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USS Loeser (DE 680)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - R - F
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Pottstown"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Philippine Liberation Ribbon


Specifications:
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
Loeser (DE 680) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 July 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 11 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Marion Loeser, widow of Lieutenant Commander Loeser
  • 10 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Chester A. Kunz in command
  • 29 March 1949: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
  • 9 March 1951: Recommissioned at Charleston, Lcdr Frederick L. Edwards, in command, assigned to the Atlantic Destroyer Force at Norfolk, Va.
  • June 1958: Assigned to NRT, 5th Naval District at Little Creek, Va.
  • 1 December 1958: Decommissioned , placed "In Service"
  • 2 October 1961: Recommissioned for Berlin Crisis
  • 1 August 1962: Decommissioned, reverted to "In Service" status as NRT ship at Williamsburg, Va.
  • 20 October 1964: Shifted homeport to the Washington Navy Yard
  • 23 August 1968: Taken "Out of Service", stricken from the NVR
  • 1969: sunk as a target
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    Loeser 61k Born 17 April 1903 at Rahway, N.J.; Arthur Edward "Art" Loeser attended Rochester College (now the University of Rochester) for two years in the state of New York prior to his appointment. He was appointed to the Naval Academy 15 August 1923 and commissioned ensign 2 June 1927. After serving in Saratoga (1927-29), Hopkins (1929-32), Rochester (1932), Ashville (1933), and Chicago (1934), he completed 2 years of postgraduate work at the Naval Academy. Two years in Mississippi were followed by two in Sampson as engineering officer. From June 1940 to August 1941 he served with Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine. On 2 September 1941 Lieutenant Commander Loeser reported aboard cruiser Atlanta as engineering officer. Lieutenant Commander Loeser was killed in action 13 November 1942 when enemy torpedoes crippled Atlanta in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Lieutenant Commander Arthur E. Loeser was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

    USS Loeser (DE 680) (1943-1968) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy)
    Bill Gonyo
    Loeser 52k 1957 Douglas Everett, OTCM (Ret)
    Loeser 62k circa 1957: USS Loeser underway. (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59") Robert Hurst

    View the USS Loeser (DE 680) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Loeser Does Hold Reunions
    Contact Name: Charles D. Hayes
    Address: 26 Daniels Road / Framingham MA 01701
    Phone: (508) 877-6363
    E-mail: C.D. Hayes

    Contact Name: Robert R. Montgomery (Pres. USS Loeser Assoc.)
    Address: Box 383 / Morrisonville IL 62546
    Phone: (217) 526-3318
    E-mail: R.R. Montgomery

    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
    Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Loeser
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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