Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.
|Click On Image
For Full Size Image
By And/Or Copyright
|20k||Norman F. Vandivier was descendant from the early Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam (New York City). His fourth great-grandfather, Peter Vandiver (sic) (1769-1823), was
a soldier in the American Revolution. He fought with the New Jersey Militia and resided in Somerset county, NJ. He probably moved from New Jersey to Kentucky via the Cumberland Gap trail
after the Revolution to claim a land bounty for his war service. In 1826, Peter Vandiver (sic) II (1787-1866), a native of New Jersey, made the trek from Mercer county, Kentucky with his
family to Johnson county, Indiana. His son Strother (Norman's second great-grandfather), a native of Johnson County, Ind., carved the inscription "16 Oct 1826" into a Beech tree on their
farm to commemorate the day his father, Peter Vandiver (sic), claimed an 80 acre-tract of land in Union Township, Johnson county, Indiana.
Norman's father, Fred Forsythe Vandivier, a graduate of Franklin high school class of 1908, married Mary Rebecca Hardin, a graduate of Nineveh high school class of 1913, at her parent's home in Nineveh, Johnson, Indiana on 27 Jan 1915. Immediately after their wedding ceremony, Fred and Mary Vandivier departed for Edwards, Mississippi. The newlyweds journeyed south, making brief visits at Chattanooga, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama before arriving in Edwards. Beginning 01 Feb 1915, and for the next two years, Fred was in charge of the agricultural department of a missionary school located in Edwards and run by the Christian Woman's (sic) Board of Missions (C.W.B.M.). The CWBM merged with several other organizations in 1919 to form the United Christian Missionary Society. As part of his duties, Fred also managed a farm of 1300 acres. Mrs. Vandivier served as matron of the girl's dormitory at the Edwards Mission school.
The following year Mr. and Mrs. Vandivier sent word home announcing the birth of their first child, Norman Frances (sic) Vandivier, on 10 March 1916. The good news was published on 11 March 1916 in Franklin's only newspaper at the time, The Evening Star. A month later, Mrs Fred Vandivier departed Edwards and traveled to Indiana with her infant son, Norman Francis. They arrived there on Saturday, 15 Apr 1916, to a boisterous welcome by the new grandparents and other close family of which there were many. The following year Fred, Mary and Norman left Edwards for the last time and returned to Indiana in March 1917. Upon their arrival in Indiana, Fred's father, Ira Vandivier, gave Fred a large farm to live on and manage. Over the next seven years, Fred and Mary's family grew with the birth of three more children, Rosemary, Robert Dale and Ellamae Vandivier. All born in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. (CONTINUED....)
USS Vandivier (DER 540) (1955-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Portrait from the Indiana Historical Society)
Commander, USN (ret.)
Follow Gerry's Blog
Missing In Action
England, United Kingdom
|61k||12 May 1956
(U.S. Navy photo)
|531k||19 December 1957: the Atlantic Ocean - An aerial view of the radar picket escort ship USS Vandivier (DER 540) underway.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1033702 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|View the USS Vandivier (DER 540) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Vandivier's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 11 Oct. 1955 – 15 May 1957||Lcdr. Frank Benevides Correia, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘45) (Bristol, R. I.)|
|2.) 15 May 1957 – 25 Jul. 1958||Lcdr. William Russell Johnson, USN (NROTC '37) (Long Eddy, N. Y.)|
|3.) 25 Jul. 1958 – 10 Feb. 1960||Lcdr. John Taylor Stark Kearns, USN (USNA ‘46) (Culpeper, Va.)|
|4.) 10 Feb. 1960 – 14 May 1960||Lcdr. James Regis Vallely, USN (Decomm. CO) (New Castle, Pa.)|
Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has
been made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list
only a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the
Frequently Asked Questions section on NavSource's Main Page for that information.
|To The DE, FF, LCS Photo Index Page|
|Back To The Main Photo Index|
This Page Created And Maintained By Mike Smolinski|
by Paul R. Yarnall, All Rights Reserved.
Page Last Updated: 05 November 2021