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|194k||08 June 1944: Boston Harbor - USS Straus (DE 408) laying to off the Boston Navy Yard while calibrating the DAK direction finder. She had been in the yard
from 01 to 08 June for post-shakedown repairs and alterations. She would get underway for Norfolk, Va. on the 9th.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91911 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|268k||USS Straus (DE 408) circa 1944. Note camouflage pattern port side which differed from starboard side. Aerials and an ensign gaff on the funnel
were common in this class and two 20 mm Oerlikons were fitted on the stern, aft of the 5"/38 gun. (Text from "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World
War 2" by Peter Elliott) (Description from Robert Hurst)
These photos were sent to us by Carol after they were found in a scrapbook belonging to Raymond J. Shimley. Raymond passed away on 07 March 2017 at the nursing home where Carol is employed and had no known relatives to give his effects to. Born Raymond John Sczmelick on 26 August 1925 and raised in the borough of Duryea, Pa., he was inducted into the Navy at Dupont, Pa. on 22 November 1943. Completing boot camp at Sampson, New York, he attended the DE Training School at the Norfolk Training Station and reported to USS Straus (DE 408) at Houston, Texas on 06 April 1944 as a Seaman 2nd Class. He was promoted to Seaman 1st Class on 01 April 1946, and departed Straus the next day for Camp Elliot at San Diego to be discharged. R.I.P. Raymond
|Carol Ann Plesnar|
|View the USS Straus (DE 408) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Straus as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Straus's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 06 Apr. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Donald Albert Nienstedt, USNR (Comm. CO) (prior enl. / USNA '34) (Los Angeles, Cal.)|
|2.) .. Dec. 1945 - .. Apr. 1946||Lt. L. E. Jurgensen, USNR|
|3.) .. Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946||Lcdr. Thiel John Kohne, USNR|
|4.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 15 Jan. 1947||Lcdr. Marion Chambliss Walley, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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