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USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - N - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Hingham, Mass.
  • 22 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Fred W. Nickel, Private Nickels' mother
  • 09 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Claude S. Farmer, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • -- June 1946: Assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District; towed to Sacramento, Cal. for use as a Naval Armory
  • 08 July 1948: Reactivated, placed "In Service"; assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District at San Francisco, Cal.
  • 22 September 1950: Recommissioned, continued assignment at San Francisco, Cal.
  • -- December 1951: Reassigned to NRT, 11th Naval District at San Diego, Cal.
  • 22 February 1958: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 13 years and 8⅓ months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 June 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Levin Metals Co., San Jose, Cal.
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    Thomas F. Nickel 122k Artist's conception of Thomas F. Nickel 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
    Thomas F. Nickel 23k 1945: Hollandia, New Guinea - Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587), taken while she was at anchor. My father, then Lcdr Claude S. Farmer, USNR, was her commissioning CO and was in command when she destroyed two Japanese midget submarine in August 1945. Claude S. Farmer, Jr.
    Commander, USN (ret.)
    Thomas F. Nickel 449k 27 July 1955: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) lies off while preparing to moor at Vancouver.

    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8445 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Thomas F. Nickel 238k Undated post-war view of Thomas F. Nickel underway. Navsource
    Thomas F. Nickel 72k 1957: San Francisco, Cal. - Thomas F. Nickel, taken from Treasure Island. Russell Cole

    Thomas F. Nickel History
    View the USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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    Additional Resources

    Dennis Fisher's "YouTube" Tribute to USS Thomas F. Nickel
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Thomas F. Nickel
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