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|48k||Herbert Andrew Calcaterra, son of Jack T. and Gladys (nee Condon), was born on 07 April 1920 at Escalon, San Joaquin County, California. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy on 14 December
1939, he rose through the enlisted ranks attaining the rate of Motor Machinist Mate First Class. Assigned to the crew of submarine USS Pompano (SS 181), he was aboard while she was
on a patrol en route to Midway. When an enemy patrol ship was sighted on 04 September 1942, Pompano surfaced and engaged with deck guns, sinking the enemy vessel within an hour.
Unfortunately, Calcaterra lost his life during the fierce gun fight. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
USS Calcaterra (DE 398) (1944 - 1970) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo from the On Eternal Patrol Web Site)
|69k||1943: location unknown||Joe Doyle
Nov. 1943 to Jul. 1945
|56k||early 1944: USS Hamul (AD 20) with (from left to right) DEs USS Calcaterra
(DE 390); USS Pride (DE 323); USS Falgout (DE 324);
USS Alger (DE 101) and USS Eichenberger (DE 202),
alongside at Bermuda. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 86271, courtesy of the Captain D.L. Madeira Collection)
|73k||undated: Calcaterra as DER 390||-|
|275k||date / location unknown: A photo of the radar picket escort ship USS Calcaterra (DER 390) tied up pierside.
(U.S. Navy Photo; from "The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers and Frigates" by Bernard Ireland)
|85k||Calcaterra underway at Otego Harbor, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken between 11/65 and 2/66.||Gene Spinelli
From collection of
Joe Thorne IC2, USN
|446k||circa 1970: Key West, Fla. - USS Calcaterra moored at Naval Station, Key West.
(Photo #MM00007221 from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
England, United Kingdom
|57k||1970: Calcaterra at Esbjerg, Denmark.||Karsten Petersen,
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© Karsten Petersen
|60k||1970: Calcaterra departing Esbjerg, Denmark.|
|133k||Summer 1970: the Atlantic Ocean - The crew of the destroyer escort USS Calcaterra (DE 390) watch as Soviet retrieval teams from the surveillance trawler Khariton
Laptev (SSV-503) raced to pick up Poseidon launch debris and telemetry buoys from the first test launch from USS James Madison (SSBN 627) off Cape Canaveral in the late summer of 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Rear Admiral Gleb P. Kondratiev from the book "Rising Tide" by Gary E. Weit and Walter J. Boyne)
|594k||circa 1970: off Key West, Fla. - USS Calcaterra underway.
(Photo #MM00046524 from the Wright Langley Collection, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
|58k||July 1971: Calcaterra on the River Weser, departing Bremen, Germany||Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Frankfurt a.M., Germany
|61k||1973 in Key West, shortly before decommissioning (Photo © Randy Mays)||Randy Mays|
|View the USS Calcaterra (DE 390) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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