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USS O'Neill (DE 188)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - Y - W
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 - 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
O'Neill (DE 188) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 August 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 14 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. W. T. O’Neill, mother of Ens. William Thomas O'Neill Jr.
  • 06 December 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Radm. Monroe Kelly, Yard Commandant; Lt. David S. Bill, Jr. in command
  • 30 December 1945: Arrived at Green Cove Springs, Fla. to commence the decommissioning process
  • 02 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 23 October 1950: Transferred (MAP) to the Netherlands, renamed HNLMS Dubois (F-809)
  • 20 December 1950: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 December 1967: Returned to U.S. custody
  • February 1968: Sold, scrapped in W. Germany
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    291k 18 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Three shots of O'Neill during a yard period at the New York Navy Yard. The #1 arrows are pointing to the newly added SL radar servicing platform.

    (U.S. Navy Photos #F644C5327, F644C5324, and F644C5326)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    335k 3 February 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - A port side view of O'Neill off Brooklyn at the completion of a yard period at the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photos #F644C5542)
    48k undated Sidney Ray Brandon
    MoMM2c, 43-45

    These 3 photos
    © Sidney R. Brandon
    84k Showing scars from kamikaze attack, undergoing repair at Saipan 1945
    47k undated
    34k As Dutch frigate HNLMS Dubois F-809 (ex-USS O'Neill) on patrol in Yellow sea, Korea 1953 © John Wolf
    L/S R/P 2
    42k As Dutch frigate HNLMS Dubois, undated
    56k HNLMS Dubois and HNLMS Van Zyl (F-811) (ex-USS Stern DE 187) in Yokosuka harbor 1954
    56k circa 1954: HNLMS Dubois (F-809) underway Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    O'Neill History
    View the USS O'Neill (DE 188) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS O'Neill as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    O'Neill's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 06 Dec. 1943 - 16 Jun. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. David Spencer Bill, Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (Norfolk, Va.)
    2.) 16 Jun. 1945 - .. .... 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Newman Alexander Townsend, Jr., USNR (Lenoir, N.C.)
    3.) .. .... 1945 - 05 Jan. 1946Lt. John Gurney Burtt Jr., USNR
    4.) 05 Jan. 1946 - 16 Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) James Murrell Ferris, USNR
    4.) 16 Jan. 1946 - 02 May 1946Lt.(jg) Thomas Warner Klein, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Philip D. Farrand
    Address: 4228 Pinehurst Dr.
    City/State: Jackson MI 49201
    E-mail:: P. Farrand
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