USS Atherton DE 169

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
USSAthertonDE169@aol.com


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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