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USS Swearer (DE 186)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 9 stars -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
Swearer (DE 186) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 August 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 31 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Walter F. Swearer
  • 24 November 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lt. K. N. Hannan, USNR, in command
  • 27 August 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 9 months of service
  • 16 September 1950: Transferred to France, renamed Bambara (F-719) (struck and broken up in 1959)
  • 20 October 1950: Struck from the NVR
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Swearer 151k undated wartime image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    Swearer 138k undated wartime image (Photo from Jason's grandfather, Sylvester Schneider, a WWII Swearer crewmember) Jason Schneider
    Swearer 63k undated wartime images (Photos from David's Dad, Donald Kirby, a WWII machinist mate in Swearer)

    (Note: Photo #0618606 and #0618603 from Jason Schneider must have been taken only minutes apart. The only difference is the positioning of some of the people in both photos.)
    David Kirby
    Swearer 57k
    Swearer 112k
    Swearer 109k
    Swearer 101k
    Swearer 81k date/location unknown: Bambara (F-719, ex-USS Swearer DE 186) underway.

    (Photo by Wright & Logan, Southsea, England; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Swearer History
    View the USS Swearer (DE 186) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Swearer as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Swearer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 24 Nov. 1943 - 02 Sep. 1944Lcdr. Kenneth H. Hannan, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 02 Sep. 1944 - 26 Sep. 1945Lcdr. John M. Trent, USNR 
    3.) 26 Sep. 1945 - 01 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Clifford Edson Caton, USNR (Springfield, Mass.)
    4.) 01 Jul. 1946 - 01 Aug. 1946Lcdr. Elmer Leon Prescott (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    5.) 01 Aug. 1946 - 25 Feb. 1947Lt. Neil Helberg Lindhjem (Decomm. CO) (Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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