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USS Stern (DE 187)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Q - D - D
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - 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
Stern (DE 187) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 August 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 31 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Joan M. Stern
  • 01 December 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. James R. Hinton, USNR, in command
  • 26 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and months 4 of service
  • 01 March 1951: Struck from the NVR; transferred (MAP) to the Netherlands, renamed HMNS Van Zijll (F-811)
  • 15 December 1967: Returned to U.S. custody
  • February 1968: Sold for scrapping to Simons Scheepsslooperis N.V., Rotterdam
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    8k Charles M. Stern, Jr., was born in Albany, N.Y., on 10 March 1915 and enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 1 August 1940. He was assigned to active duty on 22 November 1940 and appointed ensign on 28 February 1941. Ensign Stern was ordered to duty in battleship Oklahoma (BB 37) on 09 April 1941 and was killed when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 07 December of that year.

    USS Stern (DE 187) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    98k 10 December 1943: Stern off the coast of New York, en route to shakedown in Bermuda. Thomas A. Staley
    104k in the North Atlantic, 1944
    169k 1944 David Buell
    ***O'Neill / Stern***
    56k HMNS Dubois (F-809)(ex USS O'Neill DE 188) and HMNS Van Zijll (F-811)(ex USS Stern DE 187) in Yokosuka harbor 1954. ©John Wolf
    L/S R/P 2
    18k late 1960: Taken at the Den Helder Navy Yard in the Netherlands. Robert Ruiter
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    361k undated: HMNS Van Zijll (F-811)(ex USS Stern DE 187) at an unknown port. Pim Van Wijngaarden
    Dutch Embassy
    Washington, D.C.

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

    Stern History
    View the USS Stern (DE 187) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Stern as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Stern's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Dec. 1943 - 31 Mar. 1945Lcdr. James R. Hinton, Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Greensboro, N.C.)
    2.) 31 Mar. 1945 - 07 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Charles Francis Wilson, USNR (Warm Springs, Ore.)
    3.) 07 Nov. 1945 - 26 Apr. 1946Lt. Cloyd A. Linville, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Crescent, Okla.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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