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|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.
|186k||26 April 1943: Boston Harbor - Starboard bow view of the newly commissioned USS Wyffels (DE 6), off the Boston Navy Yard, where she was built.|
(U.S. Navy Photo from the United States Navy, 1st Naval District Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|283k||26 April 1943: off the Boston Navy Yard.||David Buell|
|28k||USS Wyffels (DE 6) on 30 August 1944 in Boston Harbor.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-382818 from the United States National Archives)
|Richard W. Jefferis|
|143k||06 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)
England, United Kingdom
|60k||ROCS Tai Kang (F-21) underway, date / location unknown|
|72k||04 February 1954: T'ai Kang (F-21) moored inboard of ROCS T'ai Ping (ex-USS Decker DE 47).|
|View the USS Wyffels (DE 6) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|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. CO)|
|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. CO) (Chadburn, N.C.)|
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