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USS Osberg (DE 538)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - O - O
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
Osberg (DE 538) Building and Operational Data:
  • 3 November 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 7 December 1943: Launched and christened
  • 10 December 1945: Commissioned
  • 1947: Decommissioned
  • 26 February 1951: Recommissioned
  • 25 February 1958: Decommissioned
  • 1 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 5 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Osberg 122k Artist's conception of Osberg by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Osberg 10k Carl August Osberg was born on 13 April 1920 in Dunbarton, N.H. After attending Cornell University, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Class V-5, as a seaman 2nd class, at the Boston Navy Yard on 10 December 1940. Reporting for elmination flight training at the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Base, Boston, on 16 December 1940, Osberg completed his instruction on 16 January 1941, and was transferred to the U.S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla., on 13 February. On the 15th he was appointed an aviation cadet, and on the 19th he received a discharge as seaman 2nd class to accept that appointment. He reported to NAS Jacksonville that same day. Detached on 23 July, he transferred to NAS Miami, Fla., "for active duty undergoing training." Appointed a naval aviator (heavier than air) on 12 September, he accepted his appointment that same day as ensign, A-V(N). Reporting to the Advanced Carrier Training Group, Pacific Fleet, on 5 October, he was detached from that duty on 4 November, and reported to Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3, part of the Saratoga (CV 3) Air Group, the next day.

    After the torpedoing of Saratoga on 11 January 1942, and her subsequent departure for repairs at Puget Sound, VT-3 was based ashore, first at NAS Pearl Harbor, at Ford Island, T.H., standing alert duty for island defense, then at NAS Kaneohe Bay, whence the squadron trained and continued to stand alerts. On 30 May 1942, assigned to the air group of Yorktown (CV 5), replacing VT-5, VT-3 flew on board as that carrier sailed to participate in what would become known as the Battle of Midway. On 4 June 1942, Yorktown launched VT-3, and Bombing Squadron 3, covered by fighters from Fighting Squadron 3, to attack the Japanese carrier force in concert with a strike from Enterprise (CV 6) and Hornet (CV 8). Circumstances, however, dictated that only the Yorktown Air Group attacked as a unit, with VT-3 the last of the three torpedo squadrons to execute their brave low-level attacks. Japanese Zero carrier fighters, however, overwhelmed the six-plane VF-3 covering element, and, in concert with heavy antiaircraft fire from the carriers and their screening ships, splashed ten of the twelve of VT-3's Douglas TBD-1 Devastator torpedo bombers. Ens. Osberg and his radio gunner, ARM2c Troy C. Barkley, perished in the attack. Osberg was awarded the Navy Cross (posthumously), for his "self-sacrificing gallantry and keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service..."

    USS Osberg (DE 538) (1945-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.     (Cropped from U.S. Navy photo #NH 95554 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Osberg 46k undated postwar image Jerry Church


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    Mike Smolinski

    The USS Osberg (DE 538) DANFS history entry
    is not available. For some reason, this ship was missed in the program.
    Osberg's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Dec. 1945 - Lcdr. Victor Stallworth Mauldin (Comm.)
    4.) 1953 - 1955Lcdr. Harry J. Messick
    5.) 1955 - 1956Lcdr. Virgil Cecil Tulley
    6.) 1956 - 1957Lcdr. Gerald Holsman Coster, Jr.

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    Additional Resources

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