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USS Marsh (DE 699)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - A - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Obey"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Korean Service Medal w/ 4 stars
Fourth Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


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
Marsh (DE 699) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 June 1943: Keel laid by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.
  • 25 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ben R. Marsh, mother of Ensign Marsh
  • 12 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr P. M. Fenton in command
  • 15 August 1958: Decommissioned, placed "In Service" and assigned as NRT ship, 12th Naval District at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 15 December 1961: Recommissioned due to the Berlin Crisis, homeport reassigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 1 August 1962: Decommissioned, placed back "In Service" at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 15 April 1973: Taken "Out of Service", stricken from the NVR
  • 20 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Marsh 75k Benjamin Raymond Marsh, Jr. was born 11 October 1916 in Lansing, Michigan to Mr. Ben & Mrs. Marjory Marsh. He attended the University of Wyoming from Fall of 1935 to Spring of 1936 and transferred to the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, attending from 1936 to 1938. He was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve 17 August 1940 at Detroit and completed his enlistment 13 February 1941 following his initial training aboard the USS Arkansas. He was appointed midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve the following day, receiving his commission as ensign 15 May 1941 after completing all required courses at the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Initially assigned to USS Tangier on 15 May 1941, he was transferred 4 November 1941 to USS Arizona. Ensign Marsh was declared dead following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by General Order #186 on 21 January 1943 so ordered by the Secretary of the Navy. Also awarded posthumously was the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the World War II Victory Medal on 18 November 1946.

    USS Marsh (DE 699) (1944-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo and information from the Alpha Tau Omega Archives, University of Illinois Archives Research Center and thanks to the University of Wyoming for their assistance on providing information on Ensign Marsh. )
    Bill Gonyo
    Marsh 93k 25 September 1943: Bay City MI - USS Marsh slides sideways into the water at Defoe Shipbuilding after being christened by Mrs. Ben Marsh.
    Marsh 113k A later bow view of Marsh, which illustrates the divergence of naval staff views between the RN and USN at war's end, in dealing with the fast U-boats. While the RN went in for the Squid mortars, the USN relied on the Hedgehog, and here two are fitted side by side in the B position. [U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Marsh 51k One of the floating power stations, Marsh of the 'Buckley' type. Taken in Hawaii, this shows the power points in place of the torpedo tubes, a new type bridge and postwar radar aerials at the masthead. [US Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Marsh 65k undated Korean War news clipping Jon & Kari Stacy
    Marsh 147k September 1957, San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.) Robert M. Cieri
    Marsh 71k 25 August 1959 -
    ***Raby / Marsh*** 132k undated: USS Raby (DE 698) going full astern prior to departing Pearl Harbor. In the foreground is Marsh with crewmen preparing the ship for departure. (U.S. Naval Institute Press Photo from the book "Anti-submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History"" by David Owen) Robert Hurst

    View the USS Marsh (DE 699) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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