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USS Tabberer (DE 418)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Phillipine Liberation Ribbon

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
Tabberer (DE 419) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 18 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary M. Tabberer, widow of the late Lt. (j.g.) Tabberer
  • 23 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Henry Lee Plage, USNR, in command
  • 24 April 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1.9 years of service
  • 07 April 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. Jerrold W. McNulty in command
  • June 1951: Homeport assignment changed to Newport, R.I.
  • May 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 9.1 years of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 11 years of service
  • 03 October 1973: Sold for scrapping to Mr. David Hahn, Key West, Fla.
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    Tabberer 42k undated wartime image -
    Tabberer 47k Taberrer, refuelling from an unidentified US warship. During the great typhoon of December 1944, Taberrer, with her radio and radar knocked-out, was thought to have been lost. But she was busy at the unbelievable feat of picking up 55 survivors from the USS Hull. (Photo taken from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War 11", by Theodore Roscoe Robert Hurst
    Tabberer 43k undated postwar image Nick Tiberio
    Tabberer 243k undated: location unknown - Port and starboard bow views of Tabberer (DE 418) underway. (U.S. Navy photo #NH 73660 and #NH 73661 courtesy of Ted DiCecco, Avondale, Pa., from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Mike Green
    Tabberer 177k
    Tabberer 136k undated postwar image (These three photos were from Tom's father, Henry Chester Latour, who served in the Navy from 1953 to 1958. Part of that time was spent in Tabberer) Thomas Latour
    Tabberer 91k shipmates at work
    Tabberer 80k and now it looks like the work is done
    Tabberer 69.9k undated postwar image Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    ***Coffman / Tabberer*** 269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking south from the Langley Ave. side, we see Whitehall (PC-856) and another unidentified PC alongside the the Intrepid Ave. quay. Further to the right, at the Constitution Ave. quay we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer, Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen (DE 531). Jim Cunliffe
    ***Coffman / Tabberer*** 287k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer, and Coffman (DE 191). In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341).

    Tabberer History
    View the USS Tabberer (DE 418) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Tabberer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  23 May 1944 - 25 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Henry Lee Plage (comm. CO) (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    2.)  25 Jul. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Dean A. DeCourdes, USNR
    3.)  .. Mar. 1946 - 24 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Bruce Gregory Kroger, USNR (decomm. CO) (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    4.)  07 Apr. 1951 - .. Jul. 1952Cmdr. Willard Jerrold McNulty (recomm. CO) (Spokane, Wash.)
    5.)  .. Jul. 1952 - .. Nov. 1954Cmdr. John Joseph Skahill
    6.)  .. Nov. 1954 - .. .... 1955Cmdr. James Clinton Wilson (Rison, Az.)
    7.)  .. .... 1955 - .. .... 1955Lcdr. Sullivan
    8.)  .. .... 1955 - .. .... 1957Lcdr. William Morris Arl Greene (Linville, N.C.) (ret. as Radm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Andrew Pack
    Address: PO Box 66 / Battiest OK 74722
    Phone: (580) 241-7740

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