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USS Ramsden (DE 382)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - G - Z
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactively) - China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (USCG Service) - United Nations Korean Service Medal (USCG Service)

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
Ramsden (DE 382) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 March 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 24 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James L. Ramsden, mother of Coxswain Ramsden
  • 19 October 1943: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. Dock by Capt. D. C. Redgrave, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Lcdr. J. E. Madacey, USCG, in command
  • 13 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 28 March 1952: Loaned to USCG and recommissioned as WDE 482
  • 10 April 1954: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal., returned to U.S. Navy custody after 2 years and ⅓ month of service
  • 19 October 1956: Conversion to DER begun at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified as DER 382
  • 22 October 1957: Recommissioned at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Lcdr. W. V. Van Pelt, USN, in command; assigned as a unit of Escort Squadron 7 at Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 23 June 1960: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2 years and 6⅓ months of service
  • 01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 7 years and 2⅔ months of service
  • (date unknown): Sunk as target
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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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE / FF / LCS
    Archive Manager
    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)
    Mike Green
    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.)
    Dave Schroeder
    Milwaukee, Wis.
    John Chiquoine
    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
    Shelton, Conn.

    Ramsden History
    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. 1944Cmdr. Joseph Edward Madacey, USCG (Trenton, N.J.)
    2.) 04 Mar. 1944 26 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Sherman T. Baketel, USCGR (Marblehead, Mass.)
    3.) 26 Mar. 1945 07 Oct. 1945Lt. Proctor Winter, USCGR
    4.) 07 Oct. 1945 - 13 Jun. 1946Lcdr. R. H. Welton, USCG
    5.) 10 Dec. 1957 - 05 Feb. 1959Lcdr. Wallace Vern Van Pelt (Whitewater, Colo.)
    6.) 05 Feb. 1959 23 Jun. 1960Lcdr. William Francis Clifford Jr. (USNA '47) (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Ramsden
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