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|49k||Max Silverstein was born in Chicago, Ill., on 15 February 1911 and was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy on 18 June 1928. He was commissioned ensign on 02 June 1932
and went to sea in Chester (CA 27) on the 26th as an aircraft gunnery observer. He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) on 2 June 1935 and subsequently served in
Chaumont (AP 45), Tattnall (DD 125), and Seattle (CA 11). After being promoted to lieutenant on 13 March 1940, later changed to date from 01 August 1939,
Lt. Silverstein reported for duty as Engineer and Damage Control Officer in Sims (DD 409). On 07 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Sims came under aerial
attack. Though knocked unconscious by the first bomb, Lt. Silverstein quickly recovered and "coolly directed the securing of the boilers, the jettisoning of topside weights to preserve stability
and the preparations for repairs to save the vessel from sinking." Lt. Silverstein died soon thereafter when Sims sank. For "his relentless determination and inspiring heroism . . . ,"
Lt. Silverstein was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal and the Purple Heart.
USS Silverstein (DE 534) (1944-1959) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1932)
|57k||undated, souvenir ship portrait||Alfred F. McDonald|
|103k||undated, another souvenir ship portrait||Tommy Trampp|
Benton City, Wash.
|59k||undated||Ronald W. (Fett) West|
|299k||1955: off the coast of Hawaii - Silverstein underway off Pearl Harbor.
(Photo by John's Dad, BMC Albert Curry)
|John M. Curry|
|96k||1956: off Enewetok and Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands - Photo was taken when Silverstein was part of a flotilla of ships involved in a series of 17 tests of A-bomb and H-bomb devices, under the code name of "Redwing."||John W. Smith|
1954 - 1957
|137k||USS Silverstein Commanding Officers 1944 - 1959|
(Photo © Ron Jensen, 1944 crew)
|329k||28 May 1958: off the coast of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Silverstein shown lying on the hull of USS Stickleback (SS 415) following a collision that took place during ASW exercises.||Robert M. Cieri|
|397k||28 May 1958: off the coast of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - Silverstein, shortly after separating from Stickleback following a collision that took place during ASW exercises.||Charles Hansen|
|227k||Page from Silverstein's Scrapping Booklet showing her laid up in storage.||Ed Zajkowski|
|219k||Page 11 from Silverstein's Scrapping Booklet designating which items have to be demilitarized.|
|View the USS Silverstein (DE 534) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Silverstein as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Silverstein's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 14 Jul. 1944 - 29 Nov. 1944||Lcdr. Franklin A. Reece Jr., USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 29 Nov. 1944 - 05 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Frederick Charles Hartman Jr., USNR|
|3.) 05 Dec. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lt. R. E. Peters, USNR|
|4.) .. .... 1946 - 15 Jan 1947||Lt.(jg) E. V. Farrell, USN (Decomm. CO)|
|5.) 28 Feb. 1951 - .. Sep. 1952||Lcdr. James Revely Kittrell (Recomm. CO) (El Paso, Ark.)|
|6.) .. Sep. 1952 - .. Dec. 1953||Lcdr. Gould|
|7.) .. Dec. 1953 - .. Mar. 1954||Lcdr. Melvin Earl Bustard Jr. (Harrisville, Ut.)|
|8.) .. Mar. 1954 - .. Nov. 1955||Lcdr. Robert Dale Wood|
|9.) .. Nov. 1955 - .. .... 1957||Lcdr. Jack Hardin Pennington (USNA '44) (Hillsboro, Tex.)|
|10.) .. .... 1957 - 30 Jan. 1959||Lcdr. Charles Shuford Swift (Decomm. CO) (Alameda, Cal.)|
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