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|7k||Robert Sinclaire Booth, Jr. was born in Hickory, N.C., on 25 January 1915. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., for three years, majoring in
electrical engineering, and among his civilian jobs, worked as an ordinary seaman on ships of the Baltimore Mail and Isthmian Lines that visited ports in France, Germany, Egypt,
Arabia, India, Malaya and South Africa. He enlisted in the naval reserve as an apprentice seaman at Washington, D.C., on 09 July 1940, and received training in the auxiliary (ex-battleship)
Wyoming (AG 17) (15 July-09 August 1940), receiving an honorable discharge on 09 August 1940. The following day, Booth received an appointment as a midshipman in the Naval
Reserve and reported for training duty at the Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at New York quartered on board Illinois (IX 15). He completed his training on 13 November 1940
and received his commission as an ensign in the naval reserve on the 14th. On 01 December 1940, Ens. Booth reported for duty in Arizona (BB 39). One year later, he was still
serving in the battleship in her E [Engineering] Division, with his battle station in the after distribution room on the first platform deck. He was among the 1,177 killed on board when
Japanese bombs sank Arizona during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941.|
USS Booth (DE 170) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor. (Photo from The USS Arizona BB 39 Web Site thanks to Nancy Nease)
|67k||21 June 1943: Newark, N.J. - Booth is launched.||Tommy Trampp|
Benton City, Wash.
|137k||26 April 1944: New York Harbor - USS Booth (DE 170) lays to off the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-71078 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|69k||27 October 1945: Truk Island, Navy Day||DESA archives|
|543k||22 September 1981: Calayan Island, Philippines - The foundered frigate BRP Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76, ex-USS Booth) on 22 September 1981.
She was driven aground during Typhoon Clara on 21 September 1981 on the rocky northern shore of Calayan Island, in the northern Philippines. 79 of the crew of 97 died.
(U.S. Defense Imagery photo taken by SMSgt. R. Bagwell.)
England, United Kingdom
|87k||22 September 1981: Calayan Island, Philippines - An aerial view of the capsized Philippine destroyer escort BRP Datu Kalantiaw PS-76 (originally the USS Booth DE 170) during the Military Airlift Command`s Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service rescue operations.||Fred Weiss|
|64k||22 September 1981, as above|
|175k||22 September 1981: Calayan Island, Philippines - A view of the capsized Philippine destroyer BRP Datu Kalantiaw (ex-USS Booth DE 170).
In the foreground, a crewman from the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE 29) takes a break from salvage operations.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-00819 by PH2 Soutar from the Defense Visual Information Center)
Navsource Archive Manager
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|View the USS Booth (DE 170) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Booth as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Booth's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Sep. 1943 - 27 Jun. 1944||Lcdr. Donald Whiley Todd (Comm. CO) (Annapolis, Md.)|
|2.) 27 Jun. 1944 - 19 Jan. 1945||Lt. Francis D. Moorman, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)|
|3.) 19 Jan. 1945 - 03 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Jack Louis Rinn, USNR (Iahoma, Okla.)|
|4.) 03 Dec. 1945 - 31 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. George H. Merrin, USNR (Canonsburg, Pa.)|
|5.) 31 Dec. 1945 - 01 Apr. 1946||Lt. John W. Ryan, USNR|
|6.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 14 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Harold D. Sherwood, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Hackensack, N.J.)|
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