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USS Osberg (DE-538)
Career (US)
Laid down: 3 November 1943
Launched: 7 December 1943
Commissioned: 10 December 1945
Decommissioned: 1947
In service: 26 February 1951
Out of service: 25 February 1958
Struck: 1 August 1972
Fate: sold for scrapping 5 February 1974
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,350/1,745 tons
Length: 306 ft (93 m) (oa)
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draught: 13 ft 4 in (4.06 m) (max)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 knots
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 14 officers, 201 enlisted
Armament: 2-5"/38, 4 (2x2) 40mmAA, 10-20mm AA, 3-21" TT, 1 Hedgehog, 8 DCT's, 2 DC tracks

USS Osberg (DE-538) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket.

The ship was named after Ensign Carl A. Osberg, who saw action 4 June 1942 as a TBD Devastator torpedo bomber during the Battle of Midway.[1][2]

Post-war decommissioning

Osberg was decommissioned in 1947.

Reactivated during Korean War

Osberg was recommissioned for duty during the Korean War; however, Navy records do not record her activity.

Final decommissioning

Osberg was finally decommissioned 25 February 1958. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 August 1972, and, on 5 February 1974 she was sold for scrapping.

See also


  1. Picture of Torpedo Squadron Three (VT-3) with Osberg below left, before the Battle of Midway
  2. He is mentioned in Herman Wouk's novel War and Remembrance

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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