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USS Sederstrom (DE 31)

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N - F - E - O
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/ 5 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
Sederstrom (DE 31) Building and Operational Data:
  • 24 December 1942: Keel laid as Gillette BDE-31 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 04 June 1943: Redesignated for use by the United States Navy
  • 15 June 1943: Launched as Gillette, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas D. O'Dea
  • 30 July 1943: renamed Sederstrom
  • 11 September 1943: Commissioned by Cap't Francis W. Scanland, Captain of the Yard, Mare Island Navy Yard, at noon this Saturday; Lcdr. Lyman M. King, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 15 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Todd Shipyard, Seattle, Wash. after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 04 November 1947: Sold to the A.G. Schoonmaker Co. Inc., New York City, N.Y.; scrapped by the Zidell Corp., Portland, Ore.
  • Sederstrom's bell is on display at the Oregon Deoartment of Veterans Affairs, Salem, Oregon
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    Delmore "Verdi" Sederstrom was born to Oscar and Alice (Dahlberg) Sederstrom in Montevideo, Minn., on 03 July 1916. In 1930, the family moved to Salem, Oregon. He was a member of the Salem High School class of 1935 and graduated with honors from the University of Oregon in 1939. On 17 January 1941 he was commissioned Ensign, in the Supply Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. From March to July of that year, he attended the Naval Finance and Supply School at Philadelphia; and, on 31 August, he reported for duty as paymaster in the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37).

    Three months and seven days later, on 07 December 1941, he was onboard Oklahoma, moored at Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row 7. He is believed to have been working on payroll the morning of the attack, and was one of 415 crewmembers killed in action after five direct hits from Japanese torpedoes caused Oklahoma to capsize. Missing after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Ensign Sederstrom was officially declared dead as of 07 December 1941.

    After the attack, Ensign Sederstrom's remains were unidentifiable and he was interred in a mass grave at Pearl Harbor. In 2016, 75 years later, his remains were identified through DNA and dental records. Ensign Delmore "Verdi" Sederstrom returned to the United States and was reinterred at Arlington National Cemetery on 26 April 2017.

    USS Sederstrom (DE 31) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Upper photo from the Oregon Encyclopedia, a Project of the Oregon Historical Society)
    (Lower photo from the Statesman Journal, Salem Oregon)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Manager, Navsource
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    122k 15 June 1943: Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Sederstrom (DE 31) at Mare Island. Left to right: Mr. I. H. Whitthorne, Mrs. F. W. Scanland, Capt. F. W. Scanland, Mrs. W. L. Friedell, Radm W. L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. Thomas D. O'Dea (Sponsor), Mr. John McCormack, Mrs. John McCormack (Matron of Honor), Mr. S. J. Lundblad, Mrs. Julia O'Dea, Capt. F.C. Crisp, Master Michael J. O'Dea, Mr. Thomas O'Dea.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4379-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    96k 15 June 1943: Mrs. John McCormack (Matron of Honor) and Mrs. Thomas D. O'Dea (Sponsor) are shown prior to the launching of Sederstrom at Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4382-43)
    113k 15 June 1943: Sederstrom is at the end of the building ways at her launching.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4376-43)
    140k 07 July 1943: Sederstrom is seen being outfitted at Mare Island. USS Fleming (DE 32) is to the right. The ships are berthed at the foot of the building ways used to construct them.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-31-4823-43)
    25k December 1943 -

    Sederstrom History
    View the USS Sederstrom (DE 31) 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.

    Sederstrom's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 11 Sep. 1943 - 21 Mar. 1944Lcdr. Lyman Maurice King Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (San Bernardino, Cal.)
    2.) 21 Mar. 1944 - 26 May 1945Lcdr. Joseph Peter Farley
    3.) 26 May 1945 - 18 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Bartholemew Henry Bossidy
    4.) 18 Sep. 1945 - 15 Nov. 1945Lt. Paul Dana Jr. (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    USS Sederstrom (DE 31) Reunion Coordinator
    Contact Name: Bob Young
    Address: 83 Oak Avenue
    City/State: Belmont, Mass. 02478
    Phone: (617) 484-0950
    E-mail: ryoung73 at
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