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USS William Seiverling (DE 441)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon w/ Gold Star (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal -
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal w/ 3 stars
Fourth Row: Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

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
William Seiverling (DE 441) Building and Operational Data:
  • 02 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 07 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Grace Seiverling
  • 01 June 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lcdr. Charles F. Adams, Jr. in command
  • 21 March 1947: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 9⅔ months of service
  • 27 December 1950: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. Walter C. Cole in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 9 at San Diego
  • 27 September 1957: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 6 years and 9 months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 6⅔ months of service
  • 20 September 1973: Sold for scrap to the Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, Cal.
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    Wm. Seiverling

    Wm. Seiverling
    8k William Frank Seiverling, Jr. was born to William and Grace Seiverling on 22 September 1920 at Elizabethtown, Pa. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at Philadelphia, Pa., on 02 February 1942, he was attached to the Marine Barracks, Parris Island, S.C., for basic training from 03 February to 12 March. He moved to the base at New River, N.C., on the latter date and served there until 17 May 1942. He began service in the field on 19 June 1942 and, by the following fall, was a BARman with Company "C", 1st Battalion, Fifth Marines on Guadalcanal, helping to wrest control of that island from the Japanese. Pvt. Seiverling was killed on 01 November 1942 during the enemy attack across the Matanikau River on that island. When the enemy attacked, Seiverling ran down the hill in the face of enemy fire, killing at least one sniper and perhaps several others. Later, he covered the evacuation of wounded Marines from his own platoon; and, after hearing that the 2d Platoon was also in trouble, he ran between that unit and the enemy to cover his comrades' withdrawal. Once again, he killed several Japanese before he himself was hit by enemy machine-gun fire. Though wounded, Pvt. Seiverling continued to deliver a withering fire into an enemy position with his automatic rifle. As he started back over the ridge to make his own retirement, he was fatally wounded. By nightfall, 27 Marines of C/1/5 were dead or mortally wounded – one of the highest fatality rates any Marine company suffered in a single action on Guadalcanal. For unselfishly giving his life for his comrades and his country, Pvt. Seiverling was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, posthumously.

    USS William Seiverling (DE 441) (1944-1957) was the first ship to be named in his honor.        (Photo courtesy of the web site Missing Marines)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Wm. Seiverling 12k undated post-war image Jerry Church
    Wm. Seiverling 96k 1951: William Seiverling off the Korean coast.
    (Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the collection of N.A. "Stretch" Brown)

    NOTE: Carol is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on for availability.
    Carol Edgemon Hipperson
    Wm. Seiverling 545k undated post-war image Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Wm. Seiverling 301k 17 January 1956: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Four destroyer escorts are in dry dock #2 at Mare Island. Back row are: USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) left and William Seiverling right; front row are: USS Wiseman (DE 667) left and USS Lewis (DE 535) right. All were in dock from 15 December 1955 to 18 January 1956 and started overhaul on 28 November 1955. Wiseman completed overhaul on 29 February 1956, Seiverling & Moore completed on 11 February 1956 and Lewis completed on 09 March 1956.
    (U.S. Navy photo #MINSY 27713-1-56)

    William Seiverling Memorabilia
    News Article
    W. Sieverling
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    Launch Button
    W. Sieverling
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    Tom Kermen
    Ship's Lighter
    W. Sieverling
    Courtesy of
    John A. Altfeltis

    William Seiverling History
    View the USS William Seiverling (DE 441) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS William Seiverling as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    William Seiverling's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Jun. 1944 - 16 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Charles Francis Adams, Jr., USNR (Boston, Mass.)
    2.) 16 Mar. 1945 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Francis Willard Larson, USNR
    3.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... 1946Lt.(jg) John O. Hooper, USNR
    4.) .. .... 1946 - .. .... ....Cmdr. W. E. Byrne, USNR
    5.) 27 Dec. 1950 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Walter C. Cole
    6.) .. .... .... - .. .... 1954Lcdr. Robert Gray Tower (USNA ‘42) (Los Angeles, Cal.)
    7.) .. .... 1954 - .. .... 1955Lcdr. Hal M. Winner (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    8.) .. .... 1955 – 27 Sep. 1957Lcdr. Reed H. Nielson (enl. '36 / OCS WWII) (Eureka, Utah)

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