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USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - W - G

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
Second Row: Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Specifications:
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
Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 January 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 29 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jack Edington of Maiami, Fla., sister of Platoon Sergeant O'Brien
  • 03 July 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr R. D. White, USNR, in command
  • 02 July 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years of service
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 22 June 1951: Homeport assignment changed to Newport, R.I.
  • 05 September 1958: Assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District at New York City
  • 21 February 1959: Decommissioned, status changed to "In Service", NRT assignment continued
  • 25 May 1960: Placed "Out of Service, In Reserve" at Bayonne, N.J. after 9 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 11 years and 2 months of service
  • 04 April 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Chester T. O'Brien 273k undated wartime image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Chester T. O'Brien 223k early post-war image (note the 20mm AA guns just aft of the stack)
    Chester T. O'Brien 71k late summer or early fall 1952, entering Havana, Cuba Louis O. Schulte
    Lt.(jg, USN (ret.)
    July 1952 to January 1954.
    CIC Officer, then Chief Engineer
    Raymond 214k Summer 1953: Copenhagen, Denmark - Four destroyer escorts make a Scandinavian port visit during a North Atlantic Midshipman Cruise. From left to right: USS Raymond (DE 341), USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), and USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421), with a fourth unidentified DE aft. This photo is part of the CT-DESA exhibit which is displayed at our CT-DESA chapter events.
    (Photo from the Nick Palermo Collection)
    John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Shelton, Conn.

    Chester T. O'Brien History
    View the USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Chester T. O'Brien as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Chester T. O'Brien's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 03 Jul. 1944 27 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Richard D. White, USNR (Alexandria, Va.)
    2.) 27 Jul. 1945 .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Robert Sherwood Tackaberry, USN (USNA 40) (Evanston, Ill.)
    3.) .. Mar. 1946 25 May 1946Lt.(jg) R. S. Moore, USN

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Chester T. O'Brien
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