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USS Rinehart (DE 196)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: 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
Rinehart (DE 196) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 October 1943: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 09 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy Ruth Rinehart
  • 12 February 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lt. Partee W. Crouch, USN, in command
  • 17 July 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 June 1950: Transferred (MDAP) to the Netherlands, renamed HNLMS De Bitter (F.807) (retired by the Dutch Navy 15 December 1967, sold for scrap February 1968)
  • 26 September 1950: Struck from the NVR
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    94k 10 July 1944: Lower New York Harbor - On this date she was underway from Brooklyn Navy Yard for a full power run, swinging compasses and loading ammo. That afternoon she loaded ammnition at the Naval Weapons Station, Earle, N.J. and that evening she proceeded to sea enroute to Casco Bay, Maine. David Wright
    Navsource Archive Manager
    Destroyer Archive
    72k 08 June 1945: USS Rinehart (DE 196) off New York City.

    (Photo #19-N-84967 and 19-N-84965, Bureau of Ships Collection, U.S. National Archives, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    39k circa 1951: as HNLMS De Bitter (F.807) Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    35k Undated: Underway in service of the Royal Netherlands Navy. John Wolf
    L/S, RP2
    Royal Netherlands Navy (ret.)

    Rinehart History
    View the USS Rinehart (DE 196) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Rinehart as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Rinehart's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Feb. 1944 - 18 Apr. 1945Lcdr. Partee W. Crouch, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '39) (Bluefield, W.V.)
    2.) 18 Apr. 1945 - 28 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Aubrey Delos Engle, USN (USNA '41) (E. St. Louis, Ill.)
    3.) 28 Sep. 1945 - 04 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Wayne Woodrow Hayes, USNR (OCS '41) (Newcomerstown, Oh.)
    4.) 04 Jun. 1946 - 17 Jul. 1946Lt.(jg) Cooper Grayson Curtice, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Vienna, Va.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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