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|8k||Edward Robert Sellstrom was born in Gowrie, Iowa on 19 July 1916, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota in 1939. He enlisted in the Naval
Reserve as Seaman second class at Minneapolis on 14 January 1941 and was appointed Aviation Cadet at Pensacola, Fla., on 20 March 1941. On 15 September 1941, he was commissioned Ensign,
USNR. After duty in the Advanced Carrier Training Group, Pacific Fleet, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 3, on board carrier Lexington. On 20 February 1942, Ensign
Sellstrom intercepted an enemy four-engined bomber, determinedly pursued it through clouds and rain, and assisted in shooting it down despite heavy machine gun and cannon fire. Later
that day, he intercepted and shot down another aircraft during an attack directed at his carrier by nine enemy bombers. As a result of his "skillful marksmanship and courage," he was
awarded the Navy Cross. Ensign Sellstrom was killed in an airplane crash on 21 June 1942.
USS Sellstrom (DE 255) (1943-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo Courtesy of the Gustavus Adolphus College Alumni Association thanks to Philly Kauffmann)
|318k||24 July 1944: off Boston, Mass. - A starboard beam view of Sellstrom taken near the Boston Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-255 19-N-68621 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
|77k||Rec'd 16 Sept. 1944 (Official USN photo #USN-177791 from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter List||Mike Green|
Port Angeles, Wash.
|281k||undated: A photo of the radar picket escort ship USS Sellstrom (DER 255) underway, location unknown. Note the full-width amidships deckhouse and
modified bridge. She has a unshielded twin 3"/50 mount forward, and her hedgehog is uncovered.
(U.S. Navy Photo; from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland)
England, United Kingdom
|99k||A Lockheed WV-2 Warning Star (BuNo 141310) of early warning squadron VW-15 flies over the radar picket destroyer escort USS Sellstrom (DER 255)
off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, in March 1957. The WV-2 141310 disappeared on 20 February 1958 300 km north of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. No trace of the aircraft or the crew
of 22 was ever found.|
(U.S. Navy photo taken by Mahlon K. Miller. U.S. Navy photograph on VP Navy.
|245k||late 1950's: Brooklyn, N.Y. - USS Sellstrom (DER 255) at the New York Naval Shipyard, with floating workshop YR-64 moored behind her. The Williamsburg Bridge is seen in the distance.||Loren Finnerty|
|View the USS Sellstrom (DE 255) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Sellstrom's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Dec. 1943 - 1944||Lcdr. William L. Maloney, USCG (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 1944 - 1945||Lcdr. William L. Morrison, USCG|
|3.) 1945 - 19 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. Carlton J. Schmidt, USCG|
|4.) 19 Jan. 1946 - 12 Jun. 1946||Lt. Marcus N. McGarity, USCG (Decomm. CO)|
|5.) 01 Jan. 1955 -||Lcdr. Edward Revis Hunt (Recomm. CO)|
|7.) 1959 - .. Jan. 1960||Lcdr. Everett Austin Parke (USNA ‘45)|
|8.) Jan. 1960 - 24 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. James Whitney Martin (Decomm. CO)|
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