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|9k||Ralph Wille Janssen was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, 28 January 1915, and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 12 October 1940. He was later appointed Midshipman,
undergoing training on board Arkansas and at the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School 1940-41. Upon commissioning, Janssen reported to destroyer Porter 02 August 1941,
and served on her during the critical first months of the Pacific war. Promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) 15 June 1942, he was killed 26 October 1942 when Porter was torpedoed by an
enemy submarine during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
USS Janssen (DE 396) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Illinois thanks to Nancy Chism
|469k||01 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Janssen at anchor off the Brooklyn Navy Yard||Tim Rizzuto
|80k||October 1945, Charleston, S.C.||Walt Peterson, S1C|
|335k||undated: Philadelphia. Pa. - Janssen at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
(A Ted Stone photo that he donated to the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum collection)
|362k||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Ship Basin at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking north from the Intrepid Ave. side, there are rows and rows of mothballed destroyers and destroyers escorts. One of the few identifiable ships is Janssen, decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. in 1946 and later transferred and towed to Philadelphia. Forward of her is the destroyer Sigourney (DD 643).||Jim Cunliffe|
|View the USS Janssen (DE 396) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Janssen as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Janssen's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Dec. 1943 – 25 Sep. 1944||Lcdr. Harold E. Cross, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 25 Sep. 1944 - 28 Mar. 1945||Lcdr. Rupert Dexter Hawley, USNR|
|3.) 28 Mar. 1945 - 13 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Sydney G. Rubinow, USNR|
|4.) 13 Jan. 1946 - 12 Apr. 1946||Lt. T. B. Morgan, Jr., USNR|
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