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|271k||Reuben James was born in Delaware, Ohio about 1776. He joined the Navy and served on various ships, including the frigate USS Constellation. During the Barbary Wars, the American frigate Philadelphia was captured by the Barbary pirates, when it ran aground in the city of Tripoli, on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, along with a group of volunteers that included Reuben James, entered the harbor of Tripoli under the cover of darkness in an attempt to burn the Philadelphia so that the pirates could not make use of her.
The American volunteers boarded the Philadelphia on 16 February 1804 and were met by a group of Barbary pirates who were guarding their prize. During the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, Reuben James, with both of his hands already wounded, positioned himself between Lieutenant Decatur and a sword-wielding pirate. Reuben James, willing to give his life in defense of his captain, took the blow from the sword but survived and recovered from his wounds.
Reuben James continued his career in the U.S. Navy, including many years with Decatur. James was forced to retire in January 1836 because of declining health brought on because of past wounds. He died on 3 December 1838 at the US Naval Hospital in Washington DC.
USS Reuben James (DE 153) (1943-1947) was the second ship named in his honor, preceded by DD 245 (1920-1941), and succeeded by FFG 57 (1986- ).
|Robert M. Cieri|
|25k||date unknown: Norfolk, Va. - Reuben James (DE 153) and Sims (DE 154) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va.||-|
|90k||late 1943: off Boston, Mass. - USS Reuben James (DE 153) taken whilst on commissioning trials. Note all depth charge racks are empty, and No.1 gun is trained on the starboard beam, with an audience, obviously for its very first round! (Photos and text taken from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott)||Robert Hurst|
|15k||undated wartime image||-|
|131k||undated wartime image||John Klar|
|126k||undated wartime image (Note that Reuben James is in her DER configuration as a radar picket. This dates her between November 1945 when the conversion was completed and July 1947 when she entered the shipyard for inactivation.)||David Buell|
|Reuben James' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 01 Apr. 1943 - 13 Apr. 1943||Lcdr. Frank Daniel Giambattista (comm.)|
|2.) 13 Apr. 1943 - 06 Oct. 1943||Lcdr. Alfred Edward Sharp, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 06 Oct. 1943 - 30 Nov. 1943||Lcdr. George Samuel Joseph Forde, USNR|
|01 Dec. 1943 - 31 Dec. 1943||Reconstructed|
|4.) 01 Jan. 1944 - 17 Sep. 1944||Lcdr. Vernon Aaron Isaacs, USNR|
|5.) 17 Sep. 1944 - 31 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Grant Cowherd, USNR|
|6.) 24 Jul. 1946 - 01 Aug. 1946||Lcdr. Francis E. Kinne|
|7.) 01 Aug. 1946 - 01 Sep. 1947||Lt. Harry George Anderson|
|8.) 01 Sep. 1947 - 11 Oct. 1947||Lt. Charles Hilary Hayden (decomm.)|
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