DE-749 General Specifications
Class: Cannon-class destroyer escort
Named for: Arthur John Roberts
Complement: 15 Officers and 201 Enlisted
Displacement: 1240 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 21 knots
Range: 10 800 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as target November 1971
USS ROBERTS (DE-749)
Roberts (DE-749) was laid down 11 February 1943 by the Western Pipe & Steel Co.
Calif.; launched 14 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Ruth Marohn; and commissioned 2 September 1944
Lt. Comdr. Robert M. Catharine
Following shakedown off southern California
Roberts sailed for Pearl Harbor on 30 November. On her arrival 10 December
she joined a hunter-killer (HUK) group operating with Corregidor (CVE-58); and
for the next 3 weeks
patrolled to the north and east of Hawaii. During January and early February 1945
her group operated to the west
primarily in the Marshalls
then returned to Pearl Harbor. From 1 to 18 March
the group searched
between Johnston Island and Kwajalein for an overdue Army Air Corps transport carrying Lt. Gen. M. F. Harmon
USA. Toward the end of the month the ships replenished at Majuro
then resumed HUK operations
this time in the Marshalls.
Detached at the end of April
Roberts proceeded to Ulithi
whence she departed 12 May for Okinawa. Screening Nehenta Bay (CVE-74) en route
she arrived at midmonth. On the 16th she joined Natoma Bay (CVE-62) and screened her until the 31st. On the 31st she escorted Gilbert Islands (CVE-107)
on 1 June
departed the Ryukyus to escort Makin Island (CVE-93) to Guam.
Roberts arrived at Guam on the 5th
steamed to Eniwetok
on the 27th
resumed HUK operations with Kasaan Bay (CVE-69). Into July the group patrolled the shipping lanes of Micronesia
toward the end of the month
shifted to the Philippine Sea.
In early August Roberts returned to Guam for repairs. On the 15th
hostilities ceased and Roberts was assigned to duty in the western Pacific.
she escorted landing craft of the 5th Fleet's amphibious force from Saipan to Nagasaki; then
screened transports from Luzon to Sasebo. On 18 October
she departed Japan for the United States.
The destroyer escort arrived at San Diego 10 November
then continued on to the Atlantic coast for preinactivation overhaul. In January 1946 she moved from Norfolk to Green Cove Springs
where she joined other ships waiting to berth with the "mothball fleet." In January 1947
she was ordered to the 5th Naval District for reserve training duty.
On 2 March Roberts arrived at Norfolk and on the 3d
she was decommissioned and placed "in service
in reserve." For the remainder of the decade she served in that capacity and conducted reserve training cruises along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean.
In June 1950
war broke out in Korea. On 13 August
Roberts was recommissioned
and 1 December she was placed in commission
active. Continuing her training duties
she expanded her operations
including fleet maneuvers on a large scale
in her cruises. In June 1952 she extended her training cruises to the Mediterranean
she participated in NATO exercises. In the summer of 1954
an extended cruise took her to South American ports
while her 2-week cruises ranged from Nova Scotia to Florida
and in the Caribbean
Until October 1961
Roberts continued her reserve training duty. Then
with the Berlin Crisis
the Selected Reserve was called to active duty and Roberts was assigned to the newly formed escort squadron CortRon 12
based at Norfolk. On 1 August 1962
after the release of her reserve crew
she returned to Reserve Destroyer Squadron 34 and resumed Naval Reserve training.
Decommissioned and placed in service once again on 1 October 1964
Roberts contined her reserve training work
limiting her cruises to weekends and 2 weeks
until she was placed out of service on 21 September 1968. Her name was struck from the Navy list 2 days later.
Roberts earned one battle star during World War II.
[Note: The above USS ROBERTS (DE-749) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROBERTS (DE-749) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]