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|67k||Uriah Phillips Levy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 22 April 1792. After several years as a shipowner and civilian mariner, he became a U.S. Navy officer in October 1812.
He was a prisoner of war during the latter part of the War of 1812, but his career thereafter was active and fruitful. During the 1850s, he was an important figure in abolishing flogging as a Navy
punishment. Levy commanded USS Vandalia in 1838-39, USS Macedonian in 1858 and was Flag Officer of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1860. He is also noted for his ownership
and preservation of Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello. Commodore Levy died in New York City on 22 March 1862.
USS Levy (DE 162) (1943-1947) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 48113 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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DE / FF / LCS Archive
|296k||12 May 1943: Newark, N.J. - USS Levy (DE 162) departing the Federal Shipbuilding yard for the New York Navy Yard where she'll be commissioned the next day.|
(U.S. Navy photo #L45-164.05.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|142k||03 June 1943: Great Sound Anchorage, Bermuda - USS Levy alongside USS Hamul (AD 20)
at the Bermuda DE Crew Training Base. Having departed the New York Navy Yard at 09:20 on 01 June, Levy moored starboard side to Hamul at 15:42 on 03 June to commence
her shakedown training.
(Photo by Dmitri Kessel, aboard USS Edsall (DE 129), for Life Magazine)
West Chester, Pa.
|74k||Undated Wartime Image||---|
|79k||Undated Wartime Image: Levy underway in the Pacific.
(U.S. National Archives Photo from the book "Anti-submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History"" by David Owen)
England, United Kingdom
|93k||22 August 1945: Mili Atoll, the Marshall Islands - Japanese and U.S. officers negotiate the surrender of Mili Atoll on board USS Levy (DE 162).
Identified U.S. officers present include (from left to right): Commander H.E. Cross; Captain H. B. Grow, USNR, senior U.S. officer present; Commander W.C. Burkhard; Lieutenant
P.S. Breck, Jr.; and Commander C.G. Olson. Japanese officers in center include an unidentified junior officer, at left, and Japanese Navy Captain Masanori Shiga. Note the pistol
shoulder holster worn by U.S. officer in right foreground, fancy rope decoration on stanchions, metal wardroom chairs and steward in right background.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-490370 from the United States National Archives)
|138k||28 August 1945: Mili Atoll, the Marshall Islands - These guys sure look happy to have the war over. "Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, shown these sailors from USS
Levy (DE 162) pointing with pride their sign, which reads, “We always welcome Seabees and Marines”. This beach head became the first Japanese territory in World
War II to formally surrender to United States forces. Shown (left to right): SM2 Abe Klotzman; YN2 Irwin Schwartz; Coxswain Henry Jendrzejanski, and EM2 Kenneth Werton. All the
sailors were Navy Reservists.|
(U.S. Navy Photo # 80-G-338460 from the United States National Archives)
Navsource Archive Manager
|163k||04 September 1945: Wake Atoll - USS Levy anchored off Wake Island. A barge carrying Japanese officers approaches Levy to
surrender the Island. The surrender proceedings took place aboard Levy
(Source: Life Magazine Collections, Eliot Elisofon photographer, shared by Peter DeForest)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|175k||undated: Norfolk, Va. - Ex-USS Levy (DE 162) laid up at the Inactive Ship Facility, Norfolk Naval Shipyard awaiting disposition.||Nick Tiberio|
|79k||18 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of ex-DE's 162, 180, 181, 1015, 1021, and 1022 (Levy, Trumpeter, Straub, Hammerberg, Courtney, and Lester).||Ed Zajkowski|
DE Historical Museum
USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
|View the USS Levy (DE 162) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Levy as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Levy's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 13 May 1943 - 13 Jul. 1943||Cmdr. Frank Wahlon Schmidt, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '20) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|2.) 13 Jul. 1943 - 04 Feb. 1944||Lt. Mathew Vaughn Carson Jr., USNR (Yorktown, Tex.)|
|3.) 04 Feb. 1944 - 16 May 1944||Lt. Benjamin Harding Hallowell, USNR (Radnor, Pa.)|
|4.) 16 May 1944 - 10 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. William G. Clarenbach, USNR (Alameda, Cal.)|
|5.) 10 Nov. 1945 - 26 Nov. 1945||Lt. Benjamin Shattuck, USNR|
|6.) 26 Nov. 1945 - .. Jan. 1946||Lt. Joseph B. Chomel, USNR (Connersville, Ind.)|
|7.) .. Jan. 1946 - .. Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) R. L. Morrison, USNR|
|8.) .. Mar. 1946 - 01 Jan. 1947||Lt. John Joseph Darcy, USN (Melvin, Mich.)|
|9.) 01 Jan. 1947 - 17 Mar. 1947||Lcdr. Charlie Cecil Griffen (Decomm. CO)|
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