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|48k||Antoine Joseph Corbesier was born in Belgium on 22 January 1837. At age 28, after serving in the Belgian army, he emigrated to America. In October of 1865, he was appointed
swordmaster of the United States Naval Academy. For more than 49 years he served in that position and was beloved by Midshipmen. Professor Corbesier was an interesting and conspicuous
figure in the history of the Naval Academy for nearly half a century. Possessed of a stern though lovable nature, he won the high esteem and affection of all with whom he came in contact. In
1915 every graduate of the Naval Academy on the active list of the navy, except the admiral of the navy, had been under the military instruction of Professor Corbesier, and he was respected by
thousands of men in all walks of life who have known him through their attendance at the Naval Academy. By a special act of Congress, he was given the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine
Corps on 04 March 1913. He died in the Naval Hospital at Annapolis on 26 March 1915. The funeral services were held in the Naval Academy Chapel, and the interment took place in the Naval Academy
Cemetery. All officers, and the regiment of midshipmen, attended as mourners to pay their last tribute to a man who had always shown in himself a good example of "virtue, honor, patriotism, and
USS Corbesier (DE 438) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 51707 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|165k||Obituary: Antoine Joseph Corbesier|
|122k||Undated Wartime Images||Steven Mortenson|
(son of crewmember Stanley Mortenson)
|242k||Undated Wartime Image||Nick Tiberio|
|219k||27 May 1944: the East River, New York Harbor - USS Corbesier (DE 438) in Measure 31/22d camouflage scheme off the New York Navy Yard two months after being commissioned.
She had been in the Yard for post-shakedown availability from 20 to 27 May, when she shifted her berth to Pier 35 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Annex for resupply.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-64.04.01 from the Naval Subjects Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Corbesier (DE 438) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Corbesier as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Corbesier's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 31 Mar. 1944 - 21 Jul. 1944||Lcdr. William Baxter Porter, USN (USNA '33) (Washington, D.C.) (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 21 Jul. 1944 - 07 Nov. 1945||Lt. / Lcdr. Herbert Vincent Jones Jr., USNR|
|3.) 07 Nov. 1945 - 11 Mar. 1946||Lt. Edward Burnett Van Voorhees, USNR|
|4.) 11 Mar. 1946 - 02 Jul. 1946||Lt. Paul L. Wright Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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