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USS Straus (DE 408)


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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Straus (DE 408) Building and Operational Data:
  • 18 November 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 30 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. David Straus
  • 6 April 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. D. A. Nienstedt in command
  • 15 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 May 1966: Stricken from the NVR
  • August 1973: Sunk as target
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    Straus 39kb 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. (Photos and text from "U.S. Destroyer Escorts of World War 2" by Peter Elliott) Robert Hurst

    View the USS Straus (DE 408) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Straus

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