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USS Wagner (DE 539)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - U - T
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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
Wagner (DE 539) Building and Operational Data:
08 November 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
27 December 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alfred Thomas
17 February 1947: Construction suspended (61.5% complete) due to postwar cutbacks, towed to the Naval Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Boston and "mothballed"
19 October 1953: Construction resumed at the Boston Naval Shipyard, scheduled for completion as a radar picket escort ship, redesignated DER539
22 November 1955: Commissioned, Lcdr Edward A. Riley in command, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 18
31 March 1960: Placed "in commission, in reserve"
June 1960: Decommissioned at Orange, Tex. after 4.3 years of service
01 November 1974: Struck from the NVR
Sunk as a target, date unknown
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||undated: Philadelphia, Pa. - Wagner in mothballs at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facilty, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Aft of her is
Rhodes (DER 384) and to her port lies Chambers (DER 391).
USS Slater (DE 766)
|View the USS Wagner (DE 539) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|Wagner's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 22 Nov. 1955 - .. .... 1957||Lcdr. Edward Arlo Riley (Comm. CO)
|2.) .. .... 1957 - 19 Jun. 1958||Lcdr. Kenneth Johnson Cole
|3.) 19 Jun. 1958 - 18 May 1959||Lcdr. William S. Johnston
|3.) 18 May 1959 - 31 Mar. 1960||Lcdr. John David Rodda (Decomm. CO)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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