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USS Herzog (DE 178)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - P - F - J
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Herzog (DE 178) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 May 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 05 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alice A. Herzog, mother of Lt.(jg) William Ralph Herzog
  • 06 October 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard by Captain of the Yard by Cap't H. V. McKittrick, Lcdr. J. C. Toft Jr., in command
  • 01 August 1944: Decommissioned at Natal, Brazil after 10 months of service; recommissioned the same day in the Brazilian Navy as Beberibe (Be-2).
  • 30 June 1953: Returned to U.S. control and simultaneously transferred outright to Brazil under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program (Sold and scrapped, 1968)
  • 20 July 1953: Struck from the NVR
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    470k 18 October 1943: New York, N.Y, - USS Herzog (DE 178) off New York City. The Statue of Liberty can be seen in the distance over her fantail. Herzog carries MS22 camouflage scheme and was commissioned two weeks earlier at the New York Navy Yard on 06 October.

    (U.S. Navy Photo from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    141k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    338k October 1943: previously undated wartime image, appears to be a wider view of 0617802. Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    64k undated: ex-USS Herzog as the CTE ("Contratorpedeiro de Escolta" / Destroyer Escort) Beberibe (Be-2), in service with the Brazilian Navy. Luiz Brazil Cotta
    FT3 Brazilian Navy (Ret.)

    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Herzog History
    View the USS Herzog (DE 178) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Herzog's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 06 Oct. 1943 - 13 Mar. 1944Lcdr. James Cecil Toft Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Trenton, N.J.)
    2.) 13 Mar. 1944 - 01 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Joseph Bacon Fyffe, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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