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USS Ray K. Edwards

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USS Ray K. Edwards (APD-96), ex-DE-237, was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946. Namesake Ray Keith Edwards was born on 11 November 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 16 June 1941. He requested transfer to the United States Marine Corps and became a corporal on 23 February 1942. He was killed in action on 12 September 1942 during a Japanese air attack on Guadalcanal. He posthumously was awarded the Silver Star. Construction and commissioning Ray K. Edwards was laid down as the USS Ray K. Edwards (DE-237) on 1 December 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard in Charleston, South Carolina and was launched on 19 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Lena M. Edwards, Corporal Edwards' mother. The ship was reclassified as a and redesignated APD-96 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 11 June 1945. Service hist
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