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|63k||Albert D. Sturtevant was born in Washington, D.C., on 02 May 1894. On 24 March 1917, he and 28 others enlisted in the Naval Reserve Forces as the First Yale Unit. Two days
later, they were all commissioned ensigns. After flight training in Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on 01 May 1917 and, in September, he received orders for overseas duty. Ensign
Sturtevant reported to the group attached to the Royal Flying Corps station at Felixstowe, England, in October.
Sturtevant's duties consisted of flying escort for merchantmen crossing the North Sea. On 15 February 1918, while flying an escort mission with another plane of his unit, the two American were jumped by a flight of 10 German planes. Sturtevant's companion recognized the hopelessness of the 5-to-l odds and escaped to safety, but Sturtevant gamely fought it out with the enemy. When last seen, Ensign Sturtevant was hit and crippled, falling toward the sea. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
USS Sturtevant (DE 239) was the second ship to be named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 240 (1920-1942).
(Photo #ggbain 26285 from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
|71k||Undated Wartime Image||DESA Archives|
|95k||Undated Post-War Image||Richard O. Armstrong|
|72k||March 1954: aboard the USS Sturtevant - HMC Lowell L. Lundberg, USN, gives a heat lamp treatment to SKSN David L. Quinlant. (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-636917 from the National Archives)||Bill Gonyo|
|195k||Undated Post-Conversion Photo||Nick Tiberio|
|View the USS Sturtevant (DE 239) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Sturtevant as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Sturtevant's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Jun. 1943 - 10 Nov. 1943||Lcdr. William Frederick Hawes, USN (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 10 Nov. 1943 - 11 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. James M. Mertz, USNR (Greenwich, Conn.)|
|3.) 11 Sep. 1945 - 24 Nov. 1945||Lt. John Clayton Hill II, USNR (Annapolis, Md.)|
|4.) 24 Nov. 1945 - 29 Jan. 1946||Lt. Adam C. Gambel, USNR (New Orleans, La.)|
|5.) 29 Jan. 1946 - 24 Mar. 1946||Lt(jg). Malcolm Daisley (Decomm. CO)|
|6.) 03 Aug. 1951 -||Lcdr. Richard Banks Redmayne (Westwood, Mass.)|
|7.) Aug. 1954 -||Lcdr. Joseph Henry Laliberte (Nashua, N.H.)|
|8.) no dates||Lcdr. Nathaniel T. Williams, Jr. (Elizabethton, Tenn.)|
|9.) no dates||Cmdr. Thomas R. Hobbs|
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