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USS Wiseman (DE 667)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - P - S
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Greensboro"

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 - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Korean Service Medal w/ 6 stars - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War 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
Wiseman (DE 667) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 July 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 06 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. June Holton, the widow of Lt. (jg.) Wiseman
  • 04 April 1944: Commissioned at Algiers, La., Lcdr. W. B. McClaran Jr., USNR, in command
  • 31 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 8¾ months of service
  • 11 September 1950: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. Jay W. Land in command
  • 16 May 1959: Decommissioned, placed "in service" as Group I NRT ship, 11th Naval District at San Diego, Cal., Lt. W. V. Powell, officer-in-charge
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, Lcdr. C. V. Wilhoit Jr., in command
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned, placed back "in service" as a unit of ResDesDiv 272 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 15 April 1973: Placed "out of service", struck from the NVR with a total of 25 years and 3¾ months of service
  • 29 April 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, Cal. for the sum of $65,000.00.
  • 22 May 1974: Removed from Navy custody.
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    9k Osborne Beeman Wiseman was born on 20 February 1915 in Zanesville, Ohio and was appointed to the Naval Academy on 22 June 1934, graduating on 02 June 1938. After sea duty in Saratoga (CV 3) and Roe (DD 418), Wiseman was transferred to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Fla., for flight training. Detached on 17 March 1941, having won his wings, Wiseman joined Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, embarked in Saratoga. After that carrier was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine 1-25 off Oahu on 11 January 1942 and sent to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash., for repairs and alterations, her aviation units were transferred ashore to operate from Ford Island. When Yorktown (CV 5) returned to Pearl Harbor for repair of the damage sustained early in May at the Battle of the Coral Sea, her units were transferred from the ship and replaced by some of Saratoga's old units; Bombing Squadron 3, Torpedo Squadron 3, and Fighting Squadron 3. Wiseman reported on board Yorktown in time to take part in the pivotal Battle of Midway.

    On the first day of the carrier action, 04 June, Lt. (jg.) Wiseman flew two sorties; one against the carrier Soryu that morning and one against Hiryu that afternoon. The latter, by that point, was the last of the four enemy flattops afloat, and the strike in which Wiseman participated proved to be the coup de grace administered to that ship. Japanese "Zero" fighters, however, swarmed over the Dauntlesses of VB-3 and VB-6, exacting some measure of revenge for the pounding administered to Hiryu. In that melee, Wiseman's plane was shot down. Neither he nor his gunner were seen again. Having played a major part in turning the tide of the war in the Pacific, Lt. (jg.) Wiseman was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously, for his heroism and devotion to duty.

    USS Wiseman (DE 667) (1944-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.   (Photo Courtesy of Chester County, Pennsylvania Hall of Heroes thanks to David G. Williams - Project Leader)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Wiseman 266k 11 January 1945: Charleston, S.C. - USS Wiseman (DE 667) shown departing the Charleston Navy Yard enroute to the Pacific. She had been in the Yard since early December of '44 being converted into a floating power station. You can see her canvas covered cable reels just forward of the aft 40 mm gun mount.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-667-19-N-76914, Charleston Navy Yard photo #144-45 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Chris Wright
    Ocean City, N.J.
    Wiseman 223k March to August 1945: Manila, the Philippine Islands - USS Wiseman shown providing power at Manila. Arriving on the 23rd of March, she commenced furnishing power to that nearly demolished city on 13 April and, over the next five and one-half months, provided some 5,806,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. In addition, Wiseman's evaporators furnished 150,000 gallons of drinking water to Army facilities in the harbor area and to many small craft. Her radios were also utilized to a great extent. Placed at the disposal of the Navy's port director, the ship's communication outfit was used to handle harbor radio traffic until the director's equipment arrived and was installed ashore. This series of four photos show the cable running from shore to Wiseman.
    (All photos from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-667-19-N-77272)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-667-19-N-77285)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-667-19-N-77286)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-667-19-N-77301)
    Wiseman 338k
    Wiseman 441k
    Wiseman 418k
    Wiseman 212k 1946: The United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort USS Wiseman (DE 667) as converted to a floating power station. The big cable reels are in the torpedo tube position, but the bridge has not been modified. The quad 40 mm director aft has been shifted to a new pylon-like platform in order to clear the height of the cable reels. Note all guns and depth charges covered.

    (Photo by Real Photographs Co. Ltd, Broadstairs, Kent, England; scanned from American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2, by Peter Elliott)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Wiseman 87k undated postwar image -
    Wiseman 43k undated postwar image John Strohmaier
    Wiseman 117k undated postwar image Tommy Trampp
    Wiseman 211k undated postwar image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    ***Seiverling/Wiseman*** 301k 17 January 1956: Mare Island NSY, Vallejo, Cal. - Four destroyer escorts are in dry dock #2 at Mare Island. Back row are: USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) left and USS William Seiverling (DE 441) right; front row are: Wiseman, left, and USS Lewis (DE 535) on right. All were in dock from 15 December 1955 to 18 January 1956 and started overhaul on 28 November 1955. Wiseman completed overhaul on 29 February 1956, Seiverling & Moore completed on 11 February 1956 and Lewis completed on 9 March 1956.

    (U.S. Navy photo #MINSY 27713-1-56)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Wiseman 81k 1957: Highline transfer from Wiseman to USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442). Picture taken from Moore. Joe Radigan
    MACM, USN(ret.)

    Navsource Archive Manager
    Patrol & Mine Warfare Archives
    Wiseman 410k 1959: Starboard side view of destroyer escort USS Wiseman (DE 667) after a regular overhaul.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1037188 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    ***Evans / Wiseman*** 34k circa 1959 - 1960: USS Lewis (DE 535), USS Currier (DE 700), USS Evans (DE 1023), and Wiseman. -

    Wiseman History
    View the USS Wiseman (DE 667) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Wiseman as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Wiseman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  04 Apr. 1944 27 Dec. 1945Lcdr. William B. McClaran Jr., USNR
    2.)  27 Dec. 1945 31 May 1946Lt.(jg) Lloyd R. Burns, USNR (Glasgow, Mont.)
    3.)  11 Sep. 1950 06 Aug. 1952Lcdr. Jay Wayne Land (USNA 42) (Burlington, Wis.)
    4.)  06 Aug. 1952 06 Mar. 1953Lcdr. John Perchaz (Chicago, Ill.)
    5.)  06 Mar. 1953 - .. Sep. 1954Lcdr. Richard Wade Lombard
    6.)  .. Sep. 1954 29 Dec. 1955Lcdr. James Delmar Schnepp (USNA 42) (Bloomington, Ill.)
    7.)  29 Dec. 1955 11 Jun. 1957Lcdr. James Douglas Groesbeck
    8.)  11 Jun. 1957 16 May 1959Lcdr. B. R. Dodge
    9.)  16 May 1959 02 Oct. 1961Cmdr. Rollin R. Ormiston
    10.) 02 Oct. 1961 01 Aug. 1962Lcdr. Charles Virgil Wilhoit Jr. (USNA 46) (Maryville, Tenn.)
    11.) 01 Aug. 1962 - Lcdr. Leland Emet Bolt (USNA 51) (Emmett, Id.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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