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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

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 year and 11 months 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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    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
    Downey, Cal.
    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
    127k 1944: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Fla. - Stern shot of USS Ebert under construction. Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    58k undated wartime image Tony Vrailas
    40k undated wartime image Russ Padden
    359k 03 January 1945: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Ebert, photographed from a blimp of Airship Patrol Squadron 11 (ZP-11), enroute from the Naval Ammunition Depot at Leonardo, N.J. to Casco Bay, Portland, Maine for routine refresher training. She had been undergoing routine repairs and overhaul at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York from 23 to 31 December 1944.

    (U.S. Navy photos #80-G-301384 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    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.
    286k 18 April 1945: Ebert lying to in the East River 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)
    105k Ex-USS Ebert (DE 768), HNS Ierax (Hawk) (D-31), date and location unknown Tony Vrailas
    405k 05 August 1958: Amsterdam, North Holland - HNS Ierax (Hawk) (D-31) (ex-USS Ebert (DE 768) is shown arriving at Amsterdam, North Holland. The photograph was taken by Wim van Rossem/Anefo. This is an image from the Nationaal Archief, the Dutch National Archives.

    (Photo provenance supplied by Bob Hurst)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    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")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    42k Ierax, circa 1968
    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 port visit to the Spanish city. Fabio Peņa
    Aircraft Carrier Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    Barcelona, Spain
    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 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Frederic Gibbs, USNR (Comm. CO) (Glencoe, Oh.) (ret. As Radm.)
    2.) .. Dec. 1945 - 17 Jun. 1946Lcdr J. C. Doyle, USN (Decomm. CO)

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