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USS Walter S. Brown (DE 258)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - K - B
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
Walter S. Brown (DE 258) 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. Garth Thomas
  • 25 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. W. L. Harmon in command
  • 04 October 1945: Decommissioned while moored at the 35th St. pier, Brooklyn, N.Y. after 2 years and 3⅓ months of service
  • 24 October 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • February 1946: Scrapping completed at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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    Walter S. Brown
    324k Walter S. Brown and a sister ship at anchor. The tender in the background, behind what appears to be two four-pipers, is the USS Webster (ARV 2). It was, I think, the tender for Div 5. John W. Keiter
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    205k Brown at sea
    Walter S. Brown
    204k Looking over Brown's stern at Gibraltar
    Walter S. Brown
    223k Believed to be the USS Dobler (DE 48), taken from Brown
    Walter S. Brown
    324k 30 April 1944: Bayonne, New Jersey - Walter S. Brown (DE 258) off the New York Navy Yard Annex. The date on the photo is incorrect. Brown was in the Navy Yard Annex for a scheuled yard period from 04 April 1944 to 14 April 1944 when she departed for the New London Operating Area for a training period. She arrived at NOB Norfolk on 21 April and departed for the Mediterranean on 22 April with Convoy UCS40. On 30 April she was underway in the Eastern Atlantic. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Lt. E. S. Keiter Photos (from his son, John W. Keiter)
    Walter S. Brown
    Delivering mail to Brown.
    Walter S. Brown
    The ship's mascot.
    Walter S. Brown
    The engine room gang working on a diesel.
    Lcdr Wayne L. Hill, Sr. (1912-1997), Engineering
    Officer, overlooks the work being done.
    Walter S. Brown
    Painting the flying bridge.
    Walter S. Brown
    Dinner in the wardroom.
    Walter S. Brown
    Brown's crew at movie call.
    Walter S. Brown
    Inspection at sea.
    Walter S. Brown
    Making smoke.
    Walter S. Brown
    An appendectomy being performed on a
    sailor from another ship in the wardroom.
    The incident was mentioned in the log.
    Walter S. Brown
    Officers on the bridge.
    Walter S. Brown
    Off duty officers relaxing. John's dad,
    Lt. E.S. Keiter is lying on the cot.
    Walter S. Brown
    Refueling, notice the PT boat with
    torpedos on the oiler's deck.
    MM1 Christopher J. Schmitt Photos (from his son, Chris Schmitt)
    Walter S. Brown
    looking up at
    Brown's bridge
    Walter S. Brown
    another view of the oiler
    transporting PT boats
    Walter S. Brown
    Chris's Dad, MM1 Christopher J.
    Schmitt after working on a diesel
    Walter S. Brown
    Christopher's Dad and his friend
    Benny sitting on a depth charge rack
    Walter S. Brown
    ship's officers
    Walter S. Brown
    a French coastal escort vessel
    Walter S. Brown
    getting ready for liberty?
    Walter S. Brown
    Christopher's Dad getting a
    shoeshine in Casablanca
    Walter S. Brown
    highlining between ships
    Walter S. Brown
    highlining (another shot)
    Walter S. Brown
    working on the mast
    Walter S. Brown
    fresh fruit was a real treat
    Walter S. Brown
    relaxing on the crowded fantail

    Walter S. Brown History
    View the USS Walter S. Brown (DE 258) 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.

    Walter S. Brown's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jun. 1943 - 14 Oct. 1943Lcdr. William L. Harmon, USN (Comm. CO)
    2.) 14 Oct. 1943 - .. Feb. 1944Lt. Thomas Handasyde Perkins Whitney, USNR
    3.) .. Feb. 1944 - 11 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Lester C. Burdett, Jr., USNR
    4.) 11 Mar. 1945 - 04 Oct. 1945Lt. Arthur H. Connolly, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Lyle Borton's USS Walter S. Brown Facebook Group
    American Centuries Oral History of Paul Slater, USS Walter S. Brown
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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