Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.

Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive

USS Rinehart (DE 196)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - Z - J
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; and commissioned at New York 12 February 1944,
  • 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 2.4 years 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
    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Rinehart 72k 08 June 1945: USS Rinehart (DE 196) off New York City.
    (Photo #19-N-84967, Bureau of Ships Collection, U.S. National Archives, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Rinehart 78k 08 June 1945: Rinehart off New York City.
    (Photo #19-N-84965, Bureau of Ships Collection, U.S. National Archives, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Rinehart 74k Undated -
    Rinehart 39k circa 1951: as HNLMS De Bitter (F.807) Robert Hurst
    Rinehart 35k Undated: Underway in service of the Netherlands Navy. John Wolf
    L/S, RP2
    Royal Netherlands Navy (ret.)
    Rinehart 35k Undated: underway, in service of the Netherlands Navy.

    Rinehart History
    View the USS Rinehart (DE 196) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    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)
    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 
    4.) 04 Jun. 1946 - 17 Jul. 1946Lt.(jg) Cooper Grayson Curtice, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Vienna, Va.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
    Frequently Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.

    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Rinehart
    To The DE Photo Index Page Back To The Main Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, or Image Submissions, Please E-mail: DE Info
    Problems or Site Related Matters, Please E-mail: Webmaster
    This Page Created And Maintained by Mike Smolinski
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    by Paul R. Yarnall, All Rights Reserved.
    Page Last Updated: 18 July 2017