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USS Charles Berry (DE 1035)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - G - Q - O
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Fighting Buddy"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ star
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 star - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

"Courage - Tenacity"
Class: Claud Jones
Type: SCB No. 131 / 1956-57
Number in Class: 4
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,916 tons (full)
Length: 301' (wl), 312' (oa)
Beam: 38' (extreme)
Draft: 18' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse 38ND8 Diesels, 8,852 shp, 1 shaft
Speed: 22 kts
Range: 7,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 159
Guns: 2 - 3"/50 Mk 33 (2x1)
ASW Weapons: 2 - Mk 11 Hedgehog, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk70 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Charles Berry (DE 1035) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 October 1958: Keel laid at the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • 17 March 1959: Launched and christened at Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Westwego, La., under subcontract from American Shipbuilding; sponsored by Mrs. C. Berry
  • 25 November 1959: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., Lcdr R. C. Robinson in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal.
  • June 1964: Homeport assignment changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 31 January 1974: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor after 14 years and 2 months of service; struck from the NVR; transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Martadinata (DE-342)
  • 08 September 2005: Decommissioned from the Indonesian Navy, scrapping pending
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    Charles Berry
    64k Charles Joseph Berry was born in Lorain, Ohio on 10 July 1923. He graduated from Clearview High School in 1941, before going to work as a truck driver. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at Cleveland, Ohio on 1 October 1941, and received his recruit training at Parris Island, S.C.. Afterward he was transferred to the Marine Barracks at Quantico, Va., and then the Marine Barracks, New River, N.C where he entered parachute training. After qualifying as a parachutist, he was promoted to private first class on 02 June 1942.

    He sailed from San Diego, Cal. for New Caledonia on 11 March 1943. With the 1st Parachute Battalion, he left New Caledonia in September 1943 and arrived in the Solomon Islands and then to Vella La Vella. In November 1943, he landed at Bougainville, and during that campaign took part in the raid at Koairi Beach and in the Empress Augusta Bay action. Prior to returning to the United States in February 1944, he spent a short time at Guadalcanal. Arriving at Camp Elliott, San Diego, he joined the newly organized 5th marine Division in early 1944. In July he departed for the Hawaiian Islands with that division and advanced to corporal.

    He landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945 and was killed in action on 3 March 1945. While serving with a machine gun crew with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Corporal Berry won the Medal of Honor when he chose to sacrifice himself to save his fellow Marines by diving on an enemy grenade that had landed in their foxhole. Initially buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, he was reinterred in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio in 1948.

    USS Charles Berry (DE 1035) (1959-1974) was the first ship named in his honor. (Photo from the USMC History Division)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Charles Berry
    219k undated: Charles Berry passing Point Loma departing San Diego for sea.
    Charles Berry
    87k date / location unknown Calvin Raymond
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    141k December 1968: Pearl Harbor Hawaii - Vance tied up outboard of Charles Berry (DE 1035) and Forster (DER 334).

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    ***Forster / C. Berry***
    87k January 1969: Pearl Harbor - USS Forster (DER 334) makes her approach to moor alongside Charles Berry and USS Vance (DER 387).

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Charles Berry
    192k undated, near the mouth of San Diego Harbor.

    (Photo © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., San Diego, Cal.)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Charles Berry
    34k date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Charles Berry
    55k date / location unknown, as the Indonesian Martadinata (DE-342)

    Charles Berry

    Ship's lighter
    Chas. Berry
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Charles Berry History
    View the USS Charles Berry (DE 1035) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    Charles Berry's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jan. 1959 - 06 Nov. 1960Lcdr. Rembrant Cecil Robinson* (enl. 43 / OCS 44) (Clearfield, Pa.) (Radm. at passing)
    2.) 06 Nov. 1960 - 07 Jul. 1962Lcdr. / Cmdr. Harrison Colhoun Murray (OCS 46) (Cumberstone, Md.)
    3.) 07 Jul. 1962 - 14 Dec. 1963Lcdr. / Cmdr. Robert Eugene Weeks
    4.) 14 Dec. 1963 18 Feb. 1965Lcdr. Mark Perrin Frudden (USNA 50) (Greene, Iowa) (CO: ATF-110) (ret. as Radm.)
    5.) 18 Feb. 1965 - 06 Dec. 1966Lcdr. Dempster McKee Jackson (USNA 52) (LaJolla, Cal.) (CO: DLG-10) (ret. as Radm.)
    6.) 06 Dec. 1966 10 Jun. 1968Lcdr. / Cmdr. Robert Clair Woods (USNA 53) (Duluth, Minn.)
    7.) 10 Jun. 1968 - 05 Nov. 1969Lcdr. / Cmdr. Peter Maynard Hekman Jr. (USNA 58) (Ripon, Cal.) (CO: DDG-22) (ret. as Vadm.)
    8.) 05 Nov. 1969 - .. Aug. 1971Lcdr. Ronald Lloyd Johnson (USNA 58) (Green Bay, Wis.) (CO: DE-328, DE-1048)
    9.) .. Aug. 1971 - 25 May 1972Lcdr. David E. Woodbury (OCS 60) (Stoneham, Mass.) (CO: DD-968)
    10.) 25 May 1972 - 31 Jan. 1974Cdr. Carroll Dean Brown (enl. '60; OCS 62) (Spartanburg, S. C.) (CO: LST-758, LST-1198)

    *Died in a helicopter crash at age 47 in the Gulf of Tonkin on 08 May 1972, the only Navy flag officer killed in the Viet Nam War.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    None planned at present time
    Contact: Tony Sievers
    Address: 7505 River Road (Unit 4A)
    City/State: Newport News VA 23607-1768
    Phone: 757-247-5769
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