USS Atherton DE 169


"I was transferred from Prices Neck, RI AATC to the Atherton just in time for
the last trip to Africa. Then we went to the Pacific. I stayed with it until we
decommissioned in Green Cove Springs FL.

For the past year I have been trying to locate crew members. Found six that
are still alive and four that are deceased as of March 2004."

Atherton Shipmates Reunite With A German POW - A must read story!
Photo 1  |  Photo 2  |  Photo 3  |  Photo 4  |  Photo 5  |  Photo 6  |  Photo 7  |  Photo 8  |  Photo 9 
Display Aboard USS Slater DE-766 Museum

Photos submitted by Preston Davis GM2/c

2006 81st Birthday for Preston

Named for Lieutenant (jg) John McDougal Atherton, b. 3 August 1918, Harrods Creek, KY; KIA 15 October 1942 aboard MEREDITH (DD-434), sunk off San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, by Japanese aircraft, with only seven officers and 56 enlisted survivors

Type: DET
Builders: FED, completed by NNY
Keel laid 01/14/43
Launched 05/27/43
Commissioned 08/29/43
First CO: Lt Cdr Paul L. Mansell, Jr.
Decommissioned 12/10/45; one battle star
To Japan as HATSUHI 06/14/55
Returned to USN 1975
Stricken 06/15/75
Sold at scrap value to The Philippines as RAJAH HUMABON 09/13/76
Scheduled to be stricken by 1996, but still in service in 2008! - see photo

Unit of CortDiv 15

From the research of Anne McCarthy,
with contributions by Pat Perrella and Pat Stephens, webmaster.

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