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USS Strickland (DE 333)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactively) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Strickland (DE 333) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 August 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 02 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Everett Strickland
  • 10 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. A. J. Hopkins in command
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 29 March 1951: Towed to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for conversion to DER
  • 01 October 1951: Reclassified DER 333
  • 02 February 1952: Recommissioned at Norfolk, Va., assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 16
  • July 1957: Homeport assignment changed to Pearl Harbor, Hi. after years and months of service
  • 17 June 1959: Decommissioned after 7 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 10 months of service
  • 13 August 1974: Sold for scrapping to the West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, Wash. (Bid $232,896.00 for DER 147, DER 333, and LFR 1)
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    35k Everett Carlton Strickland was born to Everett J. and Elizabeth (Tuttle) Strickland on 06 July 1918 in Waterport, N.Y. Prior to entering naval service he attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve from the state of New Jersey as a seaman second class on 17 February 1941. He attended elimination flight training at Brooklyn, N.Y., and was then assigned to flight training at Jacksonville, Fla. He was promoted to ensign and assigned to active duty on 13 January 1942. Ensign Strickland served in the air scouting detachment of USS Astoria (CA 34) and participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway before he was killed on 09 August 1942 when Astoria was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island. His body was unrecoverable and he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart medal.

    USS Strickland (DE 333) (1944-1959) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 85951 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Strickland 152k The cake cutting for the 1952 anniversary of USS Strickland. Guests are presumed to be Mr. and Mrs. Everett J. Strickland, parents of the ship's namesake.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 85953 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Strickland 217k Summer 1957: preparing for high-line transfer.

    (All Three Photos © Jim Young), as DER 333
    Jim Young
    Strickland 179k
    Strickland 182k
    Strickland 535k 02 Oct. 1958: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Radar picket escort ship USS Strickland (DER 333) underway at Pearl Harbor.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1078644 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Pete Schonenberg
    Commander, USN (ret.)
    XO/Nav '59 - '60
    via Bob Hall

    Strickland History
    View the USS Strickland (DE 333) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Strickland as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Strickland's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  10 Jan. 1944 03 Mar. 1945Lcdr. Arthur James Hopkins, USNR (Comm. CO) (Douglas, Az.)
    2.)  03 Mar. 1945 26 Nov. 1945Lt./Lcdr. Thomas H. Baird Jr., USNR
    3.)  26 Nov. 1945 24 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Herbert Charles Hawkins, USN (USNA '41) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    4.)  24 Apr. 1946 01 May 1946Lt.(jg) Curtis R. Coleman, USNR
    5.)  01 May 1946 15 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert A. Weckstrom, USNR (Decomm. CO)
    8.)  15 Jun. 1955 - 06 Oct. 1956Lcdr. Harold Raymond (Red) Youman Jr.
    9.)  06 Oct. 1956 20 Feb. 1958Lcdr. Douglas Grey Parramore
    10.) 20 Feb. 1958 14 Oct. 1959Lcdr. / Cmdr. Dean May French (Klamath Falls, Ore.)
    11.) 14 Oct. 1959 17 Jun. 1960Cmdr. Robert Holmes Robeson Jr. (Decomm. CO) (USNA 46) (Rochester, N. Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Al Trey
    Address: 1 Shadow Lane
    City/State: Ormond Beach FL 32174
    E-mail: Al Trey
    Alternate Contact Name: Joel Weinstein
    E-mail: Joel Weinstein
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Strickland
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