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USS Fowler (DE 222)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - B - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II 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
Fowler (DE 222) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 April 1943: Keel laid by the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 03 July 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Robert L. Fowler, III, widow of Lieutenant (junior grade) Fowler
  • 15 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. G. S. Forde, USNR, in command
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Wilmington, Del. in company with Kimberly (DD 521), Sennet (SS 408), and Prowess (AM 280)
  • 28 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove springs, Fla. after 2.25 years of service
  • 01 July 1965: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 December 1966: Sold for scrapping to the Peck Ironworks, Portsmouth, Va.
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    Fowler 71k Robert Ludlow Fowler III was born on 19 April 1919 in New York City. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve 02 July 1940 and was commissioned 12 September 1941. Ensign Fowler reported to USS Duncan (DD 485) prior to her commissioning, and served in her in action through the South Pacific. Lieutenant (junior grade) Fowler was killed in the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11-12 October 1942. With his ship under the heavy fire which sank her, he fired a torpedo thought to have scored the initial hit on Japanese cruiser Furutaka, sunk that night. Immediately after getting this first torpedo away, he was fatally wounded by a shell which burst close to his torpedo director. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross

    USS Fowler (DE 222) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    Rob Fowler
    son of the
    ship's namesake
    Fowler 290k 03 July 1943: Philadelphia, Pa. - A Navy chaplain gives the opening prayer at the christening and launching of the future USS Fowler (DE 222). Mrs. Patricia Fowler holds the sponsor's bouquet.

    (Rob knew that his father was killed in the Battle of Cape Esperance on the night of 11-12 October 1942. With his ship under the heavy fire which sank her, he had fired a torpedo that was thought to have scored the initial hit on Japanese cruiser Furutaka, which sunk later that night. Immediately after getting this first torpedo away, Robís father was fatally wounded by a shell which burst close to his torpedo director. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    As a child, Rob knew that there were aspects of his fatherís story that didnít add up, especially when a relative learned from a friend on the cruiser Boise, that it was Boise that had sunk Duncan with friendly fire in the confusion of the night battle. Rob has spent the last thirty years trying to piece together his fatherís story. In his words, ďMy goal, almost 75 years later, was to understand what really happened. I endeavored to cover all aspects of the battle, from both sides, and which elements shaped the stalemate, including the minor actions leading to the sinking of the USS Duncan, and its aftermath.Ē

    The result is a compelling and tragic story. You can learn more about the book at Robís website, The Gun Club Book)
    Fowler 33k underway, undated wartime image R. Bucher
    Lt.(jg), 44-45
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    22 July 1944: Sandy Hook Bay, N.J. - A five view series of USS Fowler loading ammunition from barges at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, N.J.
    On the previous day, 21 July, Fowler had completed a nine day yard availability period at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    (U.S. Navy photos #'s19-N-68765, 19-N-68764, 19-N-68766, 19-N-68762, 19-N-68763 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.


           and

    Chris Wright
    Fowler 166k 23 July 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Taken from a ZP-11 blimp, Fowler is underway from Earle, N.J. to Casco Bay, Maine where she'll undergo refresher training before returning to Atlantic convoy duty.
    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-237715 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    Memorabilia
    Christmas Card
    to USS Fowler
    Fowler
    Courtesy of
    Russ Padden

    Fowler History
    View the USS Fowler (DE 222) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Fowler as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Fowler's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Mar. 1944 - 26 Jan. 1945Lcdr. George Stephen James Forde, USNR (Comm. CO) (Ardmore, Pa.)
    2.) 26 Jan. 1945 - 03 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Stuyvesant F. Morris, USNR (Lynbrook, Long Island, N.Y.)
    3.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 28 Jun. 1946Lt. Ralph B. Scamell, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Topeka, Kan.)

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