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USS Wyman (DE 38)

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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/ 6 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
Wyman (DE 38) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1942: Keel laid as BDE-38 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 03 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joe L. Aprill
  • 16 June 1943: Transfer to the United Kingdom cancelled, redesignated DE 38
  • 23 June 1943: Named Wyman
  • 01 September 1943: Commissioned at Pier 6, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Lcdr. Robert W. Copeland, USNR, in command
  • 17 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2.3 years of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 April 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal. (completed 14 March 1948)
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    Wyman 10k Eldon P. Wyman, born in Portland, Ore., on 11 January 1917, attended the University of Oregon from 1936 to 1940 before he enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an apprentice seaman on 22 August 1940 at Portland. After training in USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37), he accepted an appointment as midshipman in the Naval Reserve on 17 March 1941. Attending the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Northwestern University, Chicago, 111., Wyman was commissioned ensign on 12 June and reported to USS Oklahoma (BB 37) on 19 July. That battleship subsequently operated out of Pearl Harbor as a unit of Battleship Division 1 on exercises in the Hawaiian operating area and off the west coast as tensions increased in the Pacific and in the Far East. By early in December 1941, Wyman was serving as junior watch officer of the ship's "F" (fire control) division. Moored outboard of Maryland (BB 46) on that "day of infamy," Oklahoma took four aerial torpedoes and rolled over at her berth; among those trapped within the doomed ship's hull was Ensign Eldon P. Wyman.

    USS Wyman (DE 38) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB-37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Bill Gonyo
    Wyman 102k 07 September 1942: USS Greiner (DE 37) and USS Wyman (DE 38) were laid down the same day during a Labor Day celebration at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Source is Seattle NARA, RG-181) Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    Wyman 88k port side, undated -

    Wyman History
    View the USS Wyman (DE 38) 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.
    View the official War History of USS Wyman as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Wyman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Sep. 1943 - 01 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Robert Witcher Copeland, USNR (Comm. CO)(Tacoma, Wash.)
    2.) 01 Feb. 1944 - 01 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Edwin Peter Parker, USNR
    3.) 01 Jun. 1945 - 01 Oct. 1945Lt. Dudley Talbot, USNR
    4.) 01 Oct. 1945 - 17 Dec. 1945Lt. Robert Edward Jose, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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