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USS Peterson (DE 152)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Q - E - S
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Dairyland"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal
third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ star - Antarctic Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary 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
Peterson (DE 152) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 February 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 15 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lola B. Peterson
  • 29 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Richard F. Rea, USCG, in command
  • 16 April 1944: Joined with Joyce (DE 317) to attack German submarine U-550 after it was rammed by Gandy (DE 764) off Nantucket Shoals in the Atlantic. Sub sunk with depth charges and gunfire.
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 7 months of service
  • 1951: SCB-63A ASW-Upgrade
  • 02 May 1952: Recommissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Lcdr. Kay S. Irwin in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 10 at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 November 1957: Reassigned to the newly formed Destroyer Escort Squadron 12 at Key West, Fla. serving as primary sonar school training ship
  • 30 June 1965: Decommissioned at the South Gate Annex, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. after 13 years and 1 month of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR with a total of 15 years and 8 months of service
  • 11 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Aardvark International Corp., Philadelphia, Pa. for $55,916.
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    63k Oscar Verner Peterson was born on 27 August 1899 in Prentis, Wisconsin and enlisted in the Navy in December 1920. He saw extensive sea service during the following two decades. In April 1941, he joined the crew of USS Neosho. On 07 May 1942, during the Battle of Coral Sea, after Neosho was heavily damaged by Japanese bombers, Chief Water Tender Peterson received severe burns while endeavoring to save his ship. He died of these injuries on 13 May 1942. Oscar V. Peterson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism on that occasion.

    USS Peterson (DE 152) (1943-1965) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G44115 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    57k "U.S. Coast Guard manned destroyer escort USS Peterson (DE 152) in wartime camouflage on Atlantic Ocean - Mediterranean escort convoy duty."; no date/photo number; photo by "Krebs #11." An Edsall class DE, Peterson was a member of Escort Division 22 and helped sink U-550 on 15 April 1944, with depth charges and gunfire. Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    73k 07 July 1944: Off New York City - Photographed from a NAS New York aircraft, flying at an altitude of 300 feet.

    (Naval History and Heritage Command photo #NH 96839)
    66k date / location unknown DESA Archives
    168k date / location unknown David Buell
    96k 22 September 1953: At sea, following anti-submarine warfare modernization.

    (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Image #80-G-628506)
    71k circa 1954 Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    71k 23 March 1960: In a Southern Pacific port, during her tour of "Operation Deepfreeze" support duty. -
    257k October 1962: USS Peterson (DE 152) docked at Key West, Florida, at sunrise.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 85872-KN courtesy of Lieutenant John Farris, USNR, 1977: from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    John Farris
    Lt., USNR
    184k undated: off Key West, Fla. - USS Peterson at sea off Key West.

    (Photo #MM00000982 courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    156k September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS Peterson and USS Osterhaus, laid up in reserve at the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Station, Green Cove Springs. John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    74k 11 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of DE's 145 and 152 (Huse and Peterson). Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto

    Peterson History
    View the USS Peterson (DE 152) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Peterson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  29 Sep. 1943 14 Apr. 1944Lcdr. Richard Foster Rea, USCG (Comm. CO) (USCGA 33) (Hartford, Conn.)
    2.)  14 Apr. 1944 01 May 1946Lcdr. Sidney M. Hay, USCG (Salem, Mass.)
    3.)  02 May 1952 15 Jan. 1954Lcdr. Kay Sanford Irwin, USN (Recomm. CO) (also CO: DD-875)
    4.)  15 Jan. 1954 10 Mar. 1956Cmdr. Elmer Lee Fox, USN (USNA 43) (Sacramento, Cal.)
    5.)  10 Mar. 1956 23 Sep. 1957Lcdr. Robert Francis Kenney, USN
    6.)  23 Sep. 1957 24 Jul. 1959Lcdr. Mark George Tremaine, USN (USNA 45) (Wellsville, N. Y.)
    7.)  24 Jul. 1959 15 Jul. 1960Lcdr. Clifford Eugene Hunter (USNA 45) (Taylorville, Ill.)
    8.)  15 Jul. 1960 04 Oct. 1962Lcdr. Fletcher Horace Shaw, USN (Green Hill, Ala.)
    9.)  04 Oct. 1962 03 Aug. 1964Lcdr. Frank Parker Wells Jr., USN (Newport Beach, Cal.)
    10.) 03 Aug. 1964 18 Jun. 1965Lcdr. Samuel Oather Jones Jr., USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '51) (Clinton, Ark.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    20 August 2017 at Warwick, R.I.
    Contact Name: Bob Bevis
    Address: 242 South Street
    City/State: W. Bridgewater MA 02379
    Phone: (508) 588-5461
    E-mail: dornabob at
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