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USS Osterhaus (DE 164)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Osterhaus (DE 164) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 November 1942: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N. J.
  • 18 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Helen Osterhaus
  • 12 June 1943: Commissioned, Comdr. Rowland H. Groff, USNR, in command
  • 26 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years of service
  • 01 November 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 May 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md.
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    97k Hugo Osterhaus was born on 15 June 1851 at Belleville, Ill., was appointed a Midshipman 22 September 1865 and received his commission as an Ensign 13 July 1871. He was commissioned Master, 12 February 1874; a Lieutenant 13 March 1880; Lieutenant Commander 03 March 1899; a Commander 02 July 1901; a Captain 19 February 1906; a Rear Admiral 04 December 1909 and was placed on the retired list 15 June 1913. He was recalled to active duty during World War I serving from 11 April 1917 until 01 November 1920 when he was relieved from active duty and returned home. His flag commands included the Second Division, Atlantic Fleet; the Mare Island Navy Yard; the 12th Naval District; and the Atlantic Fleet. During World War I he received the Navy Cross for services in the Office of Naval Districts. He died 11 June 1927 at Castle Point, New York.

    USS Osterhaus (DE 164) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    125k 18 April 1943: Port Newark, N.J. - Left: Miss Patricia Yoder, grand-niece of the ship's namesake and sponsor for USS Parks (DE 165); Right: Miss Helen Osterhaus, sponsor of DE164.
    148k 18 April 1943: Port Newark, N.J. - Official Osterhaus Launch Party, from left: Dr. Karl Osterhaus, M.D., son of the ship's namesake and sponsor's father, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Osterhaus, mother of the sponsor; Maid of Honor; Miss Helen Osterhaus, sponsor; Maid of Honor (I can't remember the names of the two maids of honor and, sadly, Mom is no longer here to ask).
    86k 18 April 1943: Port Newark, N.J. - USS Osterhaus (DE 164) is christened by Dale's Mom, Helen Osterhaus, grand-daughter of Admiral Osterhaus.
    78k 18 April 1943: Port Newark, N.J. - Osterhaus is launched.
    222k 24 June 1943: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y. Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    185k 24 June 1943: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    170k 24 June 1943: New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    179k June 1943: Osterhaus on sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. S. Dale Hargrave
    101k undated wartime image -
    184k undated wartime image Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    156k September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS Peterson and USS Osterhaus, laid up in reserve at the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Station, Green Cove Springs. John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    Courtesy of
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Courtesy of
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Courtesy of
    S. Dale Hargrave

    Osterhaus History
    View the USS Osterhaus (DE 164) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Osterhaus's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jun. 1943 - 16 Sep. 1943Cdr. Rowland Haverstick Groff, USNR (Comm. CO) (New York, N.Y.)
    2.) 16 Sep. 1943 - 01 Jul. 1944Lcdr. Thomas Comins Hart (Long Island, N.Y.)
    3.) 01 Oct. 1944 - 05 Oct. 1945Lt. Victor B. Blurton, USNR (Wichita, Kan.)
    4.) 05 Oct. 1945 - 05 Jan. 1946Lt. Maurice Raymond Dunn, USNR (Irwin, Pa.)
    5.) 05 Jan. 1946 - 02 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Gene M. Willis, USNR 
    6.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) William E. Coyle, USNR (Muster Ends) (Savannah, Ga.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Ivan Roger Hill
    Phone: (515) 270-8758
    E-mail: I. R. Hill
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    Additional Resources

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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