The following DEs were destroyed or damaged beyond
repair and were removed from US Navy service, thus "Lost". DEs that were damaged
but returned to service are not listed here.
Various resources offer conflicting data as to the number of men lost on DEs 136 and 682. The numbers presented here are based upon the
comparison of resources and additonal information provided by Pat Perrella, USS Slater volunteer.
October 22, 2002 - Pat Perrella provided the following information:
The figures I was able to substantiate while working with the F. C. DAVIS survivors, including
Dr. Lundeberg, are : Total crew 192 - Total listed as dead or missing 115 (including the CO, XO
and 9 other officers) 77 survivors including 3 officers.
Don Kruse, an UNDERHILL survivor is one of our USS Slater volunteers and he stands firmly behind the figure of 112 KIA during the 24 July 1945 sinking.
See the Roll of Honor for the names of DE sailors lost in service aboard ship
DE Name - Hull
Cause of Loss
|USS Leopold DE 319
||German Submarine Attack by U-255 south
of Iceland. 170 men lost.
||9 Mar 1944
|USS Holder DE 401
||German Air Attack off Algiers, Algeria.
17 men lost.
||11 Apr 1944
|USS Donnell DE 56 (1) - Photo
||Torpedoed by U-473 North of Iceland. 29 men lost
||3 May 1944
|USS Fechteler DE 157 - Photo
||German Submarine Attack by U-967
northeast of Oran, Algeria. 29 men lost.
||5 May 1944
|USS Rich DE 695 - Photo
||Sunk by a Mine off Normandy, France. 90
||8 Jun 1944
|USS Fiske DE 143 - Photos
||German Submarine Attack by U-804 north
of Azores. 33 men lost.
||2 Aug 1944
|USS Shelton DE 407
||Japanese Submarine Attack by RO-41 off
Morotai Island. Capsized while under tow. 13 men lost.
||3 Oct 1944
|USS Samuel B. Roberts
DE 413 - Photo
|Surface Action by Japanese warships
during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off Samar, Philippine Islands. 94 men lost.
||25 Oct 1944
|USS Eversole DE 404 - Photo
||Japanese Submarine Attack by I-45 east
of Leyte, Philippine Islands. 80 men lost.
||28 Oct 1944
|USS Frederick C. Davis
DE 136 - Photo
|German Submarine Attack by U-546 in the
North Atlantic. 115 men lost.
||24 Apr 1945
|USS Oberrender DE 344 - Photo
||Kamikaze Air Attack off Okinawa, Ryukyu
Islands. 9 men lost.
||9 May 1945
|USS England DE 635 - Photo
||Seriously damaged by one Kamikaze aircraft, off Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, and not repaired after the end of the war. 37 men lost.
||9 May 1945
|USS Bates DE 68/APD 47
||Severely damaged by 2 Kamikaze planes
northwest of Okinawa. 21 men lost
||25 May 1945
|USS Underhill DE 682 - Photo
||Japanese human Torpedo northeast of
Luzon, Philippine Islands. 112 men lost.
||24 July 1945
|USS Roche DE 197
||Struck a mine while escorting AP-70. 3
||29 Sept 1945
|USS Solar DE 221 - Photos
||Severely damaged in series of explosion while unloading amunition at NAD Earle, NJ. 7 men lost.
||30 April 1946
former credit for the torpedo attack was given to U-765.
USS Donnell was returned to USN service, but as IX-182
Blair, Clay (1998). Hitler's U-Boat War, The Hunted 1942-1945.
Random House, NY
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Naval History Division, Department of the
Andrews, Lewis M., Jr. (1999) Tempest, Fire & Foe, Destroyer
Escorts in World War II and The Men Who Manned Them. Narwhal Press, Charleston,
Philip K. Lundeberg, Phd. is Curator Emeritus of Naval History at the Smithsonian Instutition. He received his
doctorate from Harvard and joined the Institution after teaching at St. Olaf and the US Naval Academy. He first probed "Operation Teardrop" events in May 1945 interviewing fellow survivors of
FREDERICK C. DAVIS DE-136 prior to preparation of numerous condolence letters and its final action report.
US Navy official reports