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USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - V - Z
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

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
Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) Building and Operational Data:
  • 03 January 1944: Keel laid at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 16 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. R. B. Nawman mother of the late 2d Lt. Melvin R. Nawman
  • 16 May 1944: Commissioned at the Tennessee Iron and Coal Co. dock, Houston, Tex.; Lcdr. F. W. Kinsley in command
  • 24 April 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 years and 11 months of service
  • 28 March 1951: Recommissioned at San Diego, Lcdr. P. H. Teeter in command, assigned to Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, at Melville, R.I.
  • June 1958: Assigned to NRT 1st Naval District at Davisville, R.I., soon moving to Providence, R.I.
  • 30 August 1960: Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. after 9 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 11 years and 4 months of service
  • 03 October 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    M.R. Nawman 60k 16 February 1944: Houston, Tex. - Melvin R. Nawman is launched. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    M.R. Nawman 75k undated wartime image Dave Caputo
    M.R. Nawman 45k undated wartime image
    M.R. Nawman 39k undated wartime image
    M.R. Nawman 186k undated post-war image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Raymond 214k Summer 1953: Copenhagen, Denmark - Four destroyer escorts make a Scandinavian port visit during a North Atlantic Midshipman Cruise. From left to right: USS Raymond (DE 341), USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), and USS Chester T. O'Brien (DE 421), with a fourth unidentified DE aft. This photo is part of the CT-DESA exhibit which is displayed at our CT-DESA chapter events.
    (Photo from the Nick Palermo Collection)
    John N. Adriani
    Shelton, Conn.
    M.R. Nawman 534k 1959: Starboard bow view of the destroyer escort USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) underway, with sailors manning the rails.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 444097 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    M.R. Nawman 99k August 1960: Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, N.J.
    (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    ***Coffman / M.R. Nawman*** 269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking south from the Langley Ave. side, we see Whitehall (PC-856) and another unidentified PC alongside the the Intrepid Ave. quay. Further to the right, at the Constitution Ave. quay we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman, Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen (DE 531). Jim Cunliffe
    Frederica, Del.
    ***Coffman / M.R. Nawman*** 287k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman, Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman (DE 191). In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341).

    Melvin R. Nawman

    M.R. Nawman
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    Melvin R. Nawman
    View the USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Melvin R. Nawman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 May 1944 16 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Frederick William Kinsley, USN (USNA 35) (Marblehead, Mass.)
    2.) 16 Mar. 1946 23 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Ward L. Patterson (Decomm. CO)
    3.) 28 Mar. 1951 - .. Jul. 1952Lcdr. Philip Hitchcock Teeter (Recomm. CO)
    4.) .. Jul. 1952 - .. Jun. 1954Lcdr. Steven Nicholas Anastasion (USNA '42) (New Haven, Conn.)

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