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USS Straub (DE 181)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II 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
Straub (DE 181) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 June 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 19 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret H. Straub, mother of Lt.(jg) Walter M. Straub
  • 25 October 1943: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lcdr. James T. Kilbreth, USNR, in command
  • 17 October 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 11⅔ months of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md for $84,666.66
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    40k undated wartime image -
    377k 24 December 1944: off New York Harbor - Straub shown in camouflage Measure 32 Design 3D, as modified for Atlantic DE's.

    (U.S. Navy Photo NARA II #80-G-298101, courtesy of Lee Johnson from the Ships of the U.S. Navy in Dazzle Camouflage Web Site)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    433k DE 181, but it's not Straub. It's actually USS Whitehurst (DE 634) posing as the fictional "USS Haynes (DE 181)". This undated press photograph was taken by Culver Pictures of New York City, New York. It shows a semi-fictional "DE 181" as portrayed in the 1957 film The Enemy Below, starring Robert Mitchum and Curt Jürgens. Straub's wartime career was much like that of the fictional Haynes, hunting U-Boats off Brazil in real life, paralleling the story in the movie. Straub performed most of her duties in the Atlantic on escort assignments and U-Boat hunting until the surrender of Germany, followed by a short period in the Pacific Ocean until hostilities ended. Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    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
    Tim Rizzuto

    Straub Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Straub History
    View the USS Straub (DE 181) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Straub's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Oct. 1943 - 08 Mar. 1944Lcdr. James T. Kilbreth, Jr., USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 08 Mar. 1944 - 30 Jun. 1944Cmdr. Cecil G. McKinney, USNR 
    3.) 30 Jun. 1944 - 14 May 1945Lcdr. John E. Coie, Jr., USNR (Elden, Ia.)
    4.) 14 May 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946 Lcdr. William P. Jones, USNR (St. Louis, Mo.)
    5.) 01 Mar. 1946 - 01 Apr. 1946 Lt. John C. MacCarey, USNR
    6.) 04 Apr. 1945 - 01 May 1946 Lt.(jg) Walter J. Bentley Jr., USNR
    7.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 20 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) David S. Alcorn, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Tene Straub
    Phone: (540) 463-4781
    E-mail: T. Straub
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