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USS Steele (DE 8)

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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Steele (DE 8) Building and Operational Data:
  • 27 November 1942: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 09 January 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John Steele, mother of Pvt. John N. Steele, USMC
  • 04 May 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Mark E. Dennett, in command
  • 19 November 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 6 months of service
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 1947: Sold, scrapped
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    Steele 126k undated wartime image -
    Steele 207k 03 June 1943: Great Sound, Bermuda - Two views of USS Steele (DE 8) taken while she was on her commissioning shakedown cruise. The photos, taken from USS Edsall (DE 129) show Steele at 07:15 departing anchorage C-3, Naval Operating Base at Bermuda for a day of drills, exercises, and battle problems.

    (Photos by Dmitri Kessel for Life Magazine)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    Steele 140k
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    03 June 1943: Great Sound, Bermuda - These photos show Steele conducting ASW operations in company with
    Edsall. After a full day of exercises Steele returned to her anchorage in the Great Sound at 17:56 that evening.

    (Photos by Dmitri Kessel for Life Magazine)
    Steele 91k 08 August 1945: Guam - Steele (DE 8) in foreground, observes Tranquility (AH 14) arriving at Guam, carrying survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA 35). Joe Radigan
    MACM, USN (ret.)

    Steele History
    View the USS Steele (DE 8) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Steele's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 Apr. 1943 - .. Jan. 1944Lcdr. Mark Edwin Dennett, USN (Comm. CO) (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    2.) .. Jan. 1944 - 08 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Ralph C. Smith, Jr., USNR (Menerva, Oh.)
    3.) 08 Jun. 1945 - 21 Nov. 1945Lt./Lcdr. Fletcher Seymour, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Elburn, Ill.)

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