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USS Robert I. Paine (DE 578)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - D - J
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Robert I. Paine (DE 578) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 November 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co., Hingham, Mass.
  • 30 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. John Paine, mother of Private Paine
  • 26 February 1944: Commissioned at Hingham, Mass., Lcdr. Drayton Cochran, USNR, in command
  • 18 March 1945: Redesignated DER 578, converted by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex
  • 21 November 1947: Decommissioned at Charleston. S.C. after 3 years and 9 months of service
  • 01 December 1954: Redesignated DE 578
  • 01 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 18 July 1969: Sold, scrapped
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    Robert I. Paine
    279k 10 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Robert I. Paine (DE 578) comes alongside Ranger (CV 4) for refueling while part of Task Group 27.1, which was providing protection for Ranger and Card (CVE 11) as they steamed west from Casablanca. Note the damage to her bow, which was sustained on 24 April in a collision with the tanker "Canyon Creek" while sweeping the channel out of New York City.

    (U.S. Navy photos #80-G-230391 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Tracy White)
    Tracy White
    Seattle, Wash.
    Robert I. Paine
    493k 10 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Ranger's sailors look on as Robert I. Paine completes a two-hour refueling and begins preparations to pull away at 1500 hours on 10 May. Immediately following this fueling, Paine was detached from TG 27.1 (westbound) and assigned to Task Group 21.11 (eastbound) to replace USS Buckley (DE 51) following her damage in action against U-66 on 06 May.

    (U.S. Navy photos #80-G-230393 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Tracy White)
    Robert I. Paine
    584k 01 July 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - An aerial view of Robert I. Paine taken in waters near the New York Navy Yard. She had departed the New York Navy Yard at 0815 and was heading for Sandy Hook, N.J. to onload ammunition. She departed Sandy Hook on the morning of the 2nd bound for Refresher Training at Casco Bay, Maine.

    (U.S. Navy photos #CP-DE-578 19-N-67405 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Robert I. Paine
    48k Undated Wartime Image -
    Robert I. Paine
    93kd In her 1945 configuration. She has had her original torpedo tube mount removed and has been rearmed for AA defense, as seen by the guns mounted abaft her funnel.
    Robert I. Paine
    116k Taken in May 1945, she had four single Bofors added for service in the Pacific. She had H/FD/F on a short tripod mainmast, and both Types SL and SA radar. A good example of a standard escort at its best.

    [U.S. Navy photo from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)" by Peter Elliott]
    Edib Krlicbegovic
    Bosnia - Hercegovina

    Robert I. Paine History
    View the USS Robert I. Paine (DE 578) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Robert I. Paine as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Robert I. Paine's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Feb 1944 28 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Drayton Cochran, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 28 Nov. 1945 Jan. 1947Lcdr. Aubrey Delos Engle, USN (USNA '41) (E. St. Louis, Ill.)
    3.) Jan. 1947 21 Nov. 1947Lcdr. Kenneth Steen, USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '41) (New York City, N. Y.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: "Smiley" Burnette
    E-mail: Smiley Burnette

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