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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.
  • 2 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.
  • 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.
  • 21 October 1955: Reclassified and converted DER 388
  • 18 December 1956: Recommissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Lcdr G. N. DeBuer, USN, in command
  • 2 June 1957: Assigned to the Pacific Barrier for radar picket duty operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 21 May 1965: Decommissioned at Bremerton, Wash.
  • 1 February 1974: Struck from the NVR
  • 6 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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    Lansing 699k 29 April 1945: Lansing, painted in measure MS21 camouflage color scheme, underway slowly. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Lansing 77k 29 April 1945: New York Harbor (National Archives Photo) Terry A. Moberg
    RM2 (1960 - 1963)
    Lansing 73k Date unknown: USCGC Lansing (WDE-488) believed to have been taken at Sand Island, off Honolulu, Hawaii (Official Coast Guard photo, National Archives)
    Lansing 93k March 1957: operating off Point Loma, Cal. (Photo: National Archives)
    Lansing 118k 1960: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two scenes from the movie "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" showing Finch moored outboard of Durant. 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 Kauai. Tommy Trampp
    Lansing 103k
    Lansing 72k 16 November 1963: Pacific Ocean Robert Hurst
    Lansing 76k October 1964: Moored at Johnston Island in the South Pacific. (Photo: National Archives) Terry A. Moberg

    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 Cdr. Edwin Brook Flory
    7.) 08 Sep. 1959 - 11 Jul. 1961 Lcdr. Eugene William Ostlund
    8.) 11 Jul. 1961 - 09 Aug. 1963 Lcdr. Donald James Krejcarek
    9.) 09 Aug. 1963 - 21 May 1965 Cdr. Robert Treat Shultz ('50) (Coronado. Cal.)

    View the USS Lansing (DE 388) DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center website.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Terry A. Moberg
    Address: 902 Cindy St. / Brainerd MN 56401
    Phone: (218) 829-3288
    E-mail: Terry Moberg

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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