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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


Specifications:
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
  • 01 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.6 years 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
  • June 1965: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 13.1 yers of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR with a total of 15.7 years of service
  • 11 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Aardvark International Corp., Philadelphia, Pa. for $55,916.
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    Peterson 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 7 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 named named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G44115 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Peterson 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
    Peterson 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) -
    Peterson 66k date / location unknown DESA archives
    Peterson 168k date / location unknown David Buell
    Peterson 96k 22 September 1953: At sea, following anti-submarine warfare modernization. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Image #80-G-628506) -
    Peterson 71k circa 1954 Robert Hurst
    Peterson 71k 23 March 1960: In a Southern Pacific port, during her tour of "Operation Deepfreeze" support duty. -
    Peterson 30k October 1962: docked at Key West, Florida, at sunrise John Farris
    Lt., USNR, 1977
    Huse 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
         and
    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 F. Rea, USCG (Comm. CO)
    2.)  14 Apr. 1944 - 01 May 1946Lcdr. Sidney M. Hay, USCG (Decomm. CO)
    3.)  02 May 1952 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Kay Sanford Irwin (Recomm. CO)
    4.)  .. .... .... - .. .... ....Lcdr. William N. Banks
    5.)  .. Jan. 1954 - .. Mar. 1956Cmdr. Elmer Lee Fox
    6.)  .. Mar. 1956 - 23 Sep. 1957Lcdr. Robert Francis Kenney
    7.)  23 Sep. 1957 - 24 Jul. 1959Lcdr. Mark George Tremaine (USNA '45) (Wellsville, N.Y.)
    8.)  24 Jul. 1959 - .. Jul. 1960Lcdr. Clifford Eugene Hunter (USNA '45) (Taylorville, Ill.)
    9.)  .. .... .... - .. .... ....Lcdr. Frank Fletcher
    10.) .. .... .... - .. Aug. 1964Lcdr. Frank Parker Wells
    11.) Aug. 1964 - .. .... .... Lcdr. Samuel Oather Jones, Jr. (USNA '51) (Clinton, Ark.) (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    20 August 2017 at Warwick, R.I.

    Contact Name: Bob Bevis
    Address: 242 South Street / W. Bridgewater MA 02379
    Phone: (508) 588-5461
    E-mail: dornabob at msn.com

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