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Japanese aircraft attack off Okinawa - 21 of her crew
were lost with the ship and remain on eternal duty
USS Bates (DE 68 / APD 47)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - G - A - Q
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/2 stars - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Bates (DE 68) Building and Operational Data:
29 March 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Hingham, Mass.
06 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Nason Bates, the mother of Ens. Bates
12 September 1943: Commissioned at Hingham, Mass. by Radm. Travis Smith; Lcdr. Eugene H. Maher in command, shipyard workers presented a check to the ship in the mount of $75.
27 July 1944: APD conversion commenced at Marine Basin Co., Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y.
31 July 1944: Reclassified APD 47
23 October 1944: APD conversion completed, departed for the Pacific on 28 October
25 May 1945: At 1115, attacked by 3 kamikazes while patrolling two miles south of Ie Shima, 21 crewmembers were killed in the attack, Bates sank at 1923
25 June 1945: Struck from the NVR after 1 year and 7⅓ months of service (hulk was donated to the government of the Ryukyu Islands, 01 July 1957)
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||16 August 1943: Hingham, Mass. - The future USS Bates (DE 68) and an unidentified sister at the fitting out pier of the Bethlehem Steel-Hingham Shipyard
(Source: Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard)
Port Angeles, Wash.
||undated wartime image
||Two views of the undated wartime image which was given to crewmembers as a remembrance of their service. Many ships gave a ship portrait like this one to crewmembers.
(Top photo from Randy's Dad, a wartime crewmember)
||Chin Yu Chu|
South East Asia
|View the USS Bates (DE 68 / APD 47) DANFS history entry located
on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|View the last official War Diary entry of USS Bates as submitted by the ship on 31 May 1945.|
|Bates' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 12 Sep. 1943 - 05 May 1944||Lcdr. Eugene Hugh Maher, USNR (Comm. CO) (Ogden, Utah)
|2.) 05 May 1944 - 25 May 1945||Lcdr. Henry Albert Wilmerding Jr., USNR (CO at ship's loss) (Oyster Bay, N.Y.)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Reunion Contact: William S. McMillan, SoM 1/c
Address: 17 Highland Place
City/State: Canajoharie NY 13317-1303
Phone: (518) 673-3589
E-mail: Stan McMillan
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