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USS Oliver Mitchell (DE 417)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

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
Oliver Mitchell (DE 417) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1944: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 08 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Margaret R. Mitchell, mother of 2nd Lt. Oliver Mitchell
  • 14 June 1944 Commissioned at Naval Station New Orleans, Algiers, La., Lcdr. Kenneth J. Barclay in command
  • 13 April 1945 - 17 November 1945: Moored at South Harbor, Manila, the Philippine Islands providing electrical power to U.S. Army shore installations
  • 24 April 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 15 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 January 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Oliver Mitchell 71k 08 February 1944: Houston, Tex. - USS Oliver Mitchell being side launched at the Brown Shipbuilding Co. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Oliver Mitchell 57k undated wartime image Dave Caputo
    Oliver Mitchell 141k April 1944: Oliver Mitchell at sea. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    Oliver Mitchell History
    View the USS Oliver Mitchell (DE 417) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Oliver Mitchell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 14 Jun. 1944 - 27 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Kenneth J. Barclay, USNR
    2.) 27 Dec. 1945 04 Apr. 1946Lt. R. W. Wheeler Jr., USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Oliver Mitchell
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