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USS Marts (DE 174)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - 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
Marts (DE 174) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 April 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 08 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Betty Marts
  • 03 September 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by the Commandant, Third Naval District, Lt. Carl M. Fellows in command
  • 20 March 1945: Decommissioned at Natal, Brazil after 1 year and 6⅔ months of service; recommissioned the same day in the Brazilian Navy as Bocaina (Be-8).
  • 30 June 1953: Returned to U.S. control and simultaneously transferred outright to Brazil under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • 20 July 1953: Struck from the NVR
  • 1975: Sold, scrapped
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    By And/Or Copyright
    179k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    81k undated: as the CTE ("Contratorpedeiro de Escolta" / Destroyer Escort) Bocaina (D-22) in service with the Brazilian Navy. Luiz Brazil Cotta
    FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)

    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Marts History
    View the USS Marts (DE 174) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Marts as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Marts' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 03 Sep. 1943 - 06 Jan. 1944Lt. Carl M. Fellows, USNR (Comm. CO) (Fitchburg, Mass.)
    2.) 06 Jan. 1944 - 20 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Nathaniel M. Goodhue, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Milton, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Marts
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