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USS Oswald (DE 767)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
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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 - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Oswald (DE 767) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1943: Keel laid by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.
  • 25 April 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Zola F. Oswald, mother of MM2/c Harvey E. Oswald
  • 12 June 1944: Commissioned, Lt. Edward L. Patton, USNR, in command
  • 30 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 1 year and 10˝ months of service
  • 1951: Transferred to the Philadelphia Reserve Group
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 October 1973: Sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md. for $65.666.66 under bid no. 16-4020, scrapped at their Curtis Bay Yard in Baltimore
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    Oswald 302k 25 April 1944: Tampa, Fla. - The future USS Oswald (DE 767) launching at the Tampa Shipbuilding Company shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 81351, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Don Scott
    Robert Taylor
    ***Coffman / Oswald*** 269k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking south from the Langley Ave. side, we see Whitehall (PC-856) and another unidentified PC alongside the the Intrepid Ave. quay. Further to the right, at the Constitution Ave. quay we see Oswald, Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman (DE 191), Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen (DE 531). Jim Cunliffe
    ***Coffman / Oswald*** 287k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald, Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman (DE 191). In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341).

    Oswald History
    View the USS Oswald (DE 767) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Oswald as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Oswald's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to James Swank
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 12 Jun. 1944 - 02 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Edward L. Patton, USNR (Chestertown, Md.)
    2.) 02 Jun. 1945 - 28 Nov. 1945Lcdr William R. Peabody, USNR (Cambridge, Mass.)
    3.) 28 Nov. 1945 - 19 Dec. 1945Lcdr Carleton C. Clark , USNR (Middletown, Oh.)
    4.) 19 Dec. 1945 - 15 Mar. 1946Lt. Edward F. Neagle Jr., USNR (Orange, N.J.)
    5.) 15 Mar. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Wesley D. Chiverton, USNR (Galesburg, Mich.)

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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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