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Torpedoed off Luzon in the Phillipines - 112 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty

USS Underhill (DE 682)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation 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
Underhill (DE 682) Building and Operational Data:
  • 16 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 15 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Bertha Underhill, aunt of Ensign Underhill
  • 15 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Sidney R. Jackson, USNR, in command
  • 24 July 1945: Sunk by a Japanese "Kaiten Torpedo" off Luzon. 112 crewmen were lost with the ship.
  • 01 September 1945: Struck from the Navy List after 1 year and 8 months of service

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    Underhill 79k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Underhill 62k 21 June 1944, off the Boston Navy Yard

    (Bureau of Ships Collection, National Archives Photo #19-N66695 and 19-N66696)
    Fred Weiss
    Underhill 58k
    Underhill 236k circa 1944: the Pacific Ocean - USS Underhill (DE 682) underway in dazzle paint.

    (U.S. Navy Photo 80-G-382857 from the National Archives)
    Robert M. Cieri

    Underhill History
    View the USS Underhill (DE 682) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official Loss Report of USS Underhill as submitted by the CO of USS LST-647.

    Underhill's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 Nov. 1943 - 24 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Sidney R. Jackson, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 24 Aug. 1944 - 24 Jul. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Robert M. Newcomb, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Underhill
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