Fechteler II DD- 870 - History

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Fechteler II

(DD-870: dp. 2,425; 1. 390'6"; b. 41'1", dr. 18'6";
s. 35 k.; cpl. 367; a. 6 6", 5 21" tt.; cl. Gearing)

The second Fechteler (DD-870) was launched 19 September 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y., sponsored by Miss Joan S. Fechteler, sponsor of the first Fechteler; and commissioned 2 March 1946, Commander A. A. Wellings in command. She was reclassified DDR-870, 9 April 1953.

Homeported at Norfolk, VA., Fechteler operated with carriers in the Virginia Capes area, and made a brief winter cruise to Argentia, Newfoundland. On 6 Janu. ary 1947 she sailed from Norfolk for the west coast, and on 26 May sailed from San Diego for her first tour of duty in the Far East. Serving in the occupation, she called at several Chinese ports, as well as at Okinawa, Hong Kong, Yokosuka, and Guam. She returned to San Diego 22 January 1948, to resume west coast training operations.

Fechteler completed a second tour of duty in the Far East in 1949, and in June 1950, when the Korean War broke out, was at sea off San Francisco on exercises. At once she sailed for Pearl Harbor, where she stood by in preparation for the possible spreading of the conflict, and on 14 July returned to San Diego to prepare for Korean service. She served in the Far East on two war-time deployments, the first from 13 November 1950 to 8 August 1961, the second from 23 February 1952 to 29 September 1952. During both of these, she screened TF 77 in its air operations, sailed with the escort and patrol force, and gave bombardment and close gunfire support to the troops ashore.

Fechteler was decommissioned and placed in reserve 1 April 1953, for conversion to a radar picket destroyer. Recommissioned 1 December 1953, she sailed 10 May 1954 for duty in the Far East until 6 September when she sailed on westward to join the Atlantic Fleet at Newport, arriving 27 October. In addition to participating in the Atlantic schedule of east coast and Caribbean exercises, she also joined in a midshipman cruise in the summer of 1955, voyaging to Malaga, Spain; Plymouth, England; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Once more assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Fechteler sailed from Newport 14 May 1956 for Long Beach, which she reached 28 June. In 1956, 1957-58, 1958-59, and 1960, she cruised in the Far East on duty with the 7th Fleet, serving both on the Taiwan Patrol, and with carrier task forces as a radar warning ship.

Fechteler received five battle stars for Korean War service.


USS Fechteler DD-870 (1946-1970)

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USS Fechteler (DD-870), Gearing-class Destroyer, Korean War

USS Fechteler (DD-870), named for Rear Admiral Augustus Francis Fechteler USN (1857–1921) and/or his son Lieutenant Frank Casper Fechteler (1897-1922), was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Staten Island in New York on 12 April 1945, launched on 19 September 1945 by Miss Joan S. Fechteler, granddaughter of Rear Admiral Fechteler and niece of Lieutenant Fechteler, sponsor of the first USS Fechteler and commissioned on 2 March 1946.

Fechteler operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, underwent conversion to a radar picket destroyer from 1 April to 1 December 1953, alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out naval gunfire support missions during the Vietnam War.

Fechteler was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 September 1970 and sold for scrap on 28 June 1972.

Her home port was Norfolk, Virginia. Fechteler operated with carriers in the Virginia Capes area, and made a brief winter cruise to Argentia, Newfoundland. On 6 January 1947 she sailed from Norfolk for the west coast, and on 26 May sailed from San Diego for her first tour of duty in the Far East. Serving in the occupation, she called at several Chinese ports, as well as at Okinawa, Hong Kong, Yokosuka, and Guam. She returned to San Diego 22 January 1948, to resume west coast training operations.

Fechteler completed a second tour of duty in the Far East in 1949, and in June 1950, when the Korean War broke out, was at sea off San Francisco on exercises. At once she sailed for Pearl Harbor, where she stood by in preparation for the possible spreading of the conflict, and on 14 July returned to San Diego to prepare for Korean service. She served in the Far East on two war-time deployments, the first from 13 November 1950 to 8 August 1951, the second from 23 February 1952 to 29 September 1952. During both of these, she screened TF 77 in its air operations, sailed with the escort and patrol force, and gave bombardment and close gunfire support to the troops ashore.

Fechteler as a radar picket destroyer, circa 1961.

Fechteler was decommissioned and placed in reserve 1 April 1953, for conversion to a radar picket destroyer. Recommissioned 1 December 1953, she sailed 10 May 1954 for duty in the Far East until 6 September, when she sailed on westward to join the Atlantic Fleet at Newport, arriving 27 October. In addition to participating in the Atlantic schedule of east coast and Caribbean exercises, she also joined in a midshipman cruise in the summer of 1955, voyaging to Málaga, Spain Plymouth, England and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Once more assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Fechteler sailed from Newport 14 May 1956 for Long Beach, which she reached 28 June. In 1956, 1957–58, 1958–59, and 1960, she cruised in the Far East on duty with the 7th Fleet, serving both on the Taiwan Patrol, and with carrier task forces as a radar warning ship.

In 1963, Fechteler entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and received the FRAM I modernisation. She was redesignated DD-870 and operated off Vietnam in the second half of the 1960s.

The destroyer was stricken on 11 September 1970. On 28 June 1972, she was sold to Zidell Explorations Inc. at Portland, Oregon and broken up for scrap.


Service history

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Korea

Late in 1950, as a unit of Destroyer Division 71, Buck joined the United Nations Forces in Korea. While there she suffered considerable damage in a collision with the destroyer John W. Thomason. Buck was ordered back to the west coast after temporary repairs at Sasebo, Japan. Between January and March 1951 she underwent repairs at Bremerton, Washington, and then returned to Korean waters arriving 30 April 1951. She operated with United Nations Forces until July when she returned to the west coast. In January 1952 Buck, with Destroyer Division 71, departed for another tour in the Western Pacific. She operated with the shore bombardment forces and with the fast carrier task force until returning to San Diego 11 July 1952. On her sixth Far Eastern tour, between 21 February and 22 September 1953, she operated with TF's 72, 77, 95, 96, and 97 off Korea until the Armistice was declared.

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Buck continued operations along the western seaboard and completed at least three more Far Eastern cruises.

Buck received six battle stars for her Korean service.

Brazilian service

Buck decommissioned at San Diego on 16 July 1973 and transferred to the government of Brazil that same day. The destroyer served in the Brazilian Navy as Alagoas (D 36) until retired on 30 June 1995 and broken up for scrap.


Biography

Augustus Francis Fechteler, born in Paderborn, Prussia (now Germany) [4] 1 September 1857. His family emigrated to the United States in 1865. [4] He was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1877. His distinguished career of service in important posts included command of the 2nd, 6th and 7th Divisions of the Atlantic Fleet, the Norfolk Navy Yard, and the 5th Naval District. He was awarded the Navy Cross for exceptionally meritorious service in duty of great responsibility as Commander of the 6th Division and the Norfolk Navy Yard during World War I. Rear Admiral Fechteler died at the Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads, Virginia, 26 May 1921. [3] [5]


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The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.


Fechteler II DD- 870 - History

Jimmie graduated in the June, 1950 North High class. He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in January, 1951, in Des Moines, IA. His service number was 3240335. Jimmie's next of kin was listed as Mr. James S. Bowie, 1010 19th Street, Des Moines, IA.

***Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado. Training in Weapons Control.

Fechteler operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, underwent conversion to a radar picket destroyer from 1 April to 1 December 1953, alternated operations along the west coast and in Hawaiian waters with deployments to the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet, and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out naval gunfire support missions during the conflict in Vietnam.

Also:
The USS FECHTELER (DD-870) was constructed by the Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, New York, commissioned on 2 March 1946, and assigned to duty with the Atlantic Fleet. When the keel was laid, the ship was originally named in honor of Rear Admiral Augustus F. Fechteler, USN, who commanded a battleship division in World War I. However, prior to commissioning the name was shortened to its present form and honors both the Admiral and his son, LT Frank C. Fechteler, an early naval aviator who was killed in a plane crash in 1922. Admiral William F. Fechteler, USN (Retired), former Chief of Naval Operations, is another son of the late Admiral Augustus Fechteler.
In January 1947, the ship passed through the Panama Canal to begin a six year period of operations with the Pacific Fleet. In April 1953, she underwent conversion to become a radar picket destroyer, and made a round the world cruise in 1954 in this status. After a Mediterranean cruise in 1955, FECHTELER returned to the Pacific Fleet, bringing with it the Battle Efficiency "E". FECHTELER left the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in January 1964, carrying the FRAM I conversion.
FECHTELER was a member of destroyer squadron 19, of the Seventh Fleet. She was present at the outbreak of U.S. naval involvement in the Vietnam War, off Hainan Island in 1964, when the destroyer Turner Joy was attacked by North Vietnamese fast boats. FECHTELER was deployed off the Vietnamese coast during the ensuing war.

***Lowry Air Force Base, CO
World War II - Technical Training Command
In January 1942, in the early course of World War II, the War Department assigned Lowry Field to the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, and tasked Lowry with annually training 57,000 men. By the end of the 1945, Lowry was processing an average of 300 discharges a day. Post WW II
On 1 July 1946, Lowry was assigned to the Army Air Forces new Air Training Command, which it would be a part of for almost the next 50 years. On 24 June 1948, Lowry Field was renamed Lowry Air Force Base as a result of the United States Air Force becoming a separate branch of the Armed Forces of the United States.

With the beginning of the Korean War, Lowry Air Force Base expanded its training program. Courses taught, in addition to photography and armament, included rocket propulsion, missile guidance, electronics, radar-operated fire-control systems, computer specialties, gun and rocket sights, and electronically operated turret systems.


Fechteler II DD- 870 - History

SH-3A Sikorsky Seaking helo Det 110 Big Mother #76
USS Horne (DLG-30) Routine Night (2)
58 miles off North Vietnam coast

Pilot – LT Richard A. Everett
Co-pilot – LTJG Ronald J. Abler
1st crew – ADJ-3 Tommy L. Baron
2nd crew – ADJ-3 Steven G. Springer

USN USS Platte (AO-24)
SN Natham Leroy Hill
( Seamen )

USS PLATTE (AO-24)
(Course and Speeds – omitted)

04:59 USS Horne (DLG-30) has assumed tactical command of Platte. 05:30 set the replenishment detail, man Sta. 3, 4, 7, 8, P/H/L S/H/L. 05:43 turned on replenishment light display. 05:44 Horne commenced making her approach to port. 05:49 Horne alongside to port. 05:51 first line across to port. 05:52 USS Fechtler (DD-870) commenced making her approach to stbd. 05:55 USS Fechtler alongside to stbd. 05:57 first line across to stbd. 06:13 P/H/L. 06:20 high-line rigged to stbd. 06:23 Sta #8 rigged to port. 06:27 MAN OVERBOARD stbd side – EMERGENCY breakaway. 06:30 All lines clear to stbd. 06:31 USS Fechtler clear to stbd. 06:34 R/F/R sounded one short blast. 06:35 S/stop. Horne clear to port – Helicopter from Horne is performing SAR Ops. Turned on man overboard display. 06:38 A/stop/ Position for man overboard is 18⁰–52’N, 106⁰-52’E. 06:39 A/A 1/3 – man overboard bears 251⁰ T – 2700 yards. 06:40 “Oscar” now bears 252⁰ T 2400 yards. 06:44 “Oscar” bears 255⁰ T 2000 yards. 06:45 “Oscar” bears 257⁰ T 1900 yards. “Oscar” bears 257⁰ T 1800 yards. A/stop. 06:46 “Oscar” bears 260⁰ T 1700 yards. 06:50 man overboard is aboard helo of USS Horne. )6:53 L/F/R A/A 2/3. Turned off man overboard display. Turned on underway lights. 06:56, USS Horne reports via fleet comm. Man who was aboard and is in satisfactory condition. 07:00 ALL unrep stations re-manned. 07:15 Fechtler commencing her approach to stbd. 07:21 USS Fechtler alongside to stbd. 07:22 Horne commencing her approach to port. 07:24 Horne alongside to port. First line over to port. First line over to stbd. 07:29 Sta #3 over and rigged to stbd. 07:31 commenced pumping on sta #3 to stbd. 07:33 Sta #7 over and rigged to stbd. 07:40 Sta #8 over and rigged to port. 07:41 Sta #4 over and rigged to port. 07:42 commenced pumping on sta #7. 07:45 secured pumping on Sta #3 to stbd. 07:47 sta #3 unrigged and retrieved to stbd. 07:55 secured pumping on sta #7. 07:59 commenced pumping on Sta #4 & 8 to port. Sta #7 unrigged and retrieved to stbd. P/H/L unrigged and retrieved to port. 08:00-12:00 underway as before. All lines clear to stbd. 08:06 Hill, Latham Leroy the man previously overboard returned to the ship via personnel high-line from USS Horne. 08:20 secured pumping on Sta #8 to port. Secured … (11)

USS HORNE (DLG-30) (12)
(Courses and Speeds – omitted)

05:51 on station alongside port side of PLATTE, first line over. 06:24 first probe. 06:28 initiated emergency breakaway procedure, man overboard starboard side of PLATTE. 06:30 all lines and hoses clear, maneuvering to clear port side of PLATTE. 06:32 set flight quarters. 06:34 set man overboard detail, secured the replenishment detail. 06:44 launched Big Mother 76. 06:50 man overboard recovered by Big Mother 76. 06:52 recovered Big Mother 76, man recovered is HILL, NATHANEL, SN. 06:59 secured flight quarters …… 07:28 on station alongside PLATTE. 08:05 commenced highline transfer of SN HILL with USS PLATTE

USS FECHTELER (DD-870) (13)
(Courses and Speeds – omitted)

05:52 commenced approach on USS PLATTE. 06:05 shotline in hand amidships. 06:14 span wire on deck aft. 06:26 span wire ready forward station. 06:27 emergency breakaway procedure, man overboard on PLATTE. 06:29 manned forecast off for man overboard recovery. 06:31 Captain has the conn, maneuvering to recover man overboard. 06:40 sighted man overboard. 06:51 helo from USS HORNE (DLG-30), man overboard, maneuvering once again to station on PLATTE.

Crewman stated SN Hill, a man of color, was very difficult to see at night.

1) Numbering as per HC-7 Rescue Log (accumulative rescue number)
2) HC-7 Rescue Log
3) No rescue report within collection
4) Map – Google Earth
10) HC-7 History collection Ron Milam – Historian
11) USS PLATTE (AO-24) – Deck Log
12) USS HORNE (DLG-30) – Deck Log
13) USS FECHTELER (DD-870) Deck Log

(Compiled / written by: Ron Milam, HC-7 Historian – HC-7, 2-1969 to 7-1970, Det 108 & 113)


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Lahir di San Rafaei, California, Fechteler lulus dari Akademi Angkatan Laut Amerika Serikat dengan kelas 1916 dan dibertugas di kapal Pennsylvania (BB-38) selama Perang Dunia Satu. Selama mengikuti dua dekade, Fechteler memiliki berbagai seagoing dan pantai billets, termasuk beberapa posisi staf dan komando dari penghancur Perry (DD-340).

Di 1942-43, Kapten Fechteler bertugas di Biro Navigasi (Kemudian di Biro Personil angkatan Laut), kemudian memerintahkan orang-kapal perang Indiana (BB-58) di Pasifik. Dipromosikan ke pangkat dari Belakang Laksamana di awal tahun 1944, ia adalah Komandan dari Armada Ketujuh's Amfibi Kelompok 8 dari agustus 1944 pada Maret 1945, ikut serta dalam mendarat di Morotai, Leyte, Lingayen dan di tempat lain di Filipina. Dia menghabiskan sisa tahun 1945 sebagai Asisten Chief of Naval Personil, di Washington, DC, diikuti oleh layanan sebagai Komandan kapal perang & Cruisers, Armada Atlantik. Sebagai Wakil Laksamana, dia adalah Wakil Kepala Operasi angkatan Laut, Personil, dari februari 1947 sampai januari 1950 dan, sebagai seorang Laksamana (februari 1, 1950), adalah Panglima, Atlantik dan AMERIKA serikat Atlantic Fleet pada bulan februari 1950 – agustus 1951.

Pada bulan agustus 1951, Laksamana Fechteler diangkat sebagai Kepala Operasi angkatan Laut, berhasil Admiral Forrest Sherman, yang telah meninggal di kantor di bulan juli. Sebagai CNO, Fechteler yang bertanggung jawab untuk menahan Perang korea-era naval kegiatan di Timur tengah dan di Eropa tersebut. Dia membuat dua perjalanan melintasi Atlantik di 1951-52 dan satu untuk Asia. Dia melanjutkan Angkatan laut membangun program baru induk dalam menghadapi ekonomi bergerak dan untuk memperluas membayar dan manfaat bagi Angkatan laut orang.

Ketika Presiden Dwight D. Eisenhower, di menjabat, pada tahun 1953, ia memilih untuk mengganti semua Angkatan Bersenjata' kepala. Pada bulan agustus 1953, Laksamana Fechteler bertukar posisi dengan yang baru CNO, Laksamana Robert B. Carney, menjadi Panglima, Pasukan Sekutu, Eropa Selatan. Dia bertugas di komando adalah Napoli pusat sampai juli 1956, ketika dia pensiun. Ke depan beberapa tahun, Fechteler disajikan pada acara khusus Departemen Pertahanan belajar komite pada personil kompensasi dan bekerja untuk General Electric Company.

Fechteler meninggal di Rumah Sakit Bethesda angkatan Laut di Bethesda, Maryland pada juli 4, tahun 1967, di usia 71. Dia dimakamkan di Permakaman Nasional Arlington.


USS Fechteler (DE 157)

At 03.54 hours on 5 May 1944, U-967 fired a Gnat at convoy GUS-38 about 120 miles northwest of Oran, Algeria and reported a hit on a medium-sized ship after 11 minutes 58 seconds, but this was probably an end-of-run detonation. USS Laning (DE 159) located the U-boat after the unsuccessful attack and started an attack run, but U-967 fired a Gnat at the escort ships at 04.41 hours, hitting USS Fechteler (DE 157) (Lt C.B. Gill, USN) amidships. The explosion lifted the ship out of the water and broke her in two. The most crew members abandoned ship before both parts sank. One officer and 26 ratings were lost. The commander, nine officers and 126 ratings were picked up by USS Laning and taken to Gibraltar, while 53 ratings were rescued by HMS Hengist (W 110). 26 survivors had been injured and two of them died of wounds in the days after the sinking.

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