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USS Roberts (DE 749)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - W - X
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Shetland Pony"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal - National Defense Service Medal 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
Roberts (DE 749) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 July 1943: Keel laid by the Western Pipe & Steel Co., San Pedro, Calif.
  • 14 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Ruth Marohn
  • 02 September 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Robert M. Catharine, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 03 March 1947: Decommissioned, placed "in service", assigned to NRT, 5th Naval District at Norfok, Va.
  • 13 August 1950: Recommissioned (in reserve)
  • 01 December 1950: Recommissioned (active)
  • 02 October 1961: Discontinued NRT, joined Escort Squadron 12 at Norfolk, Va.
  • 01 August 1962: Resumed NRT duties as a unit of Reserve Destroyer Squadron 34 at Baltimore, Md.
  • 01 October 1964: Decommissioned (placed "out of commission, in service")
  • 21 September 1968: Placed "out of commission, out of service"
  • 23 September 1968: Struck from the NVR with 24 years of total service
  • .. November 1971: Sunk as target
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    ***Tills / Roberts*** 94k USS Tills (DE 748) and Roberts (DE 749) going through the Panama Canal during WWII, taken from USS Hemminger (DE 746). Robert Taylor
    Roberts 230k undated wartime image image David Buell
    Roberts 312k early August 1945: Apra Harbor, Guam - An LCM-3 hauls Roberts into ABSD-6 alongside USS Torrance (AKA 76) for drydocking. Also in ABSD-6 at the time were Tills (DE 748) and SS A. McKensie. Sandy Sanphilipo
    BMC, USNR (ret.)
    Roberts 287k
    Roberts 266k August 1945: Apra Harbor, Guam - While drydocked in ABSD-6, the ships learned of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On 15 August 1945 the end of the war was announced.
    Roberts 291k
    Roberts 58k undated post-war image Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Roberts 86k undated post-war image
    (Photo #NA80-G-1028016 from the National Archives)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Roberts 97k undated, post-war Ralph Freese
    (Late president of DESA)
    Roberts 34k undated post-war images Robert L. Andersen
    YNC, USNR (ret.)
    Roberts 32k
    Roberts 214k
    Roberts 34k circa 1960 Sandy Sanphilipo
    BMC, USNR (ret.)
    Roberts 31k
    Roberts 96k circa 1960: This shot was titled "seasick again". The gentleman in the ballcap is the CO, Cap't. Zimmerman.
    Roberts 153k circa 1960: BM1 Younce and BM2 Sanphilipo heading over for liberty in Haiti.
    Roberts 43k undated post-war image Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Roberts 83k Grand Cayman Island, Spring 62 Jay Jones
    EM3, 1962-1964
    Roberts 73k depth charge
    Roberts 103k gun mounts 31 & 32 looking aft
    Roberts 100k gun mount 33 looking aft
    Roberts 109k depth charge crew at the ready
    Roberts 94k main deck aft looking forward
    Roberts 327k undated: Roberts underway. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Roberts 388k undated: Roberts in an unknown port moored alongside USS Waller (DDE 466). An unidentified fleet tug is moored on the opposite side of the pier.

    **USS Roberts Crew Photo Page**

    Roberts Memorabilia
    Ship's Portrait

    Courtesy of
    Sandy Sanphilipo
    Page From
    Ship's Newsletter
    Courtesy of
    Sandy Sanphilipo
    Ship's Award
    Courtesy of
    Jay Jones
    Courtesy of
    Jay Jones

    Roberts History
    View the USS Roberts (DE 749) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Roberts' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 02 Sep. 1944 - Lcdr. Robert M. Catharine Jr. USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 1947 - Lcdr. Stewart Lindsay Jr.
    3.) 1958 - Lcdr. Donald M. Lynne (USNA '44) (Fargo, N.D.)
    4.) .. .... 1960 - .. Oct. 1961Lcdr. Daniel Thomas Wieland Jr. (USNA '46) (Sunbury, Pa.)
    5.) .. Oct. 1961 - Lcdr. Roger Emerson Melick
    6.) Oct. 1961 - 1962Lcdr. Jacob S. Zimmerman
    7.) 1962 - 1964Lcdr. Harry Thomas Ketzner (USNA '53) (New Albany, Ind.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: M. Edward Arnold
    Address: 3235 Ames Avenue
    City/State: Kingman AZ 86401
    Phone: (928) 692-9190
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Roberts
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