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USS Waterman (DE 740)

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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/ 7 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Waterman (DE 740) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 February 1943: Keel laid at the Western Steel and Pipe Co., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 20 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. June M. Waterman, the widow of Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Waterman
  • 30 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr W. B. Hinds, USNR, in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 18 April 1952: Struck from the NVR
  • 21 February 1952: Transferred (MDAP) to Peru, renamed BAP Aguirre (D-2) (changed to DE-2, 1959; to DE-62, 1960)
  • 1974: Sunk as target during Exocet Missile test
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    41k undated DESA Archives
    56k circa 1959: BAP Aguirre at anchor.
    (Official Peruvian Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1959-60")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    67k circa 1960: BAP Aguirre at anchor, location unknown.
    (Official Peruvian Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")
    52k as BAP Aguirre (DE-62), circa 1967

    Waterman History
    View the USS Waterman (DE 740) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Waterman as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Waterman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Jun. 1943 .. Jun, 1944Lcdr. W. B. Hinds, USNR
    2.) .. Jun. 1944 10 Dec. 1945Lcdr. John H. Stahle, USNR (San Francisco, Cal.)
    3.) 10 Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) O. J. Rosasco, USNR
    4.) .. Mar. 1946 31 May 1946Lcdr. J. K. Longyear, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

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