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USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - L - R
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Salt Lake"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - 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
Robert F. Keller (DE 419) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Peter S. Keller mother of Ens. Keller
  • 17 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr R. J. Toner, USNR, in command
  • 24 April 1946: Decommissioned
  • September 1946: Status changed to "in service", assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Puget Sound, Wash.
  • 31 March 1950: Status changed to "in commission, in reserve", assigned to NRT, Potomac River Naval Command at Washington, D.C.
  • 18 November 1950: Recommissioned (NRT)
  • 21 September 1959: Decommissioned and placed "in service" as NRT ship, 5th Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "in service" as NRT ship, 5th Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
  • January 1965: Final Decommissioning at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    R.F. Keller 82k undated wartime image, showing the collision with Sargent Bay (CVE 83) Bob Donlon, Sonarman 3c
    R.F. Keller 43k undated wartime image
    R.F. Keller 427k 30 May 1948: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419) passing under Lions Gate Bridge. (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8708 from the City of Vancouver Archives) Mike Green
    R.F. Keller 57k undated postwar image Bob Donlon, Sonarman 3c
    R.F. Keller 75k circa early 1950's: at Portsmouth, England
    R.F. Keller 84k March 1954: aboard USS Robert F. Keller - HMC Robert S.V. Hull compounds medicine in the sick bay of the ship. (U.S. Navy Photo
    80-G-636581 from the National Archives)
    Bill Gonyo
    R.F. Keller 71k circa 1954-55: at sea Bob Donlon, SOG3
    R.F. Keller 46k circa 1954-55: at sea
    R.F. Keller 129k circa 1954-55: underway off the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C.
    R.F. Keller 272k 1962: location unknown - Robert F. Keller at sea. (U.S. Navy Photo) Robert Hurst

    View the USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the Robert F. Keller Supplemental History
    from Bob Donlon
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