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USS Engstrom (DE 50)

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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 - 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
Engstrom (DE 50) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1942: Keel laid as HMS Drury (BDE 50) by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 24 July 1942: Launched as HMS Drury (BDE-50)
  • 04 March 1943: Reallocated to the U.S. Navy, assigned the name Engstrom
  • 21 June 1943: Commissioned, Lt. D. A. Nienstedt, USNR, in command
  • 01 October 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 4⅓ months of service
  • 08 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 December 1946: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    39k Warren Leonard Engstrom, born 05 January 1921 in Superior, Wis., was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1942, which was graduated in December 1941. He reported for duty in USS Northampton (CA 26) on 05 February 1942, and was killed in action 30 November 1942 when his ship was damaged in the Battle of Tassafaronga. Just prior to his death he had been appointed lieutenant (junior grade).

    USS Engstrom (DE 50) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy thanks to Nell Horn)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    406k 02 July 1943: the Delaware River - Engstrom photographed off the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photos #CP-DE-50 19-N-47400 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    100k Inboard view of Engstrom showing detail aft of bridge. Note the 3" training loader forward of the funnel.

    [U.S. National Archives, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey", by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    91k 27 February 1945: Bow on view of Engstrom off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-50-1506-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    115k 27 February 1945: Broadside view of Engstrom. She was under overhaul at Mare Island from 19 January until 27 February 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-50-1508-45)
    96k 27 February 1945: Stern view of Engstrom off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-50-1507-45)
    161k 27 February 1945: San Francisco Bay - The destroyer escort USS Engstrom (DE 50), underway in San Francisco Bay.

    Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo #19-N79872 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    192k 03 March 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    151k Two Undated Wartime Views Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Engstrom History
    View the USS Engstrom (DE 50) 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 Engstrom as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Engstrom's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Jun. 1943 - 01 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Donald Albert Nienstedt, USNR (Comm. CO) (prior enl. / USNA '34) (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    2.) 01 Jan. 1944 - 01 Feb. 1945Lcdr. James Vandozee Brown, USNR (Williamsport, Pa.)
    3.) 01 Feb. 1945 - 01 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Donald W. McCoy, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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