USS Dobler (DE-48)

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United States
Name: USS Dobler (DE-48)
Laid down: 1 April 1942
Launched: 24 July 1942 as BDE-48
Commissioned: 17 May 1943 as USS Dobler (DE-48)
Decommissioned: 2 October 1945
Struck: 24 October 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap on 12 July 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Evarts class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,140 (standard), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) (waterline), 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) (overall))
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draft: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) (max)
Speed: 19 kn (35 km/h)
Range: 4,150 nm
Complement: 15 officers, 183 enlisted
Armament: 3 × 3 in/50 cal Mk 22 (1x3), 4 × 1.1 in/75 cal Mk 2 quad AA (1x4), 9 × Oerlikon 20 mm Mk 4 AA cannons, 1 × Hedgehog Projector Mk 10 (144 rounds), 8 × Mk 6 depth charge projectors, 2 × Mk 9 depth charge tracks

USS Dobler (DE-48) was an Evarts class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into dangerous North Atlantic Ocean waters to protect convoys and other ships from German submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in battle areas before sailing home victorious at the end of the conflict.

She was launched on 24 July 1942 as BDE-48 by Philadelphia Navy Yard, intended for transfer to Great Britain; retained for use by the United States; and commissioned on 17 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander A. J. Smith in command.

Service history[edit]

World War II[edit]

Dobler voyaged to Port Arthur, Texas, on escort duty from 15–28 July 1943, then served as training ship. Reassigned to transatlantic convoy duty, from 27 August 1943 to 14 June 1945, Dobler made 11 voyages from Boston, Norfolk and New York to Bizerte, Tunisia; Oran, Algeria; and Palermo, Sicily. On 11 May 1944, her convoy was attacked off the North African coast by a large number of torpedo and bombing planes which she aided in driving away before they could damage the convoy.


From 18 July-10 September 1945, Dobler had training duty at New London, Connecticut. She arrived at New York on 11 September, and was decommissioned there on 2 October 1945. Dobler was sold for scrap on 12 July 1946.


Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with one service star)
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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