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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 28 1942.
Launched March 21 1943 and commissioned May 28 1943.
Decommissioned May 31 1946 and recommissioned May 19 1951.
Decommissioned June 27 1958.
Stricken June 2 1975.
To South Korea May 16 1963, renamed Chung Mu.
Stationary training Vessel since 1983.
Fate Reported to have been broken up.

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Henry Erben, born in New York City 5 September 1832, entered the Navy as a midshipman 17 June 1848. He gave distinguished service in the Civil War, commanding the ironclads St. Louis and Sumter in the Mississippi, and Pinola in the Gulf of Mexico, and with the naval howitzer battery which served with the Army during the Antietam campaign. He retired 6 September 1894, but returned to duty during the Spanish-American War, commanding the Patrol Fleet which guarded the coast of the United States from Galveston to Bar Harbor. Rear Admiral Erben died in New York City 23 October 1909. First image Digital ID: det 4a15102, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs. Second image source unknown.Bill Gonyo
Erben 102kArtist's conception of the Erben as she appeared in late 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
Erben 164kUndated, location unknown.-
Erben 108kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Erben 46kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Erben 67kUndated, location unknown.Fran Hupfer
Erben 144kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Erben 119kLaunching March 21 1943 at Bath Iron Works.D. Weiss
Erben 163kUSS Monterey (CVL-26) maneuvers to recover planes planes during operations in the Bismarcks-New Guinea area, March 1944. Photographed from USS Santee (CVE-29). Bow of USS Erben (DD-631) is in the foreground. Note details of her forward 5"/38 gun mount and crewmen lounging on her foredeck. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Erben 97kNavy Photo 949-45, aft plan view of USS Erben (DD 631) outboard of USS Hale (DD 642) at Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Erben 102kNavy Photo 950-45, amidships view of USS Erben (DD 631) outboard of USS Hale (DD 642) at Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945. Fuel barge is outboard of Erben.Darryl Baker
Erben 94kNavy Photo 1022-45, bow on view of USS Erben (DD 631) departing Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Erben 158kNavy Photo 1024-45, broadside view of USS Erben (DD 631) off Mare Island on 8 Feb 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 22 Dec 44 until 9 Feb 45.Darryl Baker
Erben 151kNavy Photo 1027-45, stern view of USS Erben (DD 631) in the Mare Island channel on 8 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Erben 142kUSS Erben, NA 80G278649, seen from USS Shangri-La, September 1945.John Chiquoine
Erben 107kSan Diego, CA 1953.Marc Piché
Erben 82kSailing in WestPac Circa 1953-4.Bill Abbott (ex DD-760)
Erben 128kDestroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS Halsey Powell (DD-686) and USS Gregory (DD-802). Behind them are (left to right): USS Shields (DD-596); USS Colahan (DD-658); USS Marshall (DD-676) and USS Porterfield (DD-682). USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) is tied up in the left distance, at Naval Air Station, North Island. Structure in the bottom center is the "Naval Destroyer Boat House". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Erben 115kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes
Erben 135kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
On Republic of Korea Service
Erben 86kChung Mu, DD 91, (ex-USS Erben, DD-631) at anchor, circa 1964, location unknown. Photo Korean Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Erben 142kJinhae Naval Port, Pier 2 in 1970lilsea
Erben 68kAs the ROKS ChungMu (DD-911), ROK Navy changed Hull No. in 1979 to 91.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Erben 67kAs above.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Erben 136kAs above.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Erben 82kAs above.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Erben 57kLeft : Hull No. 911 - ROKS ChungMu (DD-911) ex-USS Erben(DD-631), center : Hull No. 917 - ROKS DaeGu (DD-917) ex-USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) and right : Hull No. 925 - ROKS JeonJu (DD-925) ex-USS Rogers (DDR-876).Kyeong Weon, Cheon

USS ERBEN DD-631 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joseph Henry Nevins Jr.    May 28 1943 - Dec 18 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Morgan Slayton    Dec 18 1943 - Mar 3 1945
LCDR William Hutton Snyder    Mar 3 1945 - Dec 9 1945
LT Stanley P. Wyatt Jr.    Dec 9 1945 - Feb 20 1946
CDR William Henry Deibler Jr.    Feb 20 1946 - May 31 1946
(Decommissioned May 31 1946 - May 19 1951)
CDR Crittenden Battelle Taylor    May 19 1951 - Jun 1952
CDR Harvey Kermode    Jun 1952 - Oct 1953
CDR William Arthur Keefe    Oct 1953 - ?
CDR Eugene Thomas Bradley Sullivan    Nov 6 1955 - Jul 1957

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

DESRON 48 Association has been dissolved or “decommissioned” as of October of 2010.

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