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USS Abercrombie (DE 343)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Abercrombie (DE 343) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 November 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 14 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Abercrombie, mother of the late Ens. Abercrombie
  • 01 May 1944: Commissioned at the Orange City Dock, Lcdr. Bernard H. Katschinski, USNR, in command
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 1 months of service
  • 01 May 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 07 January 1968: Sunk as target off California sunk by the guns, missiles, and aircraft of a task group built around USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31).
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    Abercrombie History
    View the USS Abercrombie (DE 343) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Abercrombie as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Abercrombie's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 May 1944 29 May 1945Lcdr. Bernard H. Katschinski, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 29 May 1945 - 14 Oct. 1945Lt./Lcdr John R. Hicks, USNR
    3.) 14 Oct. 1945 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Edward Matthews Higgins Jr., USN
    4.) .. .... 1946 - 15 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Augustus Knight Jr., USN (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Homer Dumont, president, Abercrombie Association

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Abercrombie
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