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USS Patterson (DE 1061)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - M - V
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 star

"Finest Frigate In The Fleet"
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 64 / 199C
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 15' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Armament: 1 x 5"/54 Mk 42 (600 rds), 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Complement: 13 / 211
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Gun FCS, Mk114 Underwater Battery FCS
Patterson (DE 1061) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyard Corp.
  • 12 October 1967: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyard Corp., Westwego, La.
  • 03 May 1969: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Laura Winslow
  • 14 March 1970: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Station, Cmdr. John W. Walden in command, assigned to CruDesLant at Newport, R.I.
  • 1973: Homeport assignment changed to Mayport, Fla.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1061)
  • 15 June 1983: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 30 September 1991: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 21 years and 6 months of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 September 1999: Contract for $3.8 million awarded to Baltimore Marine Industries Inc, Baltimore, Md. for towing / scrapping
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    Patterson 55k Daniel Todd Patterson was born on Long Island, New York, on 6 March 1786. He entered the U.S. Navy as an acting Midshipman in 1799, and had Quasi-War with France service in the frigate Delaware. During the war with Tripoli he served in the frigates Constitution and Philadelphia, becoming a prisoner of war when the latter was captured on 31 October 1803. Released in 1805, Midshipman Patterson was assigned to duty at New Orleans, Louisiana. He served there for nearly two decades, attaining the ranks of Lieutenant in 1807 and Master Commandant in 1812. Later in 1812 Patterson took command of the New Orleans station. In 1814 he led an amphibious attack on a pirate town in Barataria Bay and in December directed Naval forces in actions that significantly delayed the British approach to New Orleans. The following month, Master Commandant Patterson distinguished himself in action with the British during the Battle of New Orleans. Promoted to Captain in February 1815, Patterson's service at New Orleans continued until 1824, when he took command of the frigate Constitution. He was appointed a Navy Commissioner in 1828. In 1832-1836 he commanded the Mediterranean Squadron, with the title of Commodore. Subsequently, Patterson was Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard, holding that post until he died on 25 August 1839.

    USS Patterson (DE 1061) was the third ship named in his honor. She was preceded by DD 36 (1911-1919), and DD 392 (1937-1945).

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 43178 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Patterson 482k 03 May 1969: Westwego, La. - Patterson being side-launched at Avondale Shipyards. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Patterson 83k 27 August 1970: Narragansett Bay, R.I. - USS Patterson (DE 1061) underway.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 99645 by PHCS W.H. Long from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center)
    Tony Cowart /
    Fred Weiss
    Patterson 111k 27 August 1970: Narragansett Bay, R.I. - Patterson underway.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 99646 by PHCS W.H. Long from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center)
    Tony Cowart
    Patterson 112k circa the early 1970's: At sea - Patterson underway.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 99647 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Patterson 68k circa June-July 1971: Patterson visiting a German port.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 78756 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Patterson 142k 1984: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - Starboard bow view of Patterson moored at the shipyard while serving as a unit of the Naval Reserve Force. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph #NH99648 by Francis M. Cox, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-09742 by Francis M. Cox from the Defense Visual Information Center
    Tony Cowart /
    Fred Weiss
    Patterson 123k January 1984 (exact date unknown): Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - A crewman opens a can while painting Patterson.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-09741 by Francis M. Cox from the DVIC)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Patterson 93k January 1984 (exact date unknown): Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - Crewmen apply paint to the mack (combination mast and stack).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-09745 by Francis M. Cox from the DVIC)
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    1986: Philadelphia, Pa. - Three photos of Patterson taken during a tour for the veterans of the previous USS Patterson (DD 392). DD 392 was holding its' first reunion
    in Philadelphia that year. Patterson was homeported at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a unit of Surface Group Four, Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic at the time.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Dave Johnson)
    Dave Johnson


    David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    Patterson 139k June 1989: the Atlantic Ocean - Mount 51 being fired John Hummel
    Patterson 162k 14 September 1990: At sea - A port view of Patterson underway. (The date on this, and the next photo, has to be incorrect. Patterson went through the Knox Class FF hull upgrade program prior to 1987, per ex-crewmember Brian Wells)
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11618 by PHCS Long from the DVIC)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Patterson 447k 14 September 1990: At sea - A port bow view of Patterson underway.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11617 by PHCS Long from the DVIC)
    Patterson 68k date / location unknown -
    Patterson 192k October 1993: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - USS Valdez (FF 1096) and Patterson at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Photo taken from the deck of Salem (CA 139).
    (Photo by Ed Zajkowski)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.

    Patterson Memorabilia
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp
    Courtesy of
    1981 - 1982 Cruise
    Book Cover
    Courtesy of

    Patterson History
    View the USS Patterson (DE 1061) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Patterson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  14 Mar. 1970 - 29 Oct. 1971Cmdr. John Warren Walden (USNA '52) (Camden, N.J.)
    2.)  29 Oct. 1971 - 29 Aug. 1973Cmdr. John Anthony Byrne Jr. (OCS '52) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    3.)  29 Aug. 1973 - 04 Jan. 1974Cmdr. Paul Robert Fournier (USNA '56) (Lowell, Mass.)
    4.)  04 Jan. 1974 - 14 Jan. 1976Cmdr. Thomas H. Luter (OCS '58) (Upper Darby, Pa.)
    5.)  14 Jan. 1976 - 28 Nov. 1977Cmdr. David Ronald Cox (OCS '59) (Belmont, Mass.)
    6.)  28 Nov. 1977 - 24 Jan. 1980Cmdr. James Gordon Weber (OCS '60) (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
    7.)  24 Jan. 1980 - 23 Jul. 1981Capt. Robert W. Sherer (USNA '61) (Annapolis, Md.)
    8.)  23 Jul. 1981 - 09 Jul. 1983Cmdr. John J. Chernesky Jr. (OCS '67)
    9.)  09 Jul. 1983 - 19 Oct. 1985Cmdr. John Richard Heufelder (Boston, Mass.)
    10.) 19 Oct. 1985 - 15 Jan. 1988Cmdr. Francis Douglas Meyer (Richland Center, Wis.)
    11.) 15 Jan. 1988 - 15 Aug. 1990Cmdr. James J. Quinn
    12.) 15 Aug. 1990 - 30 Sep. 1991Cmdr. Blake Victor Blakey Jr.

    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
    USS Patterson Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Patterson
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