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USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - L - R
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Salt Lake"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

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
Robert F. Keller (DE 419) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 January 1944: Keel laid by the Brown Ship Building Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 19 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Peter S. Keller mother of Ens. Keller
  • 17 June 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr R. J. Toner, USNR, in command
  • 24 April 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 10 months of service
  • September 1946: Status changed to "in service", assigned to NRT, 13th Naval District at Puget Sound, Wash.
  • 31 March 1950: Status changed to "in commission, in reserve", assigned to NRT, Potomac River Naval Command at Washington, D.C.
  • 18 November 1950: Recommissioned (NRT)
  • 21 September 1959: Decommissioned and placed "in service" as NRT ship, 5th Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
  • 02 October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned and placed back "in service" as NRT ship, 5th Naval District at Baltimore, Md.
  • .. January 1965: Final Decommissioning at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after a total of 20 years and 3 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Rob't F. Keller 1.) 53k     Rob't F. Keller 2.) 49k     Rob't F. Keller 3.) 124k     Rob't F. Keller 4.) 117k     Rob't F. Keller 5.) 133k

    03 January 1945: A five view series of USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419), seen wearing camouflage measure 32/22D, making her approach and
    then colliding with USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83). In photos 1 and 2 she's making her approach. Photos 3 and 4 show her up against Sargent Bay's
    starboard quarter, and in scene 5 she's pulling away. Fortunately she doesn't look too much worse for the wear after the collision.

    (U.S. Navy Photos: 1.) #80-G-263931, 2.) #80-G-263931, 3.) #80-G-338828, 4.) #80-G-338819, and 5.) #80-G-338823, from the United States National Archives)
    (All photos courtesy of  C. Lee Johnson, from his web site, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage.)
    Bob Donlon
    SOG3, 4/54 - 8/55

    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    R.F. Keller 427k 30 May 1948: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419) passing under Lions Gate Bridge.
    (Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8708 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    R.F. Keller 57k undated postwar image Bob Donlon
    SOG3, 4/54 - 8/55
    R.F. Keller 75k circa early 1950's: at Portsmouth, England
    R.F. Keller 84k March 1954: aboard USS Robert F. Keller - HMC Robert S.V. Hull compounds medicine in the sick bay of the ship.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-636581 from the National Archives)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    R.F. Keller 71k circa 1954-55: at sea Bob Donlon
    SOG3, 4/54 - 8/55
    R.F. Keller 46k circa 1954-55: at sea
    R.F. Keller 129k circa 1954-55: underway off the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D.C.
    R.F. Keller 272k 1962: location unknown - Robert F. Keller at sea.
    (U.S. Navy Photo)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    R.F. Keller 310k 12 May 1962: The Atlantic Ocean - Robert F. Keller (DE 419) cruising in a line abreast formation with USS Thaddeus Parker (DE 369) and USS Albert T. Harris (DE 447).
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 95914 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    R.F. Keller 368k undated: Philadelphia, Pa. - ex-Robert F. Keller (DE 419) laid up in the Inactive Ship Basin of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard awaiting disposal. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    Robert F. Keller History
    View the USS Robert F. Keller (DE 419) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History, (Version 1), of USS Robert F. Keller as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View the official War History, (Version 2), of USS Robert F. Keller as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View the Robert F. Keller Supplemental History from Bob Donlon.

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