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USS Mills (DE 383)
N - J - U - T
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Fever Breaker"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Third Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row: National Defense Service Medal - Antarctica Service Ribbon - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
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
Mills (DE 383) Building and Operational Data:
26 March 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
26 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James E. Mills
12 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr J. S. Muzzy, USCG, in command
14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
1 November 1956: Reclassified as DER 383, conversion commenced at the Boston Naval Shipyard
3 October 1957: Recommissioned, Lcdr Joseph E. Feaster in command, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a radar picket of the North American Continental Air Defense System
3 September 1968: Assigned as NRT ship, Washington Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
27 October 1970: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va.
1 August 1974: Struck from the NVR
12 March 1975: Sold for scrapping
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||August 1960: Boston Naval Shipyard (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
||April 1967: Italy (Photo © Richard McNamara)
||late 1960's: in New York Harbor, with the statue of Liberty off the starboard bow.
||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Two views of decommissioned Mills at the Inactive Ship Basin of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
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View the USS Mills (DE 383) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Jack Merkle
Address: 12403 Madeley Lane / Bowie MD 20715
Phone: (301) 262-4288
E-mail: Jack Merkle
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