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USS Ebert (DE 768)


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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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
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
Ebert (DE 768) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1943: Keel laid at the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Tampa, Fla.
  • 11 May 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Hilan Ebert, widow of Lieutenant Commander Ebert
  • 12 July 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr F. Gibbs, USNR, in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1.9 years of service
  • November 1950: Towed to the Boston Naval Shipyard in preparation for foreign transfer
  • 01 March 1951: Transferred to Greece under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program, renamed HNS Ierax (D-31)
  • 07 March 1951: Struck from the NVR
  • 1991: Stricken from Greek service (Reported to be laid up in terminal reserve at Souda Bay Crete as of 1/98)
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    Ebert 119k Artist's conception of Ebert by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Ebert 56k Hilan "Ebe" Ebert was born 21 March 1903 in Alliance, Ohio. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1926, he served in various billets afloat and ashore until assigned to USS Northampton (CL 26) 29 April 1942. Lieutenant Commander Ebert was killed 30 November 1942 when his ship was torpedoed in the Battle of Tassafaronga off Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courage and disregard for his own safety beyond the call of duty until his ship was lost. He also received the Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; and World War II Victory Medal posthumously.

    USS Ebert (DE 768) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1926. )
    Bill Gonyo
    Ebert 132k Ebert in drydock at her builders yard in Tampa, Florida. Her surface radar aerial is fitted low down, between mast and yard - an unusual configuration.
    [U.S. National Archives photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    Slater 127k 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - Stern shot of USS Ebert under construction. Tim Rizzuto
    Executive Director
    USS Slater, Albany NY
    Ebert 58k undated wartime image Tony Vrailas
    Ebert 40k undated wartime image Russ Padden
    Ebert 369k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-768 19-N-129804 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Ebert 286k 18 April 1945: shot near the New York Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-768 19-N-83501 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ebert 105k Ex-USS Ebert (DE 768), HNS Ierax (Hawk) (D-31), date and location unknown Tony Vrailas
    Ebert 69k circa 1960: Ierax (D-31, ex-USS Ebert DE 768) underway circa 1960. (Photo by Wright & Logan, Southsea, England; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62") Robert Hurst
    Ebert 42k Ierax, circa 1968
    Ebert 80k 18 August 1979: Barcelona, Spain - The Greek DEs Ierax (D-31) (ex-Ebert DE 768) and Panthir (D-67) (ex-Garfield Thomas DE 193) on a portvisit to the Spanish city. Fabio Peņa
    Barcelona, Spain
    Ebert 113k HNS Lonchi (D-56), ex-USS Hall (DD 583), moored at Souda naval Base, 1995, waiting to be towed for scrapping. Next to her is HNS Ierax (D-31), ex-USS Ebert (DE-768) Anthony Vrailas

    Ebert History
    View the USS Ebert (DE 768) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Ebert's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to James Swank
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jun. 1944 - .. .... 1945Lcdr. Frederic Gibbs, USNR (Comm. CO) (Glencoe, Oh.) (ret. As Radm.)
    2.) .. .... 1945 - 17 Jun. 1946Lcdr J. C. Doyle, USN (Decomm. CO)

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