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USS Stanton (DE 247)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/3 stars - WWII Victory 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
Stanton (DE 247) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 December 1942: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 21 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William S. Burrell
  • 07 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. C.S. Barker in command
  • 15 April 1945: In company with Frost (DE 144), attacked German submarine U-880 NNW of the Azores, sinking it at 01:14
  • 02 June 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 10 months of service
  • 01 December 1970: Struck from the NVR
  • Sources differ on final fate.
    1. Sunk as target off Puerto Rico 16 October 1972 (There is more documention supporting this fate)
    2. Sold and broken up for scrap in 1972.

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    31k Oscar F. Stanton (1834-1924) entered the Navy in 1849. A short time later he was aboard Susquehanna, taking part in Commodore Perry's Japan Expedition. During 1858-1859 he was on the Frigate Constellation. Serving with the Pacific Squadron at the outbreak of the Civil War, Stanton was promoted to Lt. Commander. In command of Pinola he participated in the battle of Mobile Bay with Admiral Farragut. Stanton was promoted to Commander in 1867. He became a Captain in 1879 and for two years commanded the Frigate Constitution. In 1884 he commanded Tennessee, and a year later was placed in charge of the Naval Station at New London, where he remained for three years and acquired his love for the town that was to become his home. By 1893 he was a Rear Admiral in command of the South Atlantic Squadron, and in 1894 his flagship, USS Kearsarge, was wrecked in the Gulf of Mexico. He retired later that year, but was again placed in command of the New London Naval Station during the Spanish American War. This was his last active service.

    USS Stanton (DE 247) (1943 - 1947) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    344k 21 February 1943: Houston, Tex. - The future USS Stanton is side launched after being christened at Brown Shipyard in Houston. Michael Mohl

    Navsource Archive Manager
    Battleship / Submarine Archives
    81k undated wartime image

    (USNI photo)
    Dan Johnson
    Swasey / Stanton
    129k 20 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Bow on view of USS Swasey (DE 248) off the New York Navy Yard. In background is USS Stanton (DE 247).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-65682 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    76k 1944

    (USNI photo)
    William Bradshaw
    20k 16 October 1944: New York Harbor

    (National Archives Photo #1311481)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    27k 16 October 1944: New York Harbor

    (National Archives Photo #1311480)
    141k September 1945 David Buell

    Stanton Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Anita Tiffany Dunford
    Dec. 1944 Christmas
    Courtesy of
    Anita Tiffany Dunford

    Stanton History
    View the USS Stanton (DE 247) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Stanton's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 07 Aug. 1943 13 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Christopher Sylvanus Barker Jr., USN (USNA '33) (New Bern, N.C.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 13 Jan. 1944 21 Mar. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Philip Jarrot Tiffany, USNR (St. Louis, Mo.)
    3.) 21 Mar. 1945 - .. Sep. 1945Lt. John C. Kiley Jr., USNR
    4.) .. Sep. 1945 18 Oct. 1945Lt. Norman Arthur Smith, USNR

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