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USS Sanders (DE 40)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/4 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
Sanders (DE 40) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 September 1942: Keel laid as BDE-40 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 14 June 1943: Named Sanders
  • 15 June 1943: Redesignated DE 40
  • 18 June 1943: Launched
  • 01 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Arthur N. Daniels, USNR, in command
  • 31 October 1945: Decommissioned at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 08 May 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    106k Eugene Thomas Sanders (15 March 1899 - 07 December 1941) was born in Hubbard, Oregon. He enlisted in the Army on 16 June 1917, and was discharged on 13 February 1919. On 18 September 1919, he enlisted in the Navy and subsequently served in USS Brant, 4 December 1932 to 1 June 1934; in USS Finch, 30 August 1934 to 28 January 1936; at the naval station at Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 29 January 1936 to 3 April 1937; and in USS Canopus, 6 April 1937 to 10 March 1938. On 7 May 1940, Chief Boatswain Sanders reported to USS Arizona (BB 29). Appointed Ensign on 3 November 1941, he died in Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

    (His wife was Sarah "Sally" Sanders. In 1946 she married my uncle, Howard Van Meter, who was a chief in the Navy at the time. Sally and my uncle are both deceased now. Before my uncle died he gave me the pictures of Sally, WO Sanders, and other documents. In addition to these articles, I was also given WO Sanders sword which was found in the waters around the Arizona shortly after the attack, his Purple Heart Medal, and the bottle used to christen the USS Sanders by Sally in 1943.)

    USS Sanders (DE 40) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Mark Ledgerwood
    58k 18 June 1943: Puget Sound NSY - USS Sanders' Christening and Launch
    (Seattle branch of NARA, Record Group 181, Wartime Histories of Units, Pictorial History of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    169k 15 October 1943: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.

    Sanders History
    View the USS Sanders (DE 40) 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.

    Sanders' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Oct. 1943 - 29 Mar. 1944Lcdr. Arthur N. Daniels, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 29 Mar. 1944 - 05 Apr. 1944Lcdr. George N. Lindsay, Jr., USNR (New York, N.Y.)
    3.) 05 Apr. 1944 - 07 Apr. 1944Lcdr. Arthur N. Daniels, USNR
    4.) 07 Apr. 1944 - 08 Sep. 1945Lcdr. George N. Lindsay, Jr., USNR
    5.) 08 Sep. 1945 - 23 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Everett A. Rhoades, USNR (Wyeth, Mo.)
    6.) 24 Oct. 1944 - 31 Oct. 1945Lt(jg) Henry E. Perry, Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2002 Freemont Ohio
    Contact Name: Norman (Bud) Harman
    Address: 621 Conner Dr.
    City/State: Freemont OH 43420
    Phone: (419) 334-9551
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