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USS Howard F. Clark

Shown here is a undated wartime photo of USS Howard F. Clark (DE-533). This fine bow view shows much interesting detail, including the optical range-finder on the bridge, glass hinged windscreens for the watch officer and captain, and the loudspeaker 'squawk box' action communications system which relays directions to the forward gun and Hedgehog positions. Note the single 40 mm Bofors in No 2 position and the Hedgehog behind No 1 mount. All horizontal surfaces are painted a dark colour, probably Sea Blue. Note paint work stripped off by sea right forward (USN).

USS Howard F. Clark
Bigbird, Jan 24, 2009
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