speed: 21 knots
Range: 9 100 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold for scrapping 12 March 1975
USS RHODES (DE-384)
Rhodes (DE-384) was laid down by the Brown Shipbuilding Co.
19 April 1943; launched 29 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. C. E. Rhodes
mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Rhodes; and commissioned 25 October 1943
Lt. Comdr. E. A. Coffin
Following shakedown off Bermuda
manned by a Coast Guard crew and assigned to CortDiv 23
steamed to Norfolk
thence to New York to escort a convoy back to Norfolk. Returning to Norfolk 2 January 1944
she served as a training ship for prospective destroyer escort crews until the 13th
then sailed east
escorting convoy UGS-30 to Gibraltar where ships of the Royal Navy relieved CortDiv 23. Returning 23 February
she departed Norfolk 13 March for Bizerte escorting the 98-ship convoy UGS-36. Two days out of Bizerte
the convoy was attacked by German bombers and torpedo planes. In the quarter-hour engagement
the escorts and naval guncrews spashed five of the Luftwaffe's "eagles" and kept damage to the "prey" to one cargo ship
which was subsequently towed to Oran. On the 3d the convoy reached Lake Bizerte and on the 11th got underway for New York
arriving 2 May.
and exercises at Casco Bay
preceded another convoy run to Bizerte where Allied forces were gathering to push further into Axis controlled Europe. Rhodes completed that run at Boston 11 July and
shifted to the North Atlantic sealanes
escorting six convoys to the United Kingdom and France during the remainder of the war in Europe.
After V-E day
Rhodes was transferred
with her division
to the Pacific. Transiting the Panama Canal in mid-June 1945
she sailed north
arriving at Adak 8 July and reporting to Commander
Alaskan Sea Frontier
for duty as an escort and air-sea rescue vessel. Detached a week later and temporarily assigned to TF 92
she escorted that fleet's service group during antishipping strikes in the Sea of Okhotsk and the bombardment of the Kuriles (15-21 July). Then resuming operations for the Alaskan Sea Frontier
she remained in the Aleutians until mid-November
when she sailed for Okinawa. Arriving at Buckner Bay 25 November
she joined the 7th Fleet and in December got underway for Tsingtao
where she supported occupation troops until 11 February 1946. She then sailed for the east coast of the United States.
Rhodes retransited the Panama Canal 19 March and arrived at Charleston to begin inactivation on the 25th. Assigned to the Florida Group
Atlantic Reserve Fleet
she moved south in April and decommissioned 13 June 1946.
Rhodes remained berthed at Mayport until 24 July 1954
when she got underway for Norfolk to begin conversion to a radar picket escort ship. Reclassified DER-384
1 December 1954
she recommissioned 1 August 1955 and on 12 September reported for duty in the Atlantic Fleet.
Assigned to CortRon 18
Rhodes conducted exercises in the Caribbean until late November
then returned to Norfolk where she remained into the new year
1956. Then sailing north
she arrived at Newport
10 January and commenced 8 years of service on the Atlantic Barrier Patrol
the seaward extension of the DEW Line. During that period she served on various stations from Argentia to the Azores
interspersing such duty with exercises and operations in the Caribbean
in October-November 1962
participation in the Cuban Quarantine. In 1963 Rhodes was again ordered inactivated and in April she steamed to Philadelphia to begin preparations. Decommissioned 10 July 1963
she remains at Philadelphia into 1974
berthed there as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Rhodes earned one battle star during World War II.