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Left ship's patch courtesy of Nick Tiberio, Next courtesy of Charlie Fullam, RM3 (9/59-11/61)
Two right patches from Mike Smolinski
Tab courtesy of Harold Newbill

USS Haverfield (DE 393)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - K - B
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Cannon Lake"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 stars - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (palm) Unit Citation w/ 2 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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
Haverfield (DE 393) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 July 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 30 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Tracy Haverfield, mother of Ensign Haverfield
  • 29 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Jerry A. Matthews in command
  • 30 June 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 7 months of service
  • 02 September 1954: Reclassified as DER 393, conversion commenced at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • 04 January 1955: Recommissioned at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 23 July 1955: Homeport assignment changed to Seattle, Wash. as flagship of the new CortRon 5 for radar picket patrol off the Pacific coast
  • 16 May 1960: Homeport assignment changed to Apra, Guam
  • March 1965: Homeport assignment changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 02 June 1969: Decommissioned at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station after 14 years and 5 months of service, struck from the NVR with a total of 18 years of service
  • 15 December 1971: Sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co. Ltd. of Kaoshiung, Taiwan for $35,000.00

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    48k James Wallace Haverfield was born 11 April 1917 in Urichsville, Ohio. After receiving his B.A. from Ohio State University in 1939, Haverfield enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an apprentice seaman 11 September 1940. He accepted an appointment as a midshipman 16 March 1941 and after completing his training at Northwestern University, was commissioned Ensign 12 June 1941. Ensign Haverfield reported to the battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor 28 June, and remained there. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941, Ensign James Haverfield was one of 46 officers and 1,057 men of Arizona lost when the valiant ship was sunk by the enemy.

    USS Haverfield (DE 393) (1943-1969) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Ohio State University Archives thanks to the assistance of the Ohio State University Alumni Association)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    26k undated wartime image Harold Newbill
    83k 01 May 1944: location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    144k 01 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two views of USS Haverfield (DE 393) laying off the New York Navy Yard. At 0930 she departed the New York Navy Yard after a brief repair availability. She then anchored at an ammunition anchorage in Graves End Bay to replace ammunition and depth charges. When finished she changed anchorages to calibrate HF, RDF, and magnetic compasses. At 2130, in company with Swenning (DE 394) she departed for the Naval Munitions Depot at Yorktown, Va. to exchange her Mk VI depth charges for newer Mk VIII and IX's. They arrived at Yorktown at 1500 on 02 May.

    (U.S. Navy photos #NH 91576 and #NH 91578 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    144k undated wartime image: A grainy shot of Haverfield at anchor. She appears to be in overall dark gray.

    (U.S. Navy photos #NH 81837 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    279k late 1950's: location unknown, Haverfield underway.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 89184 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    53k 1961: Guam, quarterdeck watch Harold Newbill
    44k 1961: Guam, Harold's step-dad, Gary B. Callahan, ET3
    41k 1961: Guam
    104k 1961: underway off Guam
    101k 1961: underway off Guam, ET3 Gary Callahan at the helm
    108k 1962: underway in the Pacific
    111k 1962: underway in the Pacific, rifle training on the fantail
    158k 1962: Mooring at Yokosuka, Japan
    284k early 1960's: Haverfield underway off an unknown port. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    451k 1964: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Haverfield moored outboard of USS Vance (DER 387) at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station.

    (Photo by Tom Jaras)
    109k 12 February 1966: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    178k January 1967: Hong Kong - USS Haverfield (DER 393) tied up to a mooring buoy while on a port visit to Hong Kong.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 81836 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.

    Haverfield Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Haverfield History
    View the USS Haverfield (DE 393) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Haverfield as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Haverfield's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  29 Nov. 1943 – 15 Apr. 1945Lcdr. Jerry A. Mathews Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Washington, D.C.)
    2.)  15 Apr. 1945 - 13 Jan. 1946Lt./Lcdr. Raymond Wilson Dudley, USNR (Suffolk, Va.)
    3.)  13 Jan. 1946 – 16 Apr. 1946Lcdr. John F. Burditt, USNR (Newton, Mass.)
    4.)  16 Apr. 1946 - Lt.(jg) Martin B. Marcus, USNR
    5.)  04 Jan. 1955 – 13 Jul. 1956Lcdr. Billy Goodwin Westerfield
    6.)  13 Jul. 1956 – 22 Jul. 1958Lcdr. John Henry Ernesti
    7.)  22 Jul. 1958 – 30 Jul. 1959Lcdr. Chester Lawrence Petersen (Bremerton, Wash.)
    8.)  30 Jul. 1959 – 20 Jul. 1960Lcdr. Orlin Neil Putman (Yuba City, Cal.)
    9.)  20 Jul. 1960 – 08 Jul. 1961Cmdr. Robert Holmes Robeson Jr. (USNA ‘46) (Rochester, N. Y.)
    10.) 08 Jul. 1961 – 29 Jun. 1963Lcdr. John Robert Kearney
    11.) 29 Jun. 1963 – 13 Oct. 1965Lcdr. William Everett Muncy (Van Nuys, Cal.)
    12.) 13 Oct. 1965 – 15 Dec. 1966Lcdr. Alan Frederick Martin (Detroit, Mich.)
    13.) 15 Dec. 1966 – 10 May 1968Lcdr. James Paul Kvederis (Allegheny, Pa.)
    14.) 10 May 1968 – 02 Jun. 1969Lcdr. Robert Francis Baril

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