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USS Lansing (DE 388)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - K - J - M

Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Flash Back"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star

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
Lansing (DE 388) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 May 1943: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 02 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Alberta L. Lansing, widow of William H. Lansing
  • 10 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. S. R. Sands, USCG, in command
  • 25 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 15 June 1952: Loaned to USCG and Recommissioned as WDE-488 at Green Cove Springs, Fla., Lcdr. William F. Adams, USCG, in command
  • 29 March 1954: Returned USN and Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10⅔ months of service
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified and converted DER 388
  • 18 December 1956: Recommissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Lcdr. G. N. DeBuer, USN, in command
  • 02 June 1957: Assigned to the Pacific Barrier for radar picket duty operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 21 May 1965: Decommissioned at Bremerton, Wash. after 8 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 February 1974: Struck from the NVR with a total of 12 years and 8 months of service
  • 06 September 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Levin Metals Co., San Jose, Calif. for $72,216.00, dismantled at Richmond, Cal.
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    699k 29 April 1945: USS Lansing, painted in measure MS21 camouflage color scheme, underway slowly.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    77k 29 April 1945: New York Harbor

    (National Archives Photo)
    Terry A. Moberg
    RM2 (1960 - 1963)
    73k Date unknown: USCGC Lansing (WDE-488) believed to have been taken at Sand Island, off Honolulu, Hawaii.

    (Official Coast Guard photo, National Archives)
    93k March 1957: operating off Point Loma, Cal.

    (Photo: National Archives)
    118k 1960: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two scenes from the movie "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" showing Finch moored outboard of Durant. The second scene shows their motor whaleboat passing USS Lansing. The movie was a 1960 CinemaScope comedy-drama war film starring Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, and Chips Rafferty. It was filmed at Pearl Harbor and the island of Kauai. Tommy Trampp
    Benton City, Wash.
    433k 16 November 1963: USS Lansing (DER 388) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #KN-7281 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    76k October 1964: Lansing moored at Johnston Island in the South Pacific.

    (Photo: National Archives)
    Terry A. Moberg
    RM2 (1960 - 1963)

    Lansing History
    View the USS Lansing (DE 388) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Lansing as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Lansing's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Nov. 1943 - 05 Jun. 1944 Cdr. Simon Ray Sands Jr., USCG
    2.) 05 Jun. 1944 - 25 Jun. 1945 Cdr. Richard F. Rea, USCG
    3.) 25 Jun. 1945 - 25 Apr. 1946 Lcdr. S. G. Carkeek, USCG (decomm.)
    4.) 15 Jun. 1952 - 29 Mar. 1954 Lcdr. William F. Adams, USCG (as WDE-488)
    5.) 18 Dec. 1956 - 20 Feb. 1958 Lcdr. Claude Noel DeBuhr (recomm.)
    6.) 20 Feb. 1958 - 08 Sep. 1959 Cmdr. Edwin Brook Flory
    7.) 08 Sep. 1959 - 11 Jul. 1961 Lcdr. Eugene William Ostlund (W. Fargo, N.D.)
    8.) 11 Jul. 1961 - 09 Aug. 1963 Lcdr. Donald James Krejcarek (Whitelaw, Wis.)
    9.) 09 Aug. 1963 - 21 May 1965 Cmdr. Robert Treat Shultz (USNA '50) (Coronado. Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Lansing No Longer Holds Reunions
    E-mail: usslansing388 at
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    Additional Resources

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