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USS Smartt (DE 257)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - D - S
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/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Smartt (DE 257) Building and Operational Data:
  • 10 January 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 22 February 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. W. H. Thompson
  • 18 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. W. B. Pendleton in command
  • 05 October 1945: Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. after 2 years and 3½ months of service
  • 24 October 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 July 1946: Sold, scrapped
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    402k 1943: off Hingham, Mass. - Two port beam views of Smartt taken in Boston Harbor while she was completing at the Boston Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-257 19-N-70379 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-257 19-N-70380 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    104k Smartt highlining with Walter S. Brown (DE 258) (Photo from Christopher's Dad, MM1 Christopher J. Schmitt, who was aboard Brown) Christopher J. Schmitt

    Smartt History
    View the USS Smartt (DE 257) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Smartt's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 18 Jun. 1943 - 04 Oct. 1943Lcdr. Walton Barclay Pendleton, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 04 Oct. 1943 - 21 Feb. 1944Lt. Bernard H. Katschinski, USNR
    3.) 21 Feb. 1944 - 11 Mar. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Edward R. Wepman, USNR
    4.) 11 Mar. 1945 - Lt. / Lcdr. John D. Yeomans, USNR

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