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USS Otter (DE 210)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - WWII Victory Medal


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
Otter (DE 210) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 July 1943: Laid down by Charleston Naval Shipyard
  • 23 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William M. Otter, mother of Lt. Otter
  • 21 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. D. M. Kerr, USNR, in command
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Bridgeport, Ct. in company with Hugh Purvis (DD 709), Skipjack (SS 184), Marlin (SS 205), and Intrigue (AM 253)
  • 05 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3.25 years of service
  • 01 November 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • 10 July 1970: Sunk as target off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
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    Otter 64k Bethel Veech Otter was born 12 September 1914 at Louisville, Ky. He reported to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., as a midshipman from Kentucky, 12 June 1933. He received his commission as an Ensign 3 June 1937 and served in connection with the fitting out of Yorktown and at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., before reporting to Canopus, a submarine tender, 6 February 1940. He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) 3 June 1940 and to Lieutenant 2 January 1942. He received the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action and distinguished service as Fire Control Officer of Canopus during an attack by Japanese heavy bombers, Mariveles Harbor, Bataan, Philippine Islands, 5 January 1942. He was killed in action on Corregidor, 6 May 1942. His Navy citation reads: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Bethel V. Otter, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession, in action against enemy Japanese forces on 5 and 6 May 1942, at Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Otter's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States". He also was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

    USS Otter (DE 210) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1937.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Otter 145k 28 May 1944 John Klar
    Otter 169k July 1944 Ed Zajkowski

    View the USS Otter (DE 210) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Otter's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Feb. 1944 - 10 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Donald M. Kerr (comm.)
    2.) 10 Oct. 1944 - 26 Nov. 1945Lcdr. James McCabe Irvine
    3.) 26 Nov. 1945 - 11 Jan. 1946Lcdr. William Alva McMahan
    4.) 11 Jan. 1946 - 24 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Harry Ellsworth Davey, Jr.
    5.) 24 Apr. 1946 - 29 Jul. 1946Lt. John R. Berning
    6.) 29 Jul. 1946 - 07 Oct. 1946Lt. Raymond Edward Bock
    7.) 07 Oct. 1946 - 14 Oct. 1946Lt.(jg) J.W. Dillion
    8.) 14 Oct. 1946 - 27 Nov. 1946Lt.(jg) Thomas F. Erwin
    9.) 27 Nov. 1946 - 05 May 1947Lcdr. Oscar Jerome Beavers (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Bill Nielson, SOM 2/c
    Address: 15943 E. Lantana Lane / Fountain Hills AZ 85268
    Phone: (602) 816-9553
    E-mail: wsnlan@aol.com

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