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USS Mitchell (DE 43)

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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/9 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
Mitchell (DE 43) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1943: Keel laid as BDE-43 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
  • 16 June 1943: Redesignated DE 43
  • 23 June 1943: Named Mitchell
  • 01 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Albert E. Mitchell, the widow of Ensign Mitchell
  • 17 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. M. S. Erdahl, USNR, in command
  • 29 December 1945: Decommissioned at Kaiserís Victory Ship Yard, Richmond, Cal. after 2 years and 1⅓ months of service, struck from the NVR
  • 11 December 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Puget Sound Navigation Co., Seattle, Wash.

    Note: In 1954 Mitchell's engines and drive motors were used in the construction of the ferry Evergreen State, being built for the Washington State Ferry System.

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    33k Albert Edward Mitchell was born in Seattle, Wash. on 25 December 1914 and attended the University of Washington. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class 20 December 1940 for flight training at Seattle and Corpus Christi, where he was designated a naval aviator 30 September 1941 and commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to Patrol Squadron 42, and was the captain of a PBY Catalina. The squadron was sent to the Aleutians, and Mitchell was killed in action when Tadayoshi Koga shot down Mitchellís PBY on 04 June 1942. Observers saw some of the crew escape into a raft, and watched in horror as Koga strafed the raft.

    As a postscript to the story, Mitchellís gunners may have damaged Kogaís plane, and he was forced to land on Akutan Island. The plane flipped on impact, killing Koga. However, the plane was recovered intact a month later, giving up the secrets of the indomitable Japanese Zero.

    Ensign Albert Edward Mitchell, USNR, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, an American Battle Monuments Commission location.

    USS Mitchell (DE 43) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the web site: Honor States)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    61k entering dry-dock, undated -
    54k starboard side, undated
    338k 01 December 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - Mitchell underway in Puget Sound. Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    126k 02 August 1945: the South Pacific - USS Mitchell seen in utility and ferry duty in the main fleet train formation TF30.8. Later that day she would escort USS Escalante (AO 70) and USS Thetis Bay (CVE 90) back to Ulithi to relay another load. Here, USS Platte (AO 24) is topping off from Escalante.

    (Life Magazine Photo by George Silk, aboard USS Thetis Bay)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.

    Mitchell History
    View the USS Mitchell (DE 43) 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 Mitchell as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Mitchell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Nov. 1943 - 13 May 1944Lcdr. Martin Herman Erdahl, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 13 May 1944 - 29 Dec. 1945Lcdr. James Kenneth Carpenter, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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