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USS Oswald (DE 767)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - Y - I
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

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
Oswald (DE 767) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1943: Keel laid by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.
  • 25 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Zola F. Oswald, mother of MM2/c Harvey E. Oswald
  • 12 June 1944: Commissioned, Lt. Edward L. Patton, USNR, in command
  • 30 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 10˝ months of service
  • 1951: Transferred to the Philadelphia Reserve Group
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 October 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md. for $65.666.66 under bid no. 16-4020, scrapped at their Curtis Bay Yard in Baltimore
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    302k 25 April 1944: Tampa, Fla. - The future USS Oswald (DE 767) launching at the Tampa Shipbuilding Company shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 81351, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Don Scott
    Robert Taylor
    ***Coffman / Oswald***
    269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking south from the Langley Ave. side, we see Whitehall (PC-856) and another unidentified PC alongside the the Intrepid Ave. quay. Further to the right, at the Constitution Ave. quay we see Oswald, Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen (DE 531). Jim Cunliffe
    ***Coffman / Oswald***
    287k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald, Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman (DE 191). In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341).
    234k 25 May 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A mothballed auxiliary submarine and destroyer escorts at the Inactive Ship Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. From left to right; Angler (IXSS 240), Raymond (DE 341), Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman (DE 191).

    Note from Rick Davis: "Back in May 1973, Martin Holbrook (INRO Photo Collection), invited me for a tour of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Mothball Fleet. Martin had been making trips to Philly and other mothball sites for years and was one of the “old-timers” that had been taking photos of USN ships since before WWII in the New York City area. Anyway, when he picked me up in his van, there were two other gents. One was Ted Stone (I thought the other one was Paul Silverstone, but when I had a chance to ask him a few years ago if it was, he said he didn’t recall a photo trip to PhilNSY). Martin had enough “pull” that we were provided with an Admiral’s Gig! I had my brand-new Nikon F2 35-mm camera. Martin and Ted had larger format cameras. I felt like a rank amateur and a kid in a candy store. I have seen some of the same photos of subjects that we all took photos from the same boat, show-up elsewhere. We were all excited that USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was on the outside of a nest this trip. Martin had been trying to get good views of her for years. Ex-USS Gherardi (DD 637) ... built at PhilNY ... was outside the reserve basin ready to be towed away for scrapping. We got photos of her as well".
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    Oswald History
    View the USS Oswald (DE 767) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Oswald as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Oswald's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to James Swank
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jun. 1944 - 02 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Edward L. Patton, USNR (Chestertown, Md.)
    2.) 02 Jun. 1945 - 28 Nov. 1945Lcdr William R. Peabody, USNR (Cambridge, Mass.)
    3.) 28 Nov. 1945 - 19 Dec. 1945Lcdr Carleton C. Clark , USNR (Middletown, Oh.)
    4.) 19 Dec. 1945 - 15 Mar. 1946Lt. Edward F. Neagle Jr., USNR (Orange, N.J.)
    5.) 15 Mar. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Wesley D. Chiverton, USNR (Galesburg, Mich.)

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