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|43k||Carl William Otterstetter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Otterstter on 11 January 1920 at Moorhead, Minn. The family later moved to California and settled in Oakland. Carl
graduated from Castlement High School and later attended Merritt Business School. He enlisted in the Navy as an Apprentice Seaman at San Francisco, Calif. on 18 September 1940. After six
months of training at San Diego he was advanced to Seaman Second Class on 18 January 1941 and transferred to Commander Patrol Wing Two on 03 April. He was killed in action during the Japanese
attack at Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941. He received a citation for prompt and efficient action and utter disregard of personal danger in the effort to repel the attack on the Naval Air
Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.
In addition to his parents, Seaman Otterstetter was survived by two sisters, Mrs. Irene O'Brien of Alameda, Cal., and Mrs. Edward Shepard of Seattle, Wash., and four brothers, Robert, Conrad, George and Theodore, all of Oakland.
USS Otterstetter (DE 244) (1943-1946, 1951-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Oakland Tribune)
|71k||undated early wartime image (1943 - early 1944)||Harold Williams|
|63k||undated late wartime image (1945)|
|91k||all undated wartime images
(Photo #80G364880 from the National Archives)
West Chester, Pa.
|305k||12 June 1944: Argentia, Newfoundland - Two views of USS Otterstetter taken from USS Tripoli (CVE 64) as she entered Argentia Harbor.
(U.S. Navy photos #80-G-364890 and 80-G-364891 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
|Rick E. Davis|
|123k||undated postwar image||Harold Williams|
|430k||circa 1958: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Otterstetter (DER 244) at sea.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo catalog #L45-221.02.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
20 Dec. 1941
|View the USS Otterstetter (DE 244) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Otterstetter's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 06 Aug. 1943 - 26 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. William Baxter Porter, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '33) (Fortress Monroe, Va.)|
|2.) 26 Dec. 1943 – 13 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Leonard Edgar Whitmore, USNR|
|3.) 13 Dec. 1945 – 10 Sep. 1946||Lcdr. William O. Austin Jr., USN|
|4.) 06 Jun. 1952 -||Lcdr. John Paul Sullivan|
|6.) 05 Feb. 1955 - .. Oct. 1956||Lcdr. Maylon Truxton Scott (USNA '44) (San Francisco, Cal.)|
|8.) 1959||Lcdr. Rudolph Valentino Biordi (USNA '45) (Ellwood City, Pa.)|
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