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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
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 1947: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
09 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.
01 December 1958: Decommissioned, placed "In Service"
02 October 1961: Recommissioned for Berlin Crisis
01 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", struck from the NVR after 20.9 years of service
1969: sunk as a target
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||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 02 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)
OTCM, USN (ret,)
||circa 1957: USS Loeser underway. (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59")
|View the USS Loeser (DE 680) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
12 - 17 September 2017 at Berlin, Ohio
Contact Name: Erman Hall
E-mail: ermanhall at all.com
Contact Name: Robert R. Montgomery (Pres. USS Loeser Assoc.)
Address: Box 383 / Morrisonville IL 62546
Phone: (217) 526-3318
E-mail: R.R. Montgomery
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