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USS Rathburne (DE 1057)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - V - U - V
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal
Fourth Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Rathburne (DE 1057) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 January 1968: Keel laid by the Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • 02 May 1969: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Charles A. Bowsher, wife of Chas. Bowsher, Ass't Sec. of the Navy
  • 16 May 1970: Commissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., Comdr. Richard B. Evans in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 25 at Pearl Harbor
  • September 1974: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 33 at Pearl Harbor
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1057)
  • 14 February 1992: Decommissioned at Pearl Harbor Naval Station after 21.7 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 July 2002: Sunk by various ordnance during Exercise RimPac 2002, Location: 022 11' 42" N, 160 13' 07" W; Depth: 2552 fathoms; Tonnage: 3001
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    Rathburne 44k date / location unknown Tom Morgan
    Rathburne 243k undated: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - USS Rathburne (DE 1057) approaches the USS Arizona Memorial Brian Kroenung EWC(SW)
    Rathburne 86k 1971: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard - Bow view of Rathburne in drydock. Carl F. Breth IC3
    Rathburne 159k 1971: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard - Stern view of Rathburne in drydock.
    Rathburne 131k 1971: Naval Station, Pearl Harbor - Rathburne moored and partially dressed.
    Rathburne 164k 14 September 1990: At sea - A port bow view of Rathburne underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11615 by PH3 D. Erickson from the Defense Visual Information Center ) Navsource
    Rathburne 125k 22 May 1982: At sea - BM2 Luis Gaytan pulls the king post line tight during a manila high-line transfer-at-sea. A Navy chaplain is being transferred from the frigate USS Whipple (FF 1062) to Rathburne. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01396 from the DVIC )
    Rathburne 103k 22 May 1982: At sea - BMSN John Vieira (on ladder) hooks a cable to the king post block-and-tackle during a manila high-line transfer-at-sea. A Navy chaplain is being transferred from Whipple to Rathburne. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01397 from the DVIC )
    Rathburne 121k 22 May 1982: At sea - Chaplain (Lt.) Gary Hill waits in the boatswain's chair for transfer from Whipple to Rathburne. The transfer-at-sea will be made using a manila high-line. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01398 from the DVIC )
    Rathburne 136k 22 May 1982: At sea - A manila high-line carries Chaplain (Lt.) Gary Hill from Whipple to Rathburne during a transfer-at-sea. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01399 from the DVIC )
    Rathburne 40k date / location unknown Michael Gormady (1973-1975)
    Rathburne 121k 1 November 1989: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Georgia (SSBN 729) and, directly behind it, the frigate Rathburne lies tied up at the naval station. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04504 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC ) Navsource
    Rathburne 648k 1 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A starboard bow view of Rathburne as it approaches the channel to enter Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02845 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC )
    Rathburne 32k 5 July 2002: RimPac 2002 Sinkex, Rathburne's farewell Peter Skoutas
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    Rathburne Memorabilia
    Ship in the Spotlight
    Navy Times © Mario DeMarco
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Plaque
    carved from wood
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Rathburne History
    View the USS Rathburne (DE 1057) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Rathburne's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  16 May 1970 - 01 Mar 1972Cmdr. Richard B. Evans
    2.)  01 Mar 1972 - 19 Jun 1973Cmdr. Ming E. Chang (Shanghai, China) (ret. as Radm.)
    3.)  19 Jun 1973 - 06 Dec 1975Cmdr. Harold Berton Russell ('58)
    4.)  06 Dec 1975 - 03 Dec 1977Cmdr. Leland E. Wood, Jr.
    5.)  03 Dec 1977 - 08 Feb 1980Cmdr. Raymond Walter Addicott (Bellingham, Wash.)
    6.)  08 Feb 1980 - 03 Feb 1982Cmdr. Thomas Stephenson Althouse ('62)
    7.)  03 Feb 1982 - 11 Apr 1982Cmdr. John Malcolm Schantz ('63)
    8.)  11 Apr 1982 - 17 May 1982Capt. Thomas Stephenson Althouse
    9.)  17 May 1982 - 22 Jun 1984Cmdr. Bernard D. Cole (Neptune, N.J.)
    10.) 22 Jun 1984 - 05 Sep 1986Cmdr. Thomas Mitchell Hutcheson Jr. (prior enl.) (Denison, Kan.)
    11.) 05 Sep 1986 - 15 Jan 1988Cmdr. Robert Vernon Coates, Jr. (Providence, R.I.)
    12.) 15 Jan 1988 - 15 Dec 1989Cmdr. Stanley D. Guertin
    13.) 15 Dec 1989 - 13 Dec 1991Cmdr. Ted S. Wide
    14.) 13 Dec 1991 - 14 Feb 1992Lcdr. Cedric A. Bradfield

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    23 August 2013 at Baraboo, Wis.

    Contact: Ray Schendel
    Address: 4606 Chapel Ridge Lane Apt. 4 / Council Bluffs IA 51501
    Phone: (712) 310-2505
    E-mail: rayschendal at

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    Additional Resources

    USS Rathburne Home Page
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Rathburne Page on Military.Com Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Rathburne

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