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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 at Hingham, Mass. by Cmdr. M. G. Vangeli, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, representing Com1stND; Lcdr. Claude S. Farmer, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal.
  • 31 October 1946 1946: Assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District; arrived at San Francisco, towed to Sacramento, Cal. for use as a Naval Armory
  • 08 July 1948: Reactivated, placed "in service"; assigned to NRT, 12th Naval District at Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Cal.
  • 22 September 1950: Recommissioned, continued assignment at San Francisco, Cal.
  • 26 February 1958: Decommissioned at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, Cal. after 13 years and 8⅓ months of service; custody transferred to the CO, San Francisco Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 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
    219k 22 January 1944: Hingham, Mass. - The future USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) slides down the building way ramp into the water. -
    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
    293k 1950's: A radioman deep in thought aboard USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587). This photo was captioned "U.S. Navy sailor, a radioman, reading girly magazines." But this poor guy's getting a bad rap. If you look closely you'll see he's actually reading "The Radio Amateur's Licensing Manual".

    (Vintage photo from Robert T. Hendricks, a U.S. Navy Sailor who served in the attack transport USS Marathon [APA 200] in 1945)
    Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    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.

    (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8445 by Walter E. Frost from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Thomas F. Nickel
    116k mid-1950's: San Francisco, Cal. - USS Thomas F. Nickel (DE 587) moored at the Treasure Island Naval Station.

    [Photo by George R. Larson; USN (ret.) from the Old Blue Jacket web site of Warren Willis, CWO4, USN (ret.)]
    Chin Yu Chu
    Brunei Darussalam
    South East Asia
    Thomas F. Nickel
    238k Undated post-war view of Thomas F. Nickel underway. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    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.
    View the official War History of USS Thomas F. Nickel as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Thomas F. Nickel's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 Jun. 1944 .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Claude Smith Farmer, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) .. Mar. 1946 31 May 1946Lt.(jg) John J. Deasy, USNR (Decomm. CO) (San Francisco, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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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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