Allied Warships

USS Wagner (DE 539)

Destroyer Escort of the John C. Butler class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
ClassJohn C. Butler 
PennantDE 539 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down8 Nov 1943 
Launched27 Dec 1943 
Commissioned22 Nov 1955 
End service 

Named after William Daniel Wagner, born on 16 May 1924 at Cincinnati, Ohio-enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 7 February 1942 and attended the Navy Armed Guard School at Little Creek, Va. Attached to the Steel Navigator armed guard crew, Seaman 2d Class Wagner was killed in action when his ship was torpedoed on 19 October 1942.

She was suspended before completion on 17 February 1947, Designated DER 539 in 1955. Stricken on 1 Nov, 1974 and sold for scrap on 12 Sept, 1977.


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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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