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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
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. after 3.1 years of service
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 after 8.0 years of service
01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 11.1 years of service
15 February 1976: Sunk as a target off Puerto Rico
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||undated early wartime image (1943 - early 1944)
||undated late wartime image (1945)
||all undated wartime images
(Photo #80G364880 from the National Archives)
West Chester, Pa.
||undated postwar image
|View the USS Otterstetter (DE 244) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Tin Can Sailors
The U.S. Navy Memorial
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
The Destroyer History Foundation
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Otterstetter
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