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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; General Electric Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. April 12 1939.
Launched September 14 1940 and commissioned December 4 1940.
Decommissioned June 3 1946, Stricken January 24 1951.
To Greece January 22 1951, renamed Niki.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1972.

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[1] 97k

[2] 70k
Edward Walter Eberle was born in Denton, Texas, on 17 August 1864. Raised in Arkansas, he graduated from the the U.S. Naval Academy in 1885. Over the next decade he served in several ships and shore stations, demonstrating a talent for naval ordnance and gunnery. In 1896, after two years' duty at the U.S. Naval Academy, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Eberle was assigned to the new battleship Oregon (BB-3) and rendered distinguished service as one of her turret officers during the Battle of Santiago in July 1898. Lieutenant Eberle next served as the Asiatic Squadron's Flag Lieutenant, the first of a number of assignments that kept him close to the Navy's senior officers. In the early years of the New Century, he continued his ordnance studies and was one of the Navy's influential figures in this field. He was in charge of the Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla in 1911-13, during which time he received promotion to the rank of Captain. After more sea and shore service, he became Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, holding that position through the First World War. Rear Admiral Eberle commanded Atlantic Fleet battleship divisions in 1919-21, then, with the rank of Admiral, became Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. In 1923, Admiral Eberle was selected as the Navy's third Chief of Naval Operations. His four years in this position war marked by struggles to maintain the Navy's strength in the face of arms limitation treaties, financial stringency and political attacks on naval aviation. He was successful in obtaining funds to modernize battleships, begin construction of a force of heavy cruisers, and complete the aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3). Admiral Eberle was relieved as Chief of Naval Operations in November 1927 and served on the General Board until his retirement in August 1928. He died on 6 July 1929.

[1] Photo #: NH 48578-KN, Admiral Edward W. Eberle, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, 21 July 1923 - 14 November 1927 Portrait by J.C. Backus. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of the Eberle Family. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

[2] Digital ID: ggbain 15814, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
[1] Tony Cowart

[2] Bill Gonyo
Eberle 82kArtist's conception of the Eberle as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Eberle 104kUndated, location unknown.-
Eberle 279kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Eberle 35kUndated post card that was mailed October 6 1941.© Richard Leonhardt
Eberle 72kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Eberle 177kUSS Eberle (DD-430) launching at Bath, Maine, on 14 September 1940. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 91487.Mike Green
Eberle 117kUSS Eberle (DD-430) underway at sea, circa 1940-1941. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 73451.Robert Hurst
Eberle 48kHalifax, Nova Scotia circa 1942. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS.Tracy White
Eberle 108kUSS Eberle (DD-430) at an unknown location unknown, circa 1943. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 73452.Mike Green
Eberle 104kJanuary 1943, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Eberle 69kUSS Eberle (DD-430), New York Navy Yard, 8 June 1945. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 19-N-90620.Robert Hurst
On Greek Service
Eberle 28kCirca 1956, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Eberle 96kOn Greek service, HNS NIKI, D-63, ex- USS EBERLE, DD 430. NIKI in Greek translates to VICTORY. Undated but probably circa the 1960s.Anthony J. Vrailas
Eberle 161kNiki (65, ex-USS Eberle) underway in 1969, location unknown. Royal Hellenic Navy, Official.Robert Hurst

USS EBERLE DD-430 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edward Randolph Gardner Jr.    Dec 4 1940 - May 15 1942
LT Robert Stephens Ford    May 15 1942 - May 30 1942 (Acting) (Later RADM)
LCDR Karl Frederick Poehlmann    May 30 1942 - Mar 21 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Clare Brown Smiley    Mar 21 1944 - Nov 17 1944
LCDR Harry Curtis Transue    Nov 17 1944 - Oct 5 1945
LCDR Robert William Savage    Oct 5 1945 - Jun 3 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert M McKenzie
Address: 309 Catawba Ave, Newfield, NJ 08344-9515
Phone: 609-697-1587
E-mail: None

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