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USS Levy (DE 162)

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N - W - V - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Levy (DE 162) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 October 1942: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 28 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Charles Mathoff, niece of Commodore Levy
  • 13 May 1943: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Pier K, Cmdr. Frank W. Schmidt, USN, in command
  • 15 November 1945: Placed "in commission, in reserve", joined the St. John’s River Group, 16th Fleet, at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 04 April 1947: Decommissioned after 2 years and 6 months of service, laid up at Norfolk, Va., as part of the Atlantic Inactive Fleet
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md for $94,666.66
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    67k Uriah Phillips Levy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 22 April 1792. After several years as a shipowner and civilian mariner, he became a U.S. Navy officer in October 1812. He was a prisoner of war during the latter part of the War of 1812, but his career thereafter was active and fruitful. During the 1850s, he was an important figure in abolishing flogging as a Navy punishment. Levy commanded USS Vandalia in 1838-39, USS Macedonian in 1858 and was Flag Officer of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1860. He is also noted for his ownership and preservation of Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello. Commodore Levy died in New York City on 22 March 1862.

    USS Levy (DE 162) (1943-1947) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 48113 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    296k 12 May 1943: Newark, N.J. - USS Levy (DE 162) departing the Federal Shipbuilding yard for the New York Navy Yard where she'll be commissioned the next day.

    (U.S. Navy photo #L45-164.05.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    142k 03 June 1943: Great Sound Anchorage, Bermuda - USS Levy alongside USS Hamul (AD 20) at the Bermuda DE Crew Training Base. Having departed the New York Navy Yard at 09:20 on 01 June, Levy moored starboard side to Hamul at 15:42 on 03 June to commence her shakedown training.

    (Photo by Dmitri Kessel, aboard USS Edsall (DE 129), for Life Magazine)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    74k Undated Wartime Image ---
    79k Undated Wartime Image: Levy underway in the Pacific.

    (U.S. National Archives Photo from the book "Anti-submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History"" by David Owen)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    93k 22 August 1945: Mili Atoll, the Marshall Islands - Japanese and U.S. officers negotiate the surrender of Mili Atoll on board USS Levy (DE 162). Identified U.S. officers present include (from left to right): Commander H.E. Cross; Captain H. B. Grow, USNR, senior U.S. officer present; Commander W.C. Burkhard; Lieutenant P.S. Breck, Jr.; and Commander C.G. Olson. Japanese officers in center include an unidentified junior officer, at left, and Japanese Navy Captain Masanori Shiga. Note the pistol shoulder holster worn by U.S. officer in right foreground, fancy rope decoration on stanchions, metal wardroom chairs and steward in right background.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-490370 from the United States National Archives)
    138k 28 August 1945: Mili Atoll, the Marshall Islands - These guys sure look happy to have the war over. "Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, shown these sailors from USS Levy (DE 162) pointing with pride their sign, which reads, “We always welcome Seabees and Marines”. This beach head became the first Japanese territory in World War II to formally surrender to United States forces. Shown (left to right): SM2 Abe Klotzman; YN2 Irwin Schwartz; Coxswain Henry Jendrzejanski, and EM2 Kenneth Werton. All the sailors were Navy Reservists.

    (U.S. Navy Photo # 80-G-338460 from the United States National Archives)
    David Wright
    Navsource Archive Manager
    Destroyer Archive
    163k 04 September 1945: Wake Atoll - USS Levy anchored off Wake Island. A barge carrying Japanese officers approaches Levy to surrender the Island. The surrender proceedings took place aboard Levy

    (Source: Life Magazine Collections, Eliot Elisofon photographer, shared by Peter DeForest)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    175k undated: Norfolk, Va. - Ex-USS Levy (DE 162) laid up at the Inactive Ship Facility, Norfolk Naval Shipyard awaiting disposition. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    79k 18 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of ex-DE's 162, 180, 181, 1015, 1021, and 1022 (Levy, Trumpeter, Straub, Hammerberg, Courtney, and Lester). Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Levy History
    View the USS Levy (DE 162) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Levy as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Levy's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 May 1943 - 13 Jul. 1943Cmdr. Frank Wahlon Schmidt, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '20) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    2.) 13 Jul. 1943 - 04 Feb. 1944Lt. Mathew Vaughn Carson Jr., USNR (Yorktown, Tex.)
    3.) 04 Feb. 1944 - 16 May 1944Lt. Benjamin Harding Hallowell, USNR (Radnor, Pa.)
    4.) 16 May 1944 - 10 Nov. 1945Lcdr. William G. Clarenbach, USNR (Alameda, Cal.)
    5.) 10 Nov. 1945 - 26 Nov. 1945Lt. Benjamin Shattuck, USNR 
    6.) 26 Nov. 1945 - .. Jan. 1946Lt. Joseph B. Chomel, USNR (Connersville, Ind.)
    7.) .. Jan. 1946 - .. Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) R. L. Morrison, USNR
    8.) .. Mar. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1947Lt. John Joseph Darcy, USN (Melvin, Mich.)
    9.) 01 Jan. 1947 - 17 Mar. 1947Lcdr. Charlie Cecil Griffen (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: John E. McCullough (RM3 '43-'45)
    Address: 48 N. 6th St.
    City/State: Easton PA 18042
    Phone: (610) 253-1232
    E-mail: John McCullough
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