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Torpedoed in the Western Atlantic - 115 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - X - S - M
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 November 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Tex.
  • 24 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy H. Robins, sister of Ensign Frederick Curtice Davis
  • 14 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. O. W. Goepner, USNR, in command
  • 24 April 1945: Sunk, torpedoed while attacking by U-546 in the Western Atlantic. 115 men were lost when the ship broke in two.
  • 02 June 1945: Struck from the Navy List

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    Frederick C. Davis
    248k 24 January 1943: Orange, Tex. - Frederick C. Davis immediately prior to her 24 January launching.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE_136_1439246522747 from the United States National Archives (Photo No. 80-G-203067))
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Frederick C. Davis
    201k undated: location unknown - The sponsor of the future Frederick C. Davis (DE 136), Mrs. Dorothy Robins poses for a portrait at the christening.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-203069 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Frederick C. Davis
    160k undated: Orange, Tex. - The future USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) is christened by the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Dorothy Robins, at the launching ceremony, at the Consolidated Steel Co. Shipyard, Orange, Texas, on Sunday 24 January.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-203070 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Frederick C. Davis
    583k undated: location unknown - Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) with steam up, but not underway (note jack flying at the bow).

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #NH 91425 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Frederick C. Davis
    156k 21-22 January 1944: the Mediterranean Sea - Crew members of Frederick C. Davis at work on their ship's fantail, during the Anzio Operation.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-223466 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Frederick C. Davis
    View the USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Frederick C. Davis' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 14 Jul. 1943 - 11 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Oscar William Goepner, USNR (Highland Park, Ill.)
    2.) 11 Dec. 1943 - 30 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Reginald Chauncey Robbins Jr., USNR (Hamilton, Mass.)
    3.) 1945 - 24 Apr. 1945Lt. James R. Crosby Jr., USNR (Washington, D.C.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Last Reunion Info We Have: May 2001, Albany NY

    Contact Name: Bill Riemer
    Address: 2104 S. Hawthorne Park Drive
    City/State: Janesville WI 53545-2039
    Phone: (608) 754-7493
    E-mail: Bill Riemer
    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, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
    Frequently Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.

    Additional Resources

    Mark Tepe's Frederick C. Davis Website
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Frederick C. Davis
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