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Ship's name tab courtesy of Al Grazevich

USS Otterstetter (DE 244)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - J - U
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


Specifications:
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: 10' 5" (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
Otterstetter (DE244) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 November 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Corp., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Miles P. Refo, Jr.
  • 06 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. W. B. Porter in command
  • 10 September 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 01 June 1951: Reactivation and conversion to DER commenced at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • December 1951: Reclassified DER 244
  • 06 June 1952: Recommissioned at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Lcdr. John P. Sullivan in command
  • 19 July 1952: Assigned to Commander Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, at Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron Sixteen
  • 20 June 1960: Decommissioned
  • 01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 February 1976: Sunk as a target off Puerto Rico
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    Otterstetter 71k undated early wartime image ('43-early '44) Harold Williams
    Otterstetter 63k undated late wartime image ('45)
    Otterstetter 91k all undated wartime images

    (Photo #80G364880 from the National Archives)





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    (Photo #80G364891)
    Wayne Craig / John Chiquoine
    Otterstetter 115k
    Otterstetter 106k
    Otterstetter 109k
    Otterstetter 123k undated postwar image Harold Williams

    View the USS Otterstetter (DE 244) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Otterstetter
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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