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|128k||Artist's conception of Wyffels 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, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|46k||Lawrence Edward Wyffels was born on 20 January 1915 in Marshall, Minn. and enlisted in the United States Navy on 17 March 1936. He served in Enterprise (CV 6); and was advanced to carpenter on 25 June 1942. He was killed in enemy action on 26 October 1942 when Enterprise suffered bomb damage during the Battle of Santa Cruz Island. Disregarding his own safety, Carpenter Wyffels courageously fought the blaze ignited by bombs and repeatedly entered burning compartments to rescue the wounded trapped inside. Carpenter Wyffels was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his intrepid devotion to duty.
USS Wyffels (DE 6) (1943-1945) was the first ship named in his honor.
|283k||26 April 1943: off the Boston Navy Yard||David Buell|
|28k||1943||Richard W. Jefferis, Seaman 1c|
|143k||6 September 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Wyffels (DE 6) underway east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts (41 47'N, 69 10'W). She is wearing Camouflage Measure 31, Design 3D and was photographed from a ZP-11 blimp. (U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-280022, now in the collections of the National Archives)||Robert Hurst|
|60k||ROCS Tai Kang (F-21) underway, date / location unknown|
|72k||4 February 1954: T'ai Kang (F-21) moored inboard of ROCS T'ai Ping (ex-USS Decker DE 47).|
|Wyffels' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Apr. 1943 - 12 Oct. 1943||Lt. Robert Messinger Hinckley, Jr., USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 12 Oct. 1943 - 22 Feb. 1944||Lt. Claude Singley Farmer, USNR|
|3.) 22 Feb. 1944 - 07 Mar. 1945||Lt. Stanley Norman Gleis, USNR|
|4.) 07 Mar. 1945 - 28 Aug. 1945||Lt. Leroy Charles Hand, Jr., USNR (decomm.)|
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