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USS Kleinsmith (DE-376)
Career (US)
Name: Kleinsmith
Namesake: Chief Watertender Charles Kleinsmith (1904-1942), U.S. Navy Navy Cross recipient
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction cancelled 6 June 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: John C. Butler-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,350 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36 ft 8 in (11 m)
Draft: 9 ft 5 in (3 m)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp; 2 propellers
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 12 kt
Complement: 14 officers, 201 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 guns (2×1)
4 × 40 mm AA guns (2×2)
10 × 20 mm AA guns (10×1)
3 × 21 in. torpedo tubes (1×3)
8 × depth charge projectors
1 × depth charge projector (hedgehog)
2 × depth charge tracks

The first USS Kleinsmith (DE-376) would have been a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, the first Navy ship named for Chief Watertender Charles Kleinsmith (1904–1942), who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Battle of Midway.

The name Kleinsmith was assigned to DE-376 on 31 May 1944, but construction of the ship was cancelled on 6 June 1944.

Subsequently, the name Kleinsmith was reassigned to a Rudderow-class destroyer escort, USS Kleinsmith (DE-718), which was converted during construction into the Crosley-class fast transport USS Kleinsmith (APD-134).

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