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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/ 3 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 Sieverling (DE 441) Building and Operational Data:
  • 2 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 7 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Grace Seiverling
  • 1 June 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Lcdr Charles F. Adams, Jr. in command
  • 21 March 1947: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal.
  • 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.
  • 1 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 September 1973: Sold for scrap to the Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, Cal.
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    Seiverling 12k undated postwar image Jerry Church
    Seiverling 96k 1951: William Seiverling off the Korean coast. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the collection of N.A. "Stretch" Brown)

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    Carol Edgemon Hipperson
    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 9 March 1956. (U.S. Navy photo #MINSY 27713-1-56) Darryl Baker

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

    View the USS William Seiverling (DE 441) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    William Seiverling's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Jun. 1944 - .. . .Lcdr. Charles Francis Adams, Jr.
    2.) 27 Dec. 1950 - .. . .Lcdr. Walter C. Cole
    3.) .. . . - .. . 1954Lcdr. Robert Gray Tower
    4.) .. . 1954 - .. . 1955Lcdr. Hal M. Winner
    5.) .. . 1955 27 Sep. 1957Lcdr. Reed H. Nielson

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Paul Denuel
    E-mail: Paul Denuel

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS William Seiverling
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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