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USS Wesson (DE 184)

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N - F - F - S
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/ 7 stars - 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
Wesson (DE 184) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 July 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 17 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Eleanor Wesson
  • 11 November 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. H. Reich in command
  • 25 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.7 years of service
  • 26 March 1951: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 January 1951: Transferred to Italy, renamed Andromeda (F.592) (stricken and broken up, 1970)
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    Wesson 178k 26 June 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of USS Wesson (DE 184) at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 16 May to 1 July 1945. USS Blessman (APD 48) inboard of Wesson and USS Hazelwood (DD 531) is on the opposite side of the pier. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-184-4842-45) Darryl Baker
    Wesson 192k 26 June 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Wesson at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-184-4843-45)
    Wesson 78k 1 July 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Bow on view of Wesson at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-184-4897-45)
    Wesson 91k 1 July 1945: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Wesson at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE-184-5001-45)
    Wesson 20k undated wartime image Jerry Church

    View the USS Wesson (DE 184) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Wesson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 11 Nov. 1943 - 14 May 1944Lcdr. Charles F. Havenmeyer, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 14 May 1944 - 02 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Henry Sears, USNR
    3.) 02 Jul. 1945 - 06 Dec. 1945Lcdr. George O. Scarfe, Jr., USNR
    4.) 06 Dec. 1945 - 29 Dec. 1945Lt. John D. Calderwood, USNR
    5.) 29 Dec. 1945 - 06 Jan. 1946Lt. Michael Chetkovich, USNR (diary ends)

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