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|39k||Marvin Lee Ramsden, the son of James LeRoy and Ellen (Smith) Ramsden, was born on 02 January 1919 at Pleasant Lake, North Dakota. He enlisted in the Navy on 21 May 1936
and, after recruit training, reported for duty in USS Lexington (CV 2) on 08 October 1936. During the Battle of the Coral Sea on 08 May 1942, Coxswain Ramsden, a member of
Lexington's crew throughout his career, remained at his exposed station, despite wounds, continuing to operate a range finder in the face of intense enemy strafing and dive-bombing
attacks until he died. For his gallant and intrepid conduct, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. His remains were never recovered and he is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery
and Memorial at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines, within the boundaries of the former Fort William McKinley.
USS Ramsden (DE 382) (1943-1946, 1952-1954, 1957-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site of North Dakota Veterans Affairs)
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|412k||03 April 1945: New Yok City - Starboard side aerial view of USS Ramsden (DE 382) in lower New York Bay. Ramsden had entered the New York
Navy Yard in Brooklyn on 21 March for voyage repairs, alterations, training, and recreation. After repairs she got underway at 0735 on 03 April, and moored at the Earle Naval Ammunition Depot
in Leonardo, N.J. at 1328. After loading ammuntion back aboard she departed Earle at 2106 for the Long Island Sound Training Area.
(U.S. Navy Photo, Catalog No. 80-G-313021 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|197k||The USCGC Ramsden, underway, sometime between 1952 and 1954.|
|206k||10 December 1957: Lon Beach, Cal. - USS Ramsden is recommissioned at Long Beach Naval Shipyard for Cold War duties.
(U.S. Navy Photo, 195295 from the United States National Archives, NARA Riverside, Cal.)
West Chester, Pa.
|69k||Ramsden, as DER 382, at sea sometime between 1957 and 1960.||James Matsuyama|
|69k||post-1960: Ramsden in mothballs.||Nick Tiberio|
|View the USS Ramsden (DE 382) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Ramsden as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Ramsden's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 19 Oct. 1943 – 04 Mar. 1944||Cmdr. Joseph Edward Madacey, USCG (Trenton, N.J.)|
|2.) 04 Mar. 1944 – 26 Mar. 1945||Lcdr. Sherman T. Baketel, USCGR (Marblehead, Mass.)|
|3.) 26 Mar. 1945 – 07 Oct. 1945||Lt. Proctor Winter, USCGR|
|4.) 07 Oct. 1945 - 13 Jun. 1946||Lcdr. R. H. Welton, USCG|
|5.) 10 Dec. 1957 - 05 Feb. 1959||Lcdr. Wallace Vern Van Pelt (Whitewater, Colo.)|
|6.) 05 Feb. 1959 – 23 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. William Francis Clifford Jr. (USNA '47) (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)|
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