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USS Wagner (DE 539)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - U - T
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
None
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
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 per cent 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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    Wagner 125k undated -
    Wagner 220k 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). Tim Rizzuto
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    USS Slater (DE 766)

    Wagner Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    Wagner
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    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 Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Nov. 1955 - .. .... 1957Lcdr. Edward Arlo Riley (comm.)
    2.) .. .... 1957 - .. .... 1959Lcdr. Kenneth Johnson Cole
    3.) .. .... 1959 - 31 Mar. 1960Lcdr. John David Rodda (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the Frequently
    Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

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