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USS Peiffer (DE 588)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - D - N
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right:
Top Row Row: Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal w/Asia clasp
Third Row: Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 1 star - Philippine Independence 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
Peiffer (DE 588) Building and Operational Data:
  • 21 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.
  • 26 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Frank W. Peiffer, mother of Ens. Peiffer
  • 15 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr W. F. Jones in command
  • 01 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 11 months of service having steamed 120,000 miles
  • 19 March 1947: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 16 May 1967: Sunk as a target off California
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    110k Carl David Peiffer was born 18 September 1915, in Wilmington, N.C., and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 13 December 1940. Appointed as an Aviation Cadet 05 March 1941, he was commissioned Ensign on 25 September 1941. Following training at Norfolk, Va. he was assigned to duty with Scouting Squadron 6 aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) on 11 March 1942. Killed in action during the Battle of Midway on 04 June 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross (for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty..." as he "pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition."

    USS Peiffer (DE 588) (1944-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
    Warren G. Brehm
    Cumberland, Md.
    USS Peiffer Historian
    161k January 1944: Hingham, Mass. - USS Peiffer (DE 588) and USS Tinsman (DE 589) on the building ways of Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
    120k 26 January 1944: Hingham, Mass. - Peiffer is christened and launched.
    47k undated wartime image
    111k date / location unknown - Peiffer in rough weather (believed to be taken during a typhoon)
    107k December 1945: Peiffer departs the Philippine Islands enroute for the United States
    130k undated: Peiffer is "Homeward Bound."
    101k date / location unknown: Peiffer is tied up alongside USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419).
    175k Three undated photos of Peiffer's bridge area. The second two are looking aft from the bridge on the port and starboard sides.

    [Photos courtesy of Tim Rizzuto, Ship's Superindendent., USS Slater (DE 766)]
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    101k 09 January 1945: USS Peiffer is seen between fire support ships and transports off Lingayen, Philippines. Her green crew had seen non-stop action for two days at this point. Viewed from USS Russell (DD 414).

    (Photo by Lt.(jg) Edwin Klump)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    183k 01 June 1946: San Diego, Cal. - Peiffer's decommissioning crew photographed at the Naval Repair Base. Warren G. Brehm
    Cumberland, Md.
    USS Peiffer Historian
    34k Peiffer's only wartime casualty, Fireman 1st Class Roy Wilton of Brooklyn, N.Y. Roy was lost at sea on 11 December 1945.

    Peiffer Memorabilia
    Pages from First Logbook
    Crew Listing
    Courtesy of
    Warren Brehm
    Absentee Voting
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    List of
    Courtesy of
    Warren Brehm
    War Cruise
    Courtesy of
    Warren Brehm
    Peiffer's Final
    Resting Place
    Courtesy of
    Warren Brehm

    Peiffer History
    View the USS Peiffer (DE 588) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Peiffer as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Peiffer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Jun. 1944 - 30 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Wesley Francis Jones, USNR (Comm. CO) (Berkeley, Cal.)
    2.) 30 Aug. 1945 - .. Nov. 1945Lcdr. Thomas Nesbitt Mac Intyre, USNR (Yeadon, Pa.)
    3.) .. Nov. 1945 - .. Feb. 1946Lcdr. James B. McLees Jr., USNR (San Diego, Cal.)
    4.) .. Feb. 1946 - .. Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Charles F. Richardson, USNR
    5.) .. Apr. 1946 - .. May 1946Lt.(jg) Donald F. Dillon, USNR (Mill Valley, Cal.)
    6.) .. May 1946 - .. May 1946Lt.(jg) R. D. Olson, USNR
    7.) .. May 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Victor A. Hampshire, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    50th Annual Reunion, 25 - 29 July 2007
    Hampton Inn at Florence, S.C. (843) 629-9900
    Hosted by: George & Nancy Magera
    Address: 312 East Proctor Street
    City/State: Mullins SC 29574
    Telephone: (843) 464-8858 (H) or (843) 433-0184 (C)

    Contact Name: Warren G. Brehm
    Address: 1536B Oldtown Manor Apartments
    City/State: Cumberland MD 21502-4452
    E-mail: W. G. Brehm
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