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|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 02 June 1927. After serving in Saratoga (CV 3) (1927-29),
Hopkins (DD 249) (1929-32), Rochester (C 2) (1932), Ashville (PG 21) (1933), and Chicago (CA 29) (1934), he completed 2 years of
postgraduate work at the Naval Academy. Two years in Mississippi (BB 41) were followed by two in Sampson (DD 394) as engineering officer. From June 1940 to
August 1941 he served with Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine. On 02 September 1941 Lieutenant Commander Loeser reported aboard cruiser Atlanta (CL 51) 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)
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26 April 1945: the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor
The photos in the top row show an exercise with USS Loeser entering the floating drydock ARD21 with the drydock underway at 2
knots. This was done in a secure area off Pearl Harbor and Loeser was carried back in to the Pearl Harbor East Loch aboard ARD21.
Bottom row photos show the crew of USS Loeser watching an underway drydocking in USS ARD21 with tedious interest,
while missing a liberty afternoon in Honolulu. The last photo in the row shows copies of Loeser's War Diary for that date.
West Chester, Pa.
|255k||undated post-war image||Nick Tiberio|
|110k||August 1954: Starboard side view of the USS Loeser (DE 680) underway.
(Official U.S. Navy Photo; From the Thomas Crane Public Library, "Fore River Postcard Collection")
Port Angeles, Wash.
OTCM, USN (ret.)
|467k||Thursday, 02 May 1957: USS Loeser underway slowly with her crew at quarters.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1013707 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|62k||circa 1957: USS Loeser underway.
(Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59")
England, United Kingdom
Plaque, late '50's
|View the USS Loeser (DE 680) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Loeser's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Oct. 1943 – 14 Jun. 1944||Lcdr. Chester Arthur Kunz Jr., USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 14 Jun. 1944 - .. Aug. 1945||Lcdr. John Proctor, USNR|
|3.) .. Aug. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. Horace Edward Bent, USN (Evanston, Ill.)|
|5.) 09 Mar. 1951 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Frederick Lee Edwards Jr. (Kinston, N.C.)|
|7.) 01 Jan. 1956 - .. Aug. 1957||Lcdr. Herman Jennings Stansell Jr. (Charleston, S.C.)|
|8.) .. Aug. 1957 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Robert Maurice Keller (USNA ‘44) (Wichita, Kan.)|
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