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USS Farquhar (DE 139)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - D - Q - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/1 star - 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
Farquhar (DE 139) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 December 1942: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 13 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss S. B. Carton, great-granddaughter of Admiral Farquhar
  • 05 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr L. E. Rosenberg, USNR, in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 11⅓ months of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 26 February 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Material Corp., New Orleans, La.
  • 21 March 74: Removed from U.S. Navy custody
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    89k Norman Von Heidreich Farquhar was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on 11 April 1840 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy during 1854-59. After graduation, he served with the Africa Squadron until September 1861. Lt. Farquhar spent most of the Civil War off the U.S. Atlantic coast and in the West Indies, serving in the gunboats Mystic, Sonoma and Mahaska and the cruisers Rhode Island and Santiago de Cuba. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in mid-1865, a few months after the fighting ended, and was on duty at the U.S. Naval Academy from then until September 1868. For the rest of the 1860s and into the next decade, Farquhar served in the warship Swatara, was Executive Officer of USS Severn and USS Powhattan and Commanding Officer of USS Kansas. He also had two tours at the Boston Navy Yard on ordnance duty and as Executive Officer. Advanced in rank to Commander in December 1872, Farquhar spent nearly five years at the Naval Academy. He commanded the training ship Portsmouth in 1877-78, and the steam sloops Quinnebaug and Wyoming in European waters in 1878-1881. Five more years of Naval Academy duty were followed by torpedo instruction at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1886. From May 1887 until her loss in the March 1889 Samoan hurricane, Captain Farquhar commanded the steam frigate Trenton. He then served on several of the Navy's boards and, in March 1890 became the Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks. During 1894-97, he was Commandant of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Commanding Officer of the cruiser Newark, and President of the Naval Examining Board. While holding the ranks of Commodore and Rear Admiral, Farquhar was Commandant of the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1897-99, commanded the North Atlantic Station during 1899-1901 and was Chairman of the Lighthouse Board in 1901-02. He retired from active duty in April 1902, upon reaching the statutory service age limit of 62. Rear Admiral Farquhar died at Jamestown, Rhode Island, on 03 July 1907.

    USS Farquhar (DE 139) (1943-1946) was the second ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 304 (1920-1930).

    (US Navy photo #NH 2845 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    66k Photo used on Reunion Booklet. P. E. Pesek
    Contributed by a member of USS Fiske (DE 143)

    Farquhar History
    View the USS Farquhar (DE 139) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Farquhar's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 Aug. 1943 - 29 Feb. 1944Lcdr. Leslie Edward Rosenberg, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 31 Mar. 1944 - 30 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Delton E. Walter, USNR
    3.) 02 Jan. 1946 - 10 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Wilbur Thomas Holmes, USNR
    4.) 10 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Roger E. Van Deventer, USNR (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Farquhar / Fiske 24th Annual Reunion (and 5th Official LAST Reunion)
    20 - 24 April 2009 at the
    Pocmont Resort (800-762-6668) at Bushkill PA

    Contact Name: Jim Klepper
    Address: 251 Ashville Ave.
    City/State: Mount Carmel TN 37645
    E-mail: Jim Klepper
    Contact Name: Mrs. Kay Miller
    Address: 140 Woodlyn Ave.
    City/State: Willow Grove PA

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Farquhar
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