: The ship pictured anchored at Wake Island is likely the USS Rinehart, commanded by Woody Hayes during World War II. It was commissioned in February 1944 and built in Newark, New Jersey. Between May 1944 and May 1945, she made escort voyages on the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to Tunisia, the United Kingdom and France. The ship was then sent to the Pacific Ocean where she was used as an escort and a weather ship until returning to the United States in February 1946. The Rinehart was out of commission by July 1946. In 1950 the ship was transferred to the Netherlands and sailed in the Dutch Navy until 1967.
Hayes enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1941, and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander during World War II. He commanded PC 1251 in the Palau Islands invasion and the destroyer-escort USS Rinehart in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations.
Born Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes in Clifton, Ohio, in 1913, Hayes is best-known for his 28 seasons as head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He died in 1987. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Ships; Cultural Ohio--Ohio Sports; World War, 1939-1945; Hayes, Woody, 1913-1987 Places
: USS Rinehart anchored at Wake Island photograph