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Lost to enemy aircraft attack off Okinawa, 25 May 1945
21 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty
USS Bates (APD-47)
USS Bates (DE-68) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Alpha - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Iwo Jima, 25 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
(21 KIA -Okinawa, 25 May 1945)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort - Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 29 March 1943, as a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham MA.
Launched, 6 June 1943
Commissioned USS Bates (DE-68), 12 September 1943, LCDR. Eugene H. Maher USNR, in command
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport by Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn N.Y.
Redesignated (APD-47), 31 July 1944
During World War II USS Bates was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 12 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operations
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 February to 25 May 1945
Lost to enemy action 25 May 1945, sunk by Japanese kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 June 1945
Final Disposition, hulk donated to the government of the Ryukyu Islands, 1 July 1957
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Bates (APD-47) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in World War II
||USS Bates (APD-47) burning off Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, after a suicide attack by three Japanese planes, 25 May 1945.
Photo from the collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #NH 66450.
|Hyperwar US Navy
in World War II
USS Bates (APD-47)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Maher, Eugene H., USNR||12 September 1943 - 5 May 1944||DE-68|
|02||LCDR. Wilmerding Jr., Henry A., USNR||5 May 1944 - 25 May 1945||DE-68 / APD-47|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 14 February 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|