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USS DeLong (DE 684)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - T - Z - T
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Bannister"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/star

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
DeLong (DE 684) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 October 1943: Keel laid by the Fore River Yard, Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.
  • 23 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. C. (Jetta) DeLong, mother of the late Corporal W. F. DeLong, USMCR
  • 31 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr R. C. Houston, USN, in command; assigned to Destroyer Escort Division 2
  • 15 August 1945: Reclassified as APD 137, reported to Charleston Navy Yard for conversion, conversion cancelled
  • .. January 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years of service
  • 07 February 1951: Recommissioned
  • 16 July 1958: Decommissioned, placed "in service" at the New York Naval Shipyard, assigned to NRT as a unit of the Select Reserve ASW Force, 3rd Naval District at New York City, N.Y.
  • October 1961: Recommissioned for the Berlin Crisis at Ft. Schuyler, N. Y., Cmdr. Bryan McCrave, USNR, in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 18 at Newport, R.I.
  • 01 August 1962: Decommissioned, placed back "in service" at Ft. Schuyler, returned to Third Naval District NRT duties as a unit of Reserve Destroyer Squadron 30
  • 08 August 1969: Placed "out of service" at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, struck from the NVR with a total of 20 years and 6 months of service; custody transferred to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia
  • 19 February 1970: Sunk as target off Puerto Rico
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    De Long 85k undated postwar images -
    De Long 54k
    De Long 105k underway, circa the 1950's or early 1960's

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 98909 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    De Long 35k date / location unknown Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    De Long 82k date / location unknown (late '50's, early '60's) Lon Finnerty
    De Long 29k
    De Long 20k 1957: drydocked
    De Long 480k 22 June 1958: Brooklyn, N.Y. - At the Brooklyn Navy yard, shortly before they started scrapping Enterprise (CV 6) by first cutting off her tripod mast; she was sold for scrapping 10 days later, on 02 July.  The carrier on the opposite side of the pier is USS Independence (CVA 62) nearing completion. Ships visible in the left foreground include (from front): USS DeLong (DE 684), USS Coates (DE 685) and USS Hoe (SS 258). Ten other destroyers are also present, as is a "Liberty" type ship.  The F. & M. Schaefer brewery is visible in the center background; the longest and last operating brewery in New York City (when it was closed in 1976), and America's oldest lager beer brewing company.

    (U.S. Navy photo #1036995 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Steve Whitby
    DeLong 256k early 1960's: Two excellent shots of USS DeLong (DE 684) underway. (0668411 appears to be a better copy of 0668406 above) Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    DeLong 392k
    DeLong 245k circa 1966: USS DeLong (DE 684) underway.

    (Official U.S. Navy photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1966-67")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    T. Parker 258k 03 February 1967: Newport, R.I. - Two views of four Third Naval District reserve training DE's alongside USS Yosemite (AD 19) for upkeep and repair. From left to right are: USS Thaddeus Parker (DE 369), stationed at the Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, N.J.; DeLong, stationed to the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center, Fort Schuyler, Bronx, N.Y.; USS Albert T. Harris (DE 447), stationed at the U.S. Naval Reserve Training Center at Whitestone, Queens, N.Y.; and last but not least USS Coates (DE 685), stationed at the Long Wharf in New Haven, Conn.

    (Both Photos ©Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    T. Parker 118k
    DeLong Memorabilia
    News Article
    October 1960
    A.C. Cockrell
    Courtesy of
    Award Ceremony
    Booklet Cover
    Courtesy of
    Lon Finnerty
    Ship's Lighter
    (ship design)
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's Lighter
    (ship design)
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's Crest
    (design artwork)
    Courtesy of
    Bob Hurst
    Courtesy of
    Bob Hurst
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    DeLong History
    View the USS DeLong (DE 684) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    DeLong's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.))  31 Dec. 1943 09 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Robert Cecil Houston, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 34) (Wheaton, Ill.)
    2.)  09 Aug. 1944 1945Lcdr. Albert Alexander Campbell, USNR
    3.)  1945 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Joseph (Stormy) Alban Weber Jr., USNR (Chicago, Ill.) (ret. as Radm., USNR)
    4.)  07 Feb. 1951 1952Cmdr. Harold Norman Poulsen, USN (Recomm. CO)
    5.)  1952 1954Lcdr. Walter Daugherty McCord Jr., USN (USNA 43) (New Rochelle, N. Y.)
    6.)  1954 06 Jul. 1956Cmdr. Cecil Bradford Collins Jr., USN (USNA 43) (White Sulphur Springs, W. V.)
    7.)  06 Jul. 1956 28 Jan. 1958Lcdr. Robert D. Rinesmith, USN (Huntington, Ind.)
    8.)  28 Jan. 1958 16 Jul. 1958Lcdr. William Fergus Feely, USN (New York City, N. Y.)
    9.)  16 Jul. 1958 20 Feb. 1960Lt. G. H. Weeks, USN (OinC)
    10.) 20 Feb. 1960 01 Oct. 1961Lt. R. C. Beardslee, USN (OinC)
    11.) 01 Oct. 1961 26 Sep. 1962Cmdr. Bryan E. McCrave, USNR (Long Island City, N. Y.)
    12.) 26 Sep. 1962 11 Jun. 1965Lt. Anthony Paul Porcaro, USN (OinC)
    13.) 11 Jun. 1965 Mar. 1968Lt. John W. Bitoff, USN (OinC) (Me. MA 58) (Brooklyn, N. Y.) (ret. as Radm.)
    14.) Mar. 1968 13 Mar. 1969Lt. W. H. Naumann, USNR (OinC)
    15.) 13 Mar. 1969 08 Aug. 1969Lt. R. L. Stover, USN (OinC)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    DeLong Does Hold Reunions

    Contact Name: Juergen N. Peters
    Address: 3206 Romilly Road
    City/State: Wilmington DE 19810-3436
    Phone: (302) 478-4353
    E-mail: Juergen Peters
    Contact Name: Darrel Ruebsamen
    Address:13315 Heights Path
    City/State: San Antonio TX 78230-5866
    Phone: (210) 492-1895
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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS DeLong
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