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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Easter Sunrise Service

DE's rescuing U546 survivors

April is the cruelest month
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain

--The Wasteland
, T.S. Eliot

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly

even when scared half to death

--Omar Bradley


April was a cruel month for a U.S. Destroyer and two German U boats in 1944 and '45.

Somewhere in the North Atlantic on April 24, 1945, 900 miles from St. Johns, Newfoundland, the Destroyer Escort USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) was sunk by a German torpedo fired by the U 546. 105 men were lost.

The sub was subsequently sunk by the killer team composed of the destroyer escorts USS Pillsbury (DE 133), USS Flaherty (DE 135) and the USS Chatelain (DE 149), Hubbard (De 211), USS Kieth (DE241), USS Neunzer (DE 150), USS Janssen (DE 396) and the USS Varian (DE 798). This was to be the last U boat sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic, and it occurred on April 24, 1945.

The Davis lost 105 men, and the survivors were brought aboard the Chatelain, as were a number of the German U boat crew. 33 Germans were captured.

The Chatelain was ordered to the scene of the attack at 1346. At 1637 the Chatelain returned to the line. 1838 the U boat surfaced.

My father was a crew member of the USS Chatelain.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandfather, William Glass, a MoMM2C was on board when the USS Frederick Davis went down. While he was not rescued I applaud those men that responded and rescued the men that they could.
What an amazing generation of men!

Your fathers service to our country is appreciated!

Marc Tepe

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 3:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

i know this event was a lifetime ago, but i still send my condolences.
my Dad turned 90 last week , and he was so lucky to live so long.
thanks for writing.
do you belong to the 22.3 TF Assoc?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 7:05:00 PM GMT-5  

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