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Ship's Name Tab Courtesy of Al Grazevich
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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||undated wartime image, showing the collision with Sargent Bay (CVE 83)
||Bob Donlon, Sonarman 3c
||undated wartime image
||undated postwar image
||circa early 1950's: at Portsmouth, England
||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)
||circa 1954-55: at sea
||Bob Donlon, SOG3
||circa 1954-55: at sea
||circa 1954-55: underway off the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C.
||1962: location unknown - Robert F. Keller at sea. (U.S. Navy Photo)
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
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Robert F. Keller
The Destroyer History Foundation
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