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USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - J - F
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Twin Grove"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

"Telum Habeo Ibo"
(I Have A Weapon, I Will Go)
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Van Voorhis (DE 1028) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 August 1955: Keel laid at the New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • 26 July 1956: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn Van Voorhis, the widow of Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis
  • 22 April 1957: Commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Lcdr. Joseph J. Doak Jr., in command, assigned to CortRon 14 at Newport, R.I.
  • 08 August 1964: Reassigned as flagship for CortRon 8 at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 July 1972: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I. after 15 years and 2⅓ months of service, Struck from the NVR
  • 15 June 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., of New York City, N.Y.

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    35k Bruce Avery Van Voorhis was born on 29 January 1908 in Aberdeen, Wash. and grew up in Nevada. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in June 1925. Following graduation from the Academy on 06 June 1929, Ens. Van Voorhis reported for duty in USS Mississippi (BB 41) until November 1930 when he transferred to the naval air station at Pensacola, Fla., for aviation training. He received his wings on 3 September 1931 and was assigned to USS Maryland (BB 46) as a member of Observation Squadron 4B (VO-4B). In June 1934, he transferred to Bombing Squadron (VB) 5B on board USS Ranger (CV 4) and, soon thereafter, to VB-2B attached to USS Saratoga (CV 3). From July 1935 until May 1937, he served in the Panama Canal Zone and flew patrols from Coco Solo with Patrol Squadron (VP) 2F. The following June, 1938, Van Voorhis returned to carried-based aviation and served in Enterprise (CV 6), then in Yorktown (CV 5), and in Enterprise again. In June 1940, Van Voorhis joined the aviation unit assigned to Honolulu (CL 48) where he served until July 1941, when he reported for duty at NAS Anacostia, where he served until November 1942.

    In December, Van Voorhis, a lieutenant commander since July, assumed command of VP-14, but soon thereafter took command of VB-102. While serving in that capacity, Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis gave his life for his country near Hare Island of Kapingamarangi Atoll, the southernmost of the Eastern Caroline Islands. After a 700-mile flight alone, Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis launched successive bombing and strafing attacks on the enemy ground installations. During his onslaught, he succeeded in destroying a radio station, antiaircraft emplacements, and at least one airborne fighter as well as three others on the water. However, the strength of Japanese aerial opposition eventually forced Van Voorhis lower and lower until either the intense antiaircraft barrage, the fighters, or—perhaps—his own bomb blasts knocked him out of the sky near the island. For the ". . . conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity . . ." he displayed in his ". . . lone but relentless battle against overwhelming opposition . . ." Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously.

    USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) (1957-1972) was the first ship named in his honor.      (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Joseph K. Taussig
    140k January 1957: Newport, R.I. - Dressed for Christmas, with USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030) and USS Lloyd Thomas (DD 764) both inboard of her.
    (from the USS Lloyd Thomas Cruisebook, January - March 1957)
    Robert Hall
    Van Voorhis
    203k May 1957: Philadelphia, Pa. - USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) photographed off the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard soon after her commissioning. Notes on the ship's radars and other antennas are written on the photo. Among the radars identified are: AN/SPG-34, AN/SPS-6C, and AN/SPS-5B.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #80-G-1030314 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Van Voorhis
    222k April 1957: Philadelphia, Pa. - Van Voorhis makes up to a tug off the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Van Voorhis
    315k 1963: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) underway at sea, circa the early 1960s. This photograph was received with the ship's 1963 Command History.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 107509 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    ***Hammerberg / Van Voorhis***
    214k 20 September 1962: New York, N.Y. - The trim lines of three destroyer escorts form a striking image along Pier 84. These ships (left to right) USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028), USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) and USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030), are part of a six-ship group visiting the city before going back to sea. Robert M. Cieri
    Van Voorhis
    47k 1965 (U.S. Navy photo) -
    Van Voorhis / John Willis
    329k 19 October 1965: the South Atlantic Ocean - Operation Unitas VI, October 1965, USS John Willis (DE 1027) and USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) steam astern of USS Norfolk (DL 1) while operating with the Unitas VI task force off the Argentine coast.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1114319-A from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Van Voorhis
    119k December 1969: Newport, R.I. - Dwarfed by USS Koelsch (DE 1049) moored alongside.

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    Van Voorhis
    71k 11 June 1970: at sea in the Atlantic.

    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Van Voorhis
    97k November 1970: Souda Bay, Crete - A shot of Van Voorhis taken from a returning motor whaleboat. Nick Vidnanski
    STG2, 1969-1972

    Van Voorhis Memorabilia
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    Van Voorhis
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    Courtesy of
    Change of Command
    ceremony program
    Van Voorhis
    Courtesy of
    Nick Vidnanski
    Ship's Name Board at
    the Navy Yard Museum
    Van Voorhis
    Courtesy of
    John Clingman

    Van Voorhis History
    View the USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Van Voorhis's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  22 Apr 1957 - 1958Lcdr. Joseph James Doak Jr. (USNA '44) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    2.)  1958 - 1960Lcdr. Thomas King Ives (USNA '45) (St. Augustine, Fla.)
    3.)  1960 - 1961Lcdr. W. R. Veit
    4.)  1961 - 1962Lcdr. William Ross St. George (USNA '47) (Southport, N.C.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    5.)  1962 - 1963Cdr. William Lawrence Read (USNA '49) (LaGrange, Ill.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    6.)  1963 - 1965Lcdr. Richard Anthony Dalla Mura (USNA '51) (Portsmouth, N.H.)
    7.)  1965 - 1967Lcdr. John McClellan Langford (USNA '52) (Austin, Tex.)
    8.)  1967 - 1968Lcdr. James Granville Storms III (OCS '54) (ret. as Radm.)
    9.)  1968 - 1970Lcdr. William E. Vollmer Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    10.) 1970 - 04 Feb. 1972Lcdr. William W. Pippenger (OCS '58) (Muncie, In.)
    11.) 04 Feb. 1972 - 01 Jul. 1972Lcdr. J. J. O'Brien Jr. (OCS '62) (Cambridge, Mass.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2022 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys
    Escort Squadrons 8, 10, 14

    15 - 18 September 2022 at Baltimore, Md.
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    City/State: Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
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