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USS ROBERTS (DE-749) - a Cannon-class destroyer escort

In Commission 1944 to 1968

DE-749 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1943 - Keel Date: 7 JUL 1943
at Western Pipe and Steel Company Los Angeles CA
NOV 1943 - Launch Date: 14 NOV 1943
SEP 1944 - Commissioned: 2 SEP 1944
DEC 1944 - JAN 1945 Joined HUK Patrolled North East of Hawaii
JAN 1945 - FEB 1945 Operated primarily in Marshalls
MAY 1945 - AUG 1945 Okinawa Guam Phillipine Sea and Western Pacific
SEP 1945 - OCT 1945 Saipan to Nagasaki and Luzon to Sasebo -18 Oct. departed Japan
NOV 1945 - JAN 1946 Arrived San Diego continued to Atlantic Coast for Mothball Fleet
JAN 1947 - MAR 1947 Ordered to 5th Naval District for Reserve Training
JUN 1950 - JUN 1952 Extended Training cruises to Mediterranean
JAN 1953 - MAR 1953 Participated in Nato exercises
MAY 1953 - MAY 1953 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1954 - JAN 1954 UNITAS
JUN 1954 - JUL 1954 Caribbean
JUL 1954 - SEP 1968 2 Week Training Cruises from Nova Scotia to the Carribean
MAR 1961 - MAY 1961 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1961 - AUG 1962 Active Duty/Escort Squadron CortRon 12 based at Norfolk Va.
AUG 1962 - OCT 1964 Returned to Reserve Destroyer Squadron 34 for reserve training
OCT 1964 - SEP 1968 Decommissioned and continued reserve training
SEP 1968 - Decommissioned: 21 SEP 1968

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


Roberts (DE-749) was laid down 11 February 1943 by the Western Pipe & Steel Co. San Pedro Calif.; launched 14 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Ruth Marohn; and commissioned 2 September 1944 Lt. Comdr. Robert M. Catharine Jr. USNR in command.

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 unsuccessfully 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) then on 1 June departed the Ryukyus to escort Makin Island (CVE-93) to Guam.

Roberts arrived at Guam on the 5th steamed to Eniwetok and on the 27th resumed HUK operations with Kasaan Bay (CVE-69). Into July the group patrolled the shipping lanes of Micronesia then 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.

During September she escorted landing craft of the 5th Fleet's amphibious force from Saipan to Nagasaki; then in October 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 Fla. where she joined other ships waiting to berth with the "mothball fleet." In January 1947 however 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 in reserve 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 and in 1953 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]