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|Charles Emil Eichenberger Jr. was born in Naranja, Fla. on 12 May 1920, the son of Charles E. and Ida Catherine (Matthews)
Eichenberger. A 1941 graduate of the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina, Eichenberger enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 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 terminated 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. Soon after graduating, Charles Eichenberger married 21 year old Phyllis Louise Parnam in Wake, North Carolina on 25 March 1942.
He was soon after assigned to Fighter Squadron 5 in USS Saratoga (CV 3). Ensign Eichenberger was killed in action on 12 September 1942 in the fierce fighting of the Solomon Islands around Guadalcanal 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)
|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
|322k||18 November 1943: Charleston Navy Yard - Crew portrait (taken the day after commissioning)|
|153k||November 1943||John Klar|
|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)
England, United Kingdom
|130k||Sunday, 09 April 1972: Stockton, Cal, - USS Eichenberger (DE 202) laid up at the Stockton, California "Mothball Fleet". Nested with her are: USS Savage
(DER 386) and USS Knudson (APD 101).
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79828 courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Navsource Archive Manager
DE / FF / LCS Archive
Frederick J. Moisson
05 September 1945
Frederick J. Moisson
|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 1945||Lcdr. Ned Harrell (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 16 May 1945 - 07 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Norwood Penrose Hallowell III, USNR (Milton, Mass.)|
|3.) 01 Nov. 1945 - 07 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Albert Davis Jordan, USNR (Yonkers, N.Y.)|
|4.) 01 Feb. 1946 - 16 May 1946||Lt.(jg) Ralph F. DuPree, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Alachua, Fla.)|
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