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USS Mills (DE 383)

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Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Fever Breaker"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Third Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal
Fourth Row: National Defense Service Medal - Antarctica Service Ribbon - Armed Forces Expeditionary 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
Mills (DE 383) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 March 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 26 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. James E. Mills
  • 12 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr J. S. Muzzy, USCG, in command
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8 months of service
  • 01 November 1956: Reclassified as DER 383, conversion commenced at the Boston Naval Shipyard
  • 03 October 1957: Recommissioned, Lcdr Joseph E. Feaster in command, assigned to Newport, R.I. as a radar picket of the North American Continental Air Defense System
  • 03 September 1968: Assigned as NRT ship, Washington Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
  • 27 October 1970: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 13 years of service
  • 01 August 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 15 years and 9 months of service
  • 12 March 1975: Sold for scrapping
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    Mills 106k undated wartime image (This photo of the USS Mills, DE383, is from my Dad's photo album. He (John Kingeter) was a plank holder on the Mills and did 9 trips across the Atlantic in WWII.) John Kingeter
    Mills 139k August 1960: Boston Naval Shipyard (Photo © Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    Mills 207k circa mid-1960's: Key West, Fla. - USS Mills returning to Key West from an Antarctica deployment. In 1964, Mills was assigned to operation "Deep Freeze," the U.S. Naval Force supporting scientific research in Antarctica. During the austral summer seasons of 1964‑65, and 1966‑67, and 1967‑68, Mills took station to provide weather information and electronic navigational aid to aircraft ferrying men and equipment between Christchurch, New Zealand, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Each of these seasonal deployments required an 11,000‑mile voyage via the Panama Canal to Dunedin, New Zealand, Mills- base of operations with "Deep Freeze." At the end of each deployment, Mills completed a round‑the‑world cruise by returning to Newport via Suez.
    (Photo #MM00041306x by Don Pinder, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Mills 49k April 1967: Italy (Photo © Richard McNamara) Richard McNamara
    Mills 31k late 1960's: in New York Harbor, with the statue of Liberty off the starboard bow. Bob Yellen
    Mills 301k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Two views of decommissioned Mills at the Inactive Ship Basin of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Jim Cunliffe
    Frederica, Del.
    Mills 290k

    Mills Memorabilia
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Plaque
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    Mills History
    View the USS Mills (DE 383) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Mills as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Mills' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  12 Oct. 1943 04 May 1944Lcdr. James S. Muzzy, USCG
    2.)  04 May 1944 15 Aug. 1945Lcdr. Victor Pfeiffer, USCG
    3.)  15 Aug. 1945 - .. .... 1945Lt. Henry E. Ringling, USCGR
    4.)  .. .... 1945 14 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Douglas D. Vosler, USCG
    5.)  03 Oct. 1957 - .. .... 1959Lcdr. Joseph Eugene Feaster (Bath, S.C.)
    6.)  .. .... 1959 - .. May 1961Lcdr. L. B. Loudermilk (Anadarko, Okla.)
    7.)  .. May 1961 - .. Nov. 1962Lcdr. Deming W. Smith (USNA 47) (Worcester, Mass.)
    8.)  .. Nov. 1962 11 Nov. 1964Lcdr. Robert Dale Hoffman (USNA '50) (Burlington, Wis.)
    9.)  11 Nov. 1964 25 Oct. 1966Lcdr. Henry Clay Morris, Jr. (McCamey, Tex.)
    10.) 25 Oct. 1966 03 Feb. 1968Cdr. Joseph Albert Felt (Buffalo, N.Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Jack Merkle
    Address: 12403 Madeley Lane / Bowie MD 20715
    Phone: (301) 262-4288
    E-mail: Jack Merkle
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