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USS Walter C. Wann (DE 412)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

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
Walter C. Wann (DE 412) Building and Operational Data:
  • 6 December 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Walter C. Wann Sr., mother of Pharmacist's Mate Wann
  • 02 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. John W. Stedman, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 22 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 1 month of service having steamed 87,000 miles, she was credited with the destruction of two Japanese aircraft
  • 11 July 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • June 1969: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Co., Terminal Island, Cal.
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    Walter C. Wann 422k A starboard view of USS Walter C. Wann (DE 412) at an unidentified location wearing camouflage scheme MS31/22D. The photo was taken sometime before 04 October 1944, when it was received in Washington DC. There is only a single black panel on the stern quarter.

    (U.S. Navy Bureau of Shipping Photo #BS 132136 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Walter C. Wann 186k undated wartime images

    (Photos from Clint's Dad, Ralph Bigelow, a wartime crewmember.)
    Clint Bigelow
    Walter C. Wann 366k
    Walter C. Wann 83k November 1967: Walter C. Wann laidup at Mare Island.

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.

    Walter C. Wann History
    View the USS Walter C. Wann (DE 412) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Walter C. Wann as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Walter C. Wann's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 02 May 1944 18 Aug. 1945Lcdr. John W. Stedman Jr., USNR
    2.) 18 Aug. 1945 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Arthur W. Cocroft, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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