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USS Fair (DE 35)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - P - U
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars- WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Fair (DE 35) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 February 1943: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 27 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. V. N. Fair, Jr., widow of Lieutenant (junior grade) Fair; and commissioned 23 October 1943,
  • 23 October 1943: Commissioned at Hunters Point Navy Yard Annex, Lt. D. S. Crocker, USNR, in command
  • 04 February 1944: Fair, in company with the destroyer Charrette (DD 581) sank Japanese submarine I-175, 100 miles north of Jaluit, the Marshall Islands
  • 17 November 1945: Decommissioned at Portland, Ore. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 28 May 1947: Transferred to the U.S. Army for loan to Canada, returned to USN 1948
  • 29 January 1948: Sold to the A.G. Schoonmaker Co. Inc., New York City, N.Y.; scrapped by the Zidell Corp., Portland, Ore.
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    134k 02 July 1943: Bow view of Fair is seen on the building ways at Mare Island. The USS Manlove (DE 36) is to the left.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-4817-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    183k 02 July 1943: Stern view of Fair seen on the building ways at Mare Island. The USS Manlove (DE 36) is to the right.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-4816-43)
    89k 27 July 1943: Distinguished guests at the launching of USSFair (DE 35) at Mare Island. Left to right: Capt. F. W. Scanland, Mrs. F. G. Crisp, Miss Jeanette Fair (Maid of Honor), Mr. Victor N. Fair, Sr., Mrs. Victor N. Fair, Jr., (Sponsor), Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mr. & Ms. B. J. Ramsaur (Parents of the Sponsor), Capt. F. G. Crisp, and Mrs. W. L. Friedell.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-5379-43)
    81k 27 July 1943: Miss Jeanette Fair (Maid of Honor), left, and Mrs. Victor N. Fair, Jr. (Sponsor) are seen at the bow of the soon to be launched Fair at Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-5384-43)
    64k 27 July 1943: Fair immediately after her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-5375-43)
    156k September 1943: The USS Fair (DE 35) at Hunters Point for additional outfitting in September 1943.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-35-5019-43)
    118k undated wartime image, from crewmember Eugene H. Fogarty Kathy Casteel & Michael Brooks
    Eugene's daughter and grandson


    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Fair History
    View the USS Fair (DE 35) 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.

    Fair's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 23 Oct. 1943 - 04 Jul. 1944Lcdr. Douglas Schocke Crocker, USNR (Comm. CO) (Rockville Center, N.Y.)
    2.) 04 Jul. 1944 - 29 May 1945Lcdr. William Edward Biggerstaff, USNR
    3.) 02 Jul. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Robert Barber Silleck, USNR (OCS '40) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    4.) 10 Oct. 1945 - 06 Nov. 1945Lt. David James Thorp, USNR
    5.) 06 Nov. 1945- 17 Nov. 1945Lt. James Vincent Rosapepe, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Youngstown, Oh.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion:
    2003 at Westminster CO
    Contact Name: Ed Morgan
    Address: 611 Emerson St. Apt. 323
    City/State: Lindenwold NJ 08021
    Phone: (856) 435-2781
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