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USS Mitchell (DE 43)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Q - C - V
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
  • 1 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Albert E. Mitchell, widow of Ensign Mitchell
  • 17 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr M. S. Erdahl in command
  • 29 December 1945: Decommissioned at Kaiserís Victory Ship Yard, Richmond, Cal. after 2.1 years of service, struck from the NVR
  • 11 December 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Puget Sound Navigation Co., Seattle, Wash.
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    Mitchell 61k entering dry-dock, undated -
    Mitchell 54k port side, undated
    Mitchell 338k 1 December 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - Mitchell underway in Puget Sound. Ed Zajkowski

    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.
    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.)
    2.) 13 May 1944 - 29 Dec. 1945Lcdr. James Kenneth Carpenter, USNR (Decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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