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USS Varian (DE 798)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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 / 198
Varian (DE 798) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 August 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 06 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Arnold F. Brunkow, sister of the late Ens. Varian
  • 29 February 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. C. W. Petrie, USNR, in command
  • 16 January 1945: Varian, in company with Otter (DE 210), Hubbard (DE 211), and Hayter (DE 212) sank the German submarine U-248 NNE of the Azores
  • 25 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at New Haven, Conn. in company with Eugene A. Green (DD 711), Tarpon (SS 175), Plunger (SS 179), Knave (AM 256), and LST 506
  • 15 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and month of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 02 January 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Southern Scrap Metal Co., New Orleans, La.
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    39k Photographed operating out of Miami, Florida, summer 1945 Mr. K. R. Jameson,
    from the collection of
    Bruce A. Franklin
    ---k 27 October 1945: New Haven, Conn. - Varian celebrates Navy Day, 1945.

                 Additional Crew Photos taken on Navy Day
    William F. Nance
    RM1c, USS Varian
    97k Lcdr. Leonard A. (Bud) Myhre, Varian's wartime commanding officer Omer Smith

    Varian History
    View the USS Varian (DE 798) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Varian as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    Memoirs of Varian's WWII Skipper - Lcdr L.A. (Bud) Myhre

    Varian's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 29 Feb 1944 11 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Clarence Walker Petrie, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA 35) (Charlotte, N.C.)
    2.) 11 Aug. 1944 - .. Dec. 1945Lcdr. Leonard Allison Myhre, USNR (NROTC 39) (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.) .. Dec. 1945 .. Jan. 1946Lcdr. John Reginald Beardall, Jr., USN (USNA 41) (Berryville, Va.)
    4.) .. Feb. 1946 15 Mar. 1946Lt. Glen W. Wagner, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Destroyers Online - USS Varian Page
    Military.Com - USS Varian Page
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