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|Delmore "Verdi" Sederstrom was born to Oscar and Alice (Dahlberg) Sederstrom in Montevideo, Minn., on 03 July 1916. In 1930, the family moved to Salem, Oregon. He was a
member of the Salem High School class of 1935 and graduated with honors from the University of Oregon in 1939. On 17 January 1941 he was commissioned Ensign, in the Supply Corps, U.S. Naval
Reserve. From March to July of that year, he attended the Naval Finance and Supply School at Philadelphia; and, on 31 August, he reported for duty as paymaster in the battleship USS
Oklahoma (BB 37).
Three months and seven days later, on 07 December 1941, he was onboard Oklahoma, moored at Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row 7. He is believed to have been working on payroll the morning of the attack, and was one of 415 crewmembers killed in action after five direct hits from Japanese torpedoes caused Oklahoma to capsize. Missing after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Ensign Sederstrom was officially declared dead as of 07 December 1941.
After the attack, Ensign Sederstrom's remains were unidentifiable and he was interred in a mass grave at Pearl Harbor. In 2016, 75 years later, his remains were identified through DNA and dental records. Ensign Delmore "Verdi" Sederstrom returned to the United States and was reinterred at Arlington National Cemetery on 26 April 2017.
USS Sederstrom (DE 31) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Upper photo from the Oregon Encyclopedia, a Project of the Oregon Historical Society)
(Lower photo from the Statesman Journal, Salem Oregon)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|122k||15 June 1943: Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Sederstrom (DE 31) at Mare Island. Left to right: Mr. I. H. Whitthorne, Mrs. F. W. Scanland, Capt.
F. W. Scanland, Mrs. W. L. Friedell, Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. Thomas D. O'Dea (Sponsor), Mr. John McCormack, Mrs. John McCormack (Matron of Honor), Mr. S. J. Lundblad,
Mrs. Julia O'Dea, Capt. F.C. Crisp, Master Michael J. O'Dea, Mr. Thomas O'Dea.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4379-43)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|96k||15 June 1943: Mrs. John McCormack (Matron of Honor) and Mrs. Thomas D. O'Dea (Sponsor) are shown prior to the launching of Sederstrom at Mare Island Navy Yard.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4382-43)
|113k||15 June 1943: Sederstrom is at the end of the building ways at her launching.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4376-43)
|140k||07 July 1943: Sederstrom is seen being outfitted at Mare Island. USS Fleming (DE 32) is
to the right. The ships are berthed at the foot of the building ways used to construct them.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4823-43)
|View the USS Sederstrom (DE 31) 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.|
|Sederstrom's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 11 Sep. 1943 - 21 Mar. 1944||Lcdr. Lyman Maurice King Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (San Bernardino, Cal.)|
|2.) 21 Mar. 1944 - 26 May 1945||Lcdr. Joseph Peter Farley|
|3.) 26 May 1945 - 18 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. Bartholemew Henry Bossidy|
|4.) 18 Sep. 1945 - 15 Nov. 1945||Lt. Paul Dana Jr. (Decomm. CO)|
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