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USS Fieberling (DE 640)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Fieberling (DE 640) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 March 1944: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 02 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. A. Fieberling, mother of Lieutenant Fieberling
  • 11 April 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. E. E. Lull, USNR, in command
  • 13 March 1948: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 3 years and 11 months of service
  • 01 March 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 20 November 1972: Sold for scrapping
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    100k Langdon Kellogg Fieberling was born 03 January 1910 in Oakland, Calif. Langdon was the son of Charles August Fieberling and Mary Louise Kellogg who were secretly married in San Jose, Cal. on 04 July 1908. His only sibling was Charles Dewitt Fieberling. Langdon graduated from the Oakland Technical high school about 1928. On 09 Jan 1929, Langdon joined the crew of the merchant vessel S.S. Absaroka in San Francisco as an ordinary seaman. After the ship made a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico she arrived in New York on 12 February 1929. Later that year Langdon entered the University of California at Berkeley and joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. During the summer break at the end of his freshman year in college, Langdon again signed on to the crew of the S.S. Absaroka in San Francisco as an ordinary seaman on 26 July 1930. After a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ship departed for New York on 15 August and arrived there on 25 August 1930. Langdon returned to college and graduated from UC Berkeley about 1934.

    Langdon enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Flight Training Program (V-5) on 07 October 1935 at the Naval Air Station, Alameda, Cal. He was ordered to temporary active service for Elimination Flight training at Alameda. After successfully completing his initial flight training, Fieberling received orders home to await further instruction. Early the following year he received orders to report to the Naval Air Station Pensacola to begin the intermediate phase of his flight training. On 26 June, he was discharged to accept an appointment as an Aviation Cadet. Fieberling accepted that appointment on 27 June 1936. He completed his flight training, received his gold wings as naval aviator #5104, and he accepted a commissioned as an Ensign A-V(N), U.S. Naval Reserve on 01 March 1937.

    On 01 April 1940, Fieberling was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. as an instructor. In June 1941, Langdon became engaged to Mrs. Dixie Cavalier Carlisle. They were to be married during Langdon's next leave after June 1942. Dixie Cavalier married Burlington Morris Carlisle on 09 March 1938 in Piedmont, Cal. They were divorced in 1941. Burlington and Langdon were fraternity brothers. Langdon received a promotion to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) on 01 March 1940 and to Lieutenant on 02 January 1942. He was detached from NAS Pensacola in July 1941 and transferred to a new aviation squadron being formed at NAS Norfolk, Va.; Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8).  (CONTINUED....)

    USS Fieberling (DE 640) (1944-1948) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 85190 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Gerry Lawton
    Commander, USN (ret.)
    Saluda, N.C.

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    Missing In Action
    Fieberling 84k 02 April 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Fieberling is launched and enters the water for the first time. Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    Fieberling 30k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    William B. Ackroyd

    Fieberling History
    View the USS Fieberling (DE 664) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Thornhill History
    View the USS Fieberling (DE 640) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Fieberling as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Fieberling's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 11 Apr. 1944 - .. .... ....Lcdr. Edward E. Lull
    2.) .. Nov. 1945 - 16 Sep. 1946Lcdr. William L. Vaughen
    3.) .. .... 1947 - 13 Mar. 1948Lcdr. Joseph Clark Spitler, USN (USNA '41) (Lufkin, Tex.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Ray D. Windle
    Address: 2204 Plantation Lane
    City/State: Plano TX
    Phone: (800) 326-1662
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