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|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 on 03 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, on 06 February 1940. He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 03 June 1940 and to Lieutenant 02 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, on 05 January 1942. He was killed in action on Corregidor, 06 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 05 and 06 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.)
|145k||28 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Otter shown lying to off the New York Navy Yard. She had been in the yard since 16 May. During the yard availability she lost her torpedo tubes and loading accessories. Four 40mm guns with their directors were added amidships. SA radar was installed and a stub mast mounting a DAQ antenna was mounted forward of the 1.1" gun director.||John Klar|
|169k||July 1944 (This is the same photo as above, in a different size, and submitted by another contributor.)||Ed Zajkowski|
|View the USS Otter (DE 210) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Otter as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Otter's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 21 Feb. 1944 - 10 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. Donald M. Kerr, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 10 Oct. 1944 - 26 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. James McCabe Irvine, USNR|
|3.) 26 Nov. 1945 - 11 Jan. 1946||Ccmdr. William Alva McMahan, USNR|
|4.) 11 Jan. 1946 - 24 Apr. 1946||Lcdr. Harry Ellsworth Davey Jr., USN|
|5.) 24 Apr. 1946 - 29 Jul. 1946||Lt. John R. Berning, USNR (Cincinatti, Oh.)|
|6.) 29 Jul. 1946 - 07 Oct. 1946||Lt. Raymond Edward Bock, USN (USNA '44) (Wadpole, Mass.)|
|7.) 07 Oct. 1946 - 14 Oct. 1946||Lt.(jg) J.W. Dillion, USNR|
|8.) 14 Oct. 1946 - 27 Nov. 1946||Lt.(jg) Thomas F. Erwin, USNR|
|9.) 27 Nov. 1946 - 05 May 1947||Lcdr. Oscar Jerome Beavers, USN (Decomm. CO)|
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