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|99k||Augustus Francis Fechteler, born in Prussia 01 September 1857, was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1877. His distinguished career of service in important
posts included command of the 2d, 6th and 7th Divisions of the Atlantic Fleet, the Norfolk Navy Yard, and the 5th Naval District. He was awarded the Navy Cross for exceptionally meritorious
service in duty of great responsibility as Commander of the 6th Division and the Norfolk Navy Yard during World War I. Rear Admiral Fechteler died at the Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads,
Va., 26 May 1921.|
His son, Frank Casper Fechteler, born 8 July 1897 in San Rafael, Calif., was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1918, ordered to duty in 1917. He served in Paducah through World War I, and after the war was trained as an aviator. His last duty was in Langley (CV-1). While preparing to compete in the Pulitzer Trophy Race of 1922, Lieutenant Fechteler was killed in an airplane crash near Detroit 18 September 1922.
USS Fechteler (DE 157) (1943-1944) was the first ship named in their honor, she was succeeded by DD 870 (1946-1970).
|60k||Fechteler (DE 157) and Reeves (DE 156) at Norfolk Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy photo, date unknown (but obviously prior to commissioning).
|97k||01 July 1943, Commissioning cermony.||Larry Carr|
|560k||31 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Looking aft from the bow, the bridge superstructure details of USS Fechteler (DE 157) can easily be seen here.
The Fechteler and two unidentified sisters are moored together at the New York Navy Yard. The ship has just completed a convoy escort deployment from Londonberry,
North Ireland. After initially arriving in Londonberry on 6 March 1944, she joined the escort of a New York-bound convoy, reaching the United States 22 March.
(U.S. Navy, Bureau of Ships Photo #BS 65722 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Fechteler (DE 157) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Fechteler's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 01 Jul. 1943 - 01 Nov. 1943||Lcdr. Clayton Rogers Simmers, USN (Comm. CO) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|2.) 01 Nov. 1943 - 05 May 1944||Lt. Calvert Burke Gill, USN (CO when sunk) (Baltimore, Md.)|
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