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USS Eichenberger (DE 202)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - C - F
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 w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Eichenberger (DE 202) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 April 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 22 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Ensign Eichenberger's widow
  • 17 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr N. Harrell in command
  • 16 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2.5 years of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 November 1973: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    Eichenberger 26k Charles Emil Eichenberger, Jr., born 12 May 1920 in Naranja, Fla., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 15 April 1941 and was appointed aviation cadet 13 June. Serving in Fighter Squadron 5 in Saratoga (CV 3), Ensign Eichenberger was killed in action 12 September 1942 in the fierce fighting of the Solomon Islands while pressing home an attack on enemy dive bombers.

    USS Eichenberger (DE 202) (1943-1945) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from the The Citadel, Citadel History)
    Bill Gonyo
    Eichenberger 205k 22 July 1943: Charleston Navy Yard, S.C. - Eichenberger's Christening and launch Dorothy Henson, from the scrapbook
    of her uncle, Roy V. Anthis
    Eichenberger 184k crew photo, undated (possibly taken after launch)
    Eichenberger 153k November 1943 John Klar
    ***Alger / Eichenberger*** 56k early 1944: USS Hamul (AD 20) with (from left to right) DEs USS Calcaterra (DE 390); USS Pride (DE 323); USS Falgout (DE 324); USS Alger (DE 101) and USS Eichenberger (DE 202), alongside at Bermuda. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs. (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86271, courtesy of the Captain D.L. Madeira Collection) Robert Hurst

    Eichenberger Memorabilia
    Launch Program Cover
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Launch Program Inside Pages
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Postal Cover
    Commemorating Launch
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett

    View the USS Eichenberger (DE 202) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Eichenberger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 Nov. 1943 - 16 May 1945Lcdr. Ned Harrell (comm.)
    2.) 16 May 1945 - 07 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Norwood P. Hallowell, Jr., USNR
    3.) 01 Nov. 1945 - 07 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Albert D. Jordan, USNR 
    4.) 01 Feb. 1946 - 16 May 1946Lt.(jg) Ralph F. DuPree, USNR

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    Additional Resources
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Eichenberger
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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