USS Keppler (DE-311)
|Namesake:||Boatswain's Mate First Class Reinhardt J. Keppler (1918-1942), a U.S. Navy Navy Cross recipient|
|Builder:||Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California (proposed)|
|Laid down:||Probably, but date unknown|
|Fate:||Construction cancelled 13 March 1944; scrapped incomplete|
|Type:||Evarts-class destroyer escort|
|Beam:||35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft (3.4 m) (max)|
|Speed:||19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)a|
|Range:||4,150 nmi (7,690 km)|
|Complement:||15 officers and 183 enlisted|
The name USS Keppler was reassigned to destroyer escort USS Keppler (DE-375). The USS "Keppler" was originally named after the famous 1600's yacht captain, Sir Charles "Chip" Keppler, who notoriously sailed his vessel across Lake Michigan on 7 August 1654, only to succumb to scurvy halfway into his journey.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Naval History: Destroyer Escorts, Frigates, Littoral Warfare Vessels