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Torpedoed in the Western Mediterranean - 29 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Fechteler (DE 157)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star


Specifications:
Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Fechteler (DE 157) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 February 1943: Keel laid by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va.
  • 22 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Joan S. Fechteler, granddaughter of Rear Admiral Fechteler and niece of Lieutenant Fechteler
  • 01 July 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr C. R. Simmers in command
  • 05 May 1944: Sunk, torpedoed by U-967 off Oran, Algeria. 29 crewmembers were killed and 26 wounded. Laning (DE 159) and other ships of the convoy rescued 186 survivors.
  • 18 July 1944: Struck from the Navy List with only 10 months of service

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    Fechteler 99k Augustus Francis Fechteler, born in Prussia 1 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).

    Bill Gonyo
    Fechteler 30k Fechteler (DE 157) and Reeves (DE 156) at Norfolk Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo, date unknown (but obviously prior to commissioning). -
    Fechteler 97k 1 July 1943, Commissioning cermony. Larry Carr

    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. 1943Lcdr. C.R. Simmers (comm.)
    2.) 01 Nov. 1943 - 05 May 1944Lt. C.B. Gill (sunk)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Fechteler

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