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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


Specifications:
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 at the Charleston Navy Yard, 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. was born in Naranja, Fla., 12 May 1920 and died 12 September 1942 as a result of enemy action in the Battle of the Solomon Islands. A 1941 graduate of the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina, Eichenberger enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve 15 April 1941 as a Seaman Second Class and received his elimination flight training from 15 April 1941 to 05 May 1941 at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Miami, Fla. He also received training at the Naval Air Stations in Jacksonville and Pensacola, Fla.

    On 12 June 1941 his enlistment terninated under honorable conditions and on 13 June he was appointed Aviation Cadet, U.S. Naval Reserve and reported for active duty to undergo training at the Naval Air Stations in Pensacola and Miami. Fla. After graduating and being assigned to 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 614k 22 July 1943: Charleston Navy Yard, S.C. - Eichenberger's Christening and launch Dorothy Henson
    from the scrapbook of her uncle,
    Roy V. Anthis

    Larger Scans, Courtesy of

    Frederick J. Moisson
    Collection Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
    Museum of Military History
    5210 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
    Kissimmee, Florida 34746
    Eichenberger 322k 18 November 1943: Charleston Navy Yard - Crew portrait (taken the day after commissioning)
    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
    Eichenberger
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Postal Cover,
    Launch
    Eichenberger
    Courtesy of
    Jon Burdett
    Commissioning
    Invitation
    Eichenberger
    Courtesy of
    Frederick J. Moisson
    Dinner Menu
    05 September 1945
    Eichenberger
    Courtesy of
    Frederick J. Moisson

    Eichenberger History
    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. CO)
    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 (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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