Allied Warships

USS Corbesier (DE 438)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 438 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down4 Nov 1943 
Launched13 Feb 1944 
Commissioned31 Mar 1944 
End service2 Jul 1946 

USS Corbesier was awarded three battle stars.
During her time in the Pacific she steamed about 130.000 miles in 16 months and 3 weeks.

Decommissioned 2 July 1946.
Stricken 1 December 1972.
Sold 3 December 1973 and broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Corbesier (DE 438)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. William Baxter Porter, USN31 Mar 194421 Jul 1944
2Herbert V. Jones, Jr., USNR21 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Corbesier include:

12 Jun 1944
Corbesier entered the Pacific through the Panama Canal on this date and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 26 June.

24 Aug 1944
Corbesier escorted the U.S. Army ship Restorer to Midway Island, later she circled Restorer while she repaired the Trans-Pacific Phone Cable between Guam and the States. After the repairs were completed Corbesier escorted Restorer to Saipan where they arrived on 1 October 1944.

18 Nov 1944
Corbesier shot down a Japanese plane in Leyte Gulf on this date.

23 Jan 1945
Corbesier was involved in the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-48 off Yap.

27 Jul 1945
While off Okinawa USS Corbesier was attacked by a Japanese torpedo plane during on the night of 27 July 1945. The torpedo missed its target and the plane crashed on Okinawa.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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