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USS Sturtevant (DE 239)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - A - O
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Sturtevant (DE 239) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 July 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 03 December 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William North Sturtevant
  • 16 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Frederick W. Hawes in command
  • 24 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove springs, Fla. after 2 years and 9 months of service
  • 03 August 1951: Recommissioned, Comdr. R. B. Redmayne in command, homeport changed to Newport, R. I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 14
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified DER 239
  • 30 November 1956: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 5 years and 3 months of service, conversion to DER commenced at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • 05 October 1957: Recommissioned the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as DER 239, Lcdr. J. K. Jobe, USN in command; assigned homeport Pearl Harbor, Hi. as a unit of Escort Squadron 7
  • February 1959: Reassigned to Escort Squadron 5
  • 23 June 1960: Decommissioned at the U. S. Naval Station, Long Beach, Cal. after 2 years and 9 months of service; custody to CO, Long Beach Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 10 years and 9 months of service
  • 20 September 1973: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Co., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    63k Albert D. Sturtevant was born in Washington, D.C., on 02 May 1894. On 24 March 1917, he and 28 others enlisted in the Naval Reserve Forces as the First Yale Unit. Two days later, they were all commissioned ensigns. After flight training in Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on 01 May 1917 and, in September, he received orders for overseas duty. Ensign Sturtevant reported to the group attached to the Royal Flying Corps station at Felixstowe, England, in October.

    Sturtevant's duties consisted of flying escort for merchantmen crossing the North Sea. On 15 February 1918, while flying an escort mission with another plane of his unit, the two American were jumped by a flight of 10 German planes. Sturtevant's companion recognized the hopelessness of the 5-to-l odds and escaped to safety, but Sturtevant gamely fought it out with the enemy. When last seen, Ensign Sturtevant was hit and crippled, falling toward the sea. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

    USS Sturtevant (DE 239) was the second ship to be named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 240 (1920-1942).

    (Photo #ggbain 26285 from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    71k Undated Wartime Image DESA Archives
    95k Undated Post-War Image Richard O. Armstrong
    72k March 1954: aboard the USS Sturtevant - HMC Lowell L. Lundberg, USN, gives a heat lamp treatment to SKSN David L. Quinlant. (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-636917 from the National Archives) Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    195k Undated Post-Conversion Photo Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    Sturtevant Memorabilia
    1954 Thanksgiving
    Day Menu
    Courtesy of
    Tom Armstrong
    1955 Postcard
    from Copenhagen
    Courtesy of
    Tom Armstrong

    Sturtevant History
    View the USS Sturtevant (DE 239) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Sturtevant as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Sturtevant's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  16 Jun. 1943 12 Nov. 1943Lcdr. William Frederick Hawes, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 34) (Centralia, Wash.)
    2.)  12 Nov. 1943 11 Sep. 1945Lcdr. James M. Mertz, USNR (Greenwich, Conn.)
    3.)  11 Sep. 1945 24 Nov. 1945Lt. John Clayton Hill II, USNR (USNA 42) (Annapolis, Md.)
    4.)  24 Nov. 1945 29 Jan. 1946Lt. Adam C. Gambel, USNR (New Orleans, La.)
    5.)  29 Jan. 1946 24 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg). Malcolm Daisley, USNR (Decomm. CO)
    6.)  03 Aug. 1951 1953Cmdr. Richard Banks Redmayne, USN (Westwood, Mass.)
    7.)  1953 Aug. 1954Cmdr. Robert McKellar, USN
    8.)  Aug. 1954 1955Lcdr. Joseph Henry Laliberte, USN (Nashua, N. H.)
    9.)  1955 30 Nov. 1956Lcdr. Nathaniel Taylor Williams Jr., USN (Decomm. CO) (Elizabethton, Tenn.)
    10.) 05 Oct. 1957 02 Oct. 1959Lcdr. James Kenneth Jobe, USN (Recomm. CO) (Boonhill, Tenn.)
    11.) 02 Oct. 1959 24 Jun. 1960Lcdr. Jack Willard Bennett, USN (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert E. Lee, Jr.
    Address: 3203 Lakewood Ave.
    City/State: Columbia SC 29201-1433
    Phone:(803) 256-9485
    E-mail: Robert Lee
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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