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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


Specifications:
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
  • 4 October 1945: Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 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 Webster (ARV2). It was, I think, the tender for Div 5. John W. Keiter
    Walter S. Brown 205k Brown at sea
    Walter S. Brown 204k Looking over Brown's stern at Gibraltar
    Walter S. Brown 223k Believed to be the Dobler (DE48), taken from Brown
    Lt. E.S. Keiter Photos (from his son, John W. Keiter)
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    Walter S. Brown
    Delivering mail to Brown.
    81k
    Walter S. Brown
    The ship's mascot.
    88k
    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.
    67k
    Walter S. Brown
    Painting the flying bridge.
    79k
    Walter S. Brown
    Dinner in the wardroom.
    228k
    Walter S. Brown
    Brown's crew at movie call.
    69k
    Walter S. Brown
    Inspection at sea.
    67k
    Walter S. Brown
    Making smoke.
    82k
    Walter S. Brown
    An appendectomy being performed on a
    sailor from another ship in the wardroom.
    The incident was mentioned in the log.
    55k
    Walter S. Brown
    Officers on the bridge.
    350k
    Walter S. Brown
    Off duty officers relaxing. John's dad,
    Lt. E.S. Keiter is lying on the cot.
    361k
    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)
    56k
    Walter S. Brown
    looking up at
    Brown's bridge
    58k
    Walter S. Brown
    another view of the oiler
    transporting PT boats
    111k
    Walter S. Brown
    Chris's Dad, MM1 Christopher J.
    Schmitt after working on a diesel
    131k
    Walter S. Brown
    Christopher's Dad and his friend
    Benny sitting on a depth charge rack
    109k
    Walter S. Brown
    ship's officers
    83k
    Walter S. Brown
    a French coastal escort vessel
    58k
    Walter S. Brown
    getting ready for liberty?
    132k
    Walter S. Brown
    Christopher's Dad getting a
    shoeshine in Casablanca
    119k
    Walter S. Brown
    highlining between ships
    106k
    Walter S. Brown
    highlining (another shot)
    97k
    Walter S. Brown
    working on the mast
    99k
    Walter S. Brown
    fresh fruit was a real treat
    135k
    Walter S. Brown
    relaxing on the crowded fantail

    View the USS Walter S. Brown (DE 258) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    American Centuries Oral History of Paul Slater, USS Walter S. Brown
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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