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USS Andres (DE 45)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - 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
Andres (DE 45) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 February 1942: Keel laid as Capel BDE-15 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 24 July 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Mary Elizabeth Schumacher, the daughter of Capt. Theodore L. Schumacher, USN, who was assigned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 25 January 1943: Reclassified as DE 45 when the ship was reallocated to the United States Navy
  • 04 March 1943: Renamed Andres
  • 15 March 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Clayton R. Simmers in command
  • 18 October 1945: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C. after 2.6 years of service
  • 01 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • February 1946: Sold for scrapping
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    Andres 74k Eric Theodore Andres was born on 12 May 1915 at Flint, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in 1937. After enlisting in the Naval Reserve on 25 October 1941 at Chicago, Ill., he underwent his initial naval training at the Abbott Hall Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. Promoted to ensign on 15 May 1942, Andres was assigned to duty in the heavy cruiser Astoria (CA 34), and joined his ship soon thereafter. The young officer was killed in Astoria during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Ensign Andres was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

    USS Andres (DE 45) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Archives Department of the Valparaiso University Library)
    Bill Gonyo
    Andres 83k 25 March 1943: Philadelphia, Pa. - Andres (DE45) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In the background, to the right, lie USS Olympia (IX 40) and the hulk of USS Wadsworth (DD 94). (Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command, RG-19-LCM. Photo # NH 92285 as printed in "The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships") Robert Hurst
    Andres 104k 25 March 1943: Philadelphia, Pa. - The destroyer escort USS Andres (DE 45) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 107305 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Andres 80k starboard side, 17 October 1943 Edward M. Eastman
    Andres 158k overhead, underway, 12 July 1944
    Andres 89k National Archives photo used to illustrate Ms 22 camouflage

    View the USS Andres (DE 45) 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.
    Andres' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Mar. 1943 - 01 Jun. 1943Lcdr. Clayton Rogers Simmers (Comm.)
    2.) 01 Jun. 1943 - 01 Sep. 1943Lcdr. Jasper Newton McDonald
    3.) 01 Sep. 1943 - 04 Jul. 1944Lcdr. Carroll W. Brigham, USNR
    4.) 04 Jul. 1944 -18 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Harold E. Waller, USNR (Decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Edward M. Eastman
    E-mail: edeastmansr at
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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