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USS DeLong (DE 684)
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - T - Z - T
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Bannister"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/star
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
DeLong (DE 684) Building and Operational Data:
19 October 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.
23 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. C. DeLong, mother of the late Corporal DeLong, USMCR
31 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr R. C. Houston in command
15 August 1945: Reclassified as APD 137, reported to Charleston Navy Yard for conversion, conversion cancelled
January 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
7 February 1951: Recommissioned
3 January 1958: Decommissioned and placed "In Service", assigned to NRT as a unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force, 3rd Naval District at New York City, N.Y.
October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis, assigned to Escort Squadron 18 at Newport, R.I.
1 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "In Service"
8 August 1969: Placed "Out of Service", Struck from the NVR
19 February 1970: Sunk as target off Puerto Rico
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||Artist's conception of De Long by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.
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||underway, circa the 1950's or early 1960's (NHC #98909)
||date / location unknown
||date / location unknown (late '50's, early '60's)
||22 June 1958: Brooklyn, N.Y. - At the Brooklyn Navy yard, shortly before they started scrapping Enterprise (CV 6) by first cutting off her tripod mast; she was sold for scrapping 10 days later, on 2 July. The carrier on the opposite side of the pier is USS Independence (CVA 62) nearing completion. Ships visible in the left foreground include (from front): USS DeLong (DE 684), USS Coates (DE 685) and USS Hoe (SS 258). Ten other destroyers are also present, as is a "Liberty" type ship. The F. & M. Schaefer brewery is visible in the center background; the longest and last operating brewery in New York City (when it was closed in 1976), and America's oldest lager beer brewing company.
||circa 1966: USS DeLong (DE 684) underway. (Official U.S. Navy photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1966-67")
View the USS DeLong (DE 684) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
DeLong Does Hold Reunions, Check Ship's Web Site for Information
Darrel Ruebsamen's USS DeLong Web Site
Contact Name: Juergen N. Peters
Address: 3206 Romilly Road / Wilmington DE 19810-3436
Phone: (302) 478-4353
E-mail: Juergen Peters
Contact Name: Darrel Ruebsamen
Address:13315 Heights Path / San Antonio TX 78230-5866
Phone: (210) 492-1895
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Darrel Ruebsamen's USS DeLong Web Site
USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Website
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS DeLong
The Destroyer History Foundation
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