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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

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.
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned, placed back "In Service" at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 15 April 1973: Taken "Out of Service" after 29 years and 3 months of service, struck from the NVR
  • 20 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    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 04 November 1941 to USS Arizona. Ensign Marsh was declared dead following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 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
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    93k 25 September 1943: Bay City, Mich. - USS Marsh slides sideways into the water at Defoe Shipbuilding after being christened by Mrs. Ben Marsh.
    120k 31 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Tulagi (CVE 72) enroute from New York to Casablanca with a deck cargo of U.S. Army P-38s and P-47s. USS Marsh (DE 699) is alongside. Marsh was alongside Tulagi from 0705 until 0900 while she received 24,975 gallons of Navy Special fuel oil. Photographed from USS Mission Bay (CVE 59). Tulagi had left the U. S. Naval Section Base at Tompkinsville, Staten Island on 28 May in company with USS Mission Bay (CVE 59) and USS Kasaan Bay (CVE 69). They were escorted by USS Marsh (DE 699), USS Currier (DE 700), USS Tatum (DE 789), USS Haines (DE 792), USS Runels (DE 793), and USS Hollis (DE 794).

    (Official U.S. Navy Photograph #80-G-364378, now in the collections of the National Archives).
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    88k circa 1946-47: undated photo showing Marsh anchored in Asian waters. David Wright

    Archive Manager
    Destroyer Archive
    113k A later bow view of Marsh, which illustrates the divergence of naval staff views between the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy at war's end, in dealing with the fast U-boats. While the Royal Navy went in for the Squid mortars, the U.S. Navy 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
    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.

    [U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    65k undated Korean War news clipping Jon & Kari Stacy
    225k Post-Korean war photo of Marsh passing Point Loma, departing from San Diego.

    (This photo appears to be a ship portrait by George Barber of Marine Photos, San Diego, Cal.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    147k September 1957, San Francisco Bay

    Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)
    Robert M. Cieri
    498k circa early 1958: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Gilligan (DE 508), Marsh (DE 699), and Goss (DE 444) moored together at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station. USS George Clymer (APA 27) is moored in the background. (My grandfather, RMC Harold Jacobson, took this picture. He served in WWII on active duty then stayed with the reserves until his retirement. He passed away last year and I found a box of his old slide photos and had them put to a CD. I believe it was taken in Pearl Harbor and I suspect the year was 1958 but I don't know for sure. I don't know what ship he was standing on when he took this picture. I would love to find out what ship or class it is.) John Jacobson
    EWC(SW), USN
    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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    183k June 1962: USS Marsh (DE 699) entering Pearl Harbor enroute to the Naval Station Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

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

    Marsh's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  12 Jan. 1944 – 21 May 1944Lcdr. Perry Maurice Fenton, USNR (USNA '22) (Chicago, Ill.)
    2.)  21 May 1944 – 07 Nov. 1944Lcdr. Robert A. Jordan, USNR (hospitalized)
    3.)  09 Nov. 1944 – 28 Mar. 1945Lcdr. John Henry Roskilly Jr., USNR (hospitalized) (Medfield, Mass.)
    4.)  28 Mar. 1945 – 28 Apr. 1945Lt. George L. Milne, USNR (temporary)
    5.)  28 Apr. 1945 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. William E. Dunlap, USNR
    6.)  .. .... 1945 - .. .... 1945Cmdr. William B. McClaran Jr., USNR
    7.)  .. .... 1945 - .. .... 1946Cmdr. Stephen Charles O’Rourke, USN (USNA ‘39) (The Bronx, New York City, N.Y.)
    8.)  ~1946Lcdr. Robert Richard Dupzyk (USNA '40) (Sacramento, Cal.)
    9.)  .. .... 1949 - Lcdr. Everett Earl Roberts Jr. (USNA '40) (Ridgefield, Conn.)
    10.) 01 Jun. 1951 - .. Nov. 1952Lcdr. Antoine William Venne Jr.
    12.) 16 Jul. 1955 - .. Aug. 1958Lcdr. Wilfred (Bill) G. Chartier (Manistique, Mich.)
    14.) 10 Feb. 1961 - Cmdr. Perry R. Kornegay Jr. (USMMA '43) (Norfolk, Va.)

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