USS FECHTELER (DD-870)
The second Fechteler (DD-870) was launched 19 September 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co.
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
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
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
England; and Guantanamo Bay
Once more assigned to the Pacific Fleet
Fechteler sailed from Newport 14 May 1956 for Long Beach
which she reached 28 June. In 1956
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.
[Note: The above USS FECHTELER (DD-870) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FECHTELER (DD-870) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]