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April 4, 1944
Lieutenant (j.g.) Osborne Beeman Wiseman was born in Zanesville, Ohio on February
20,1915, and was killed in enemy action in the Battle of Midway June 4,1942.
Lieut.Wiseman was appointed Midshipman on June 22,1934. He was commissioned Ensign on
June 2, 1938 and September 2, 1941 he was comissioned Lieutenant junior grade. On February
21, 1942 he was designated Naval Aviator. On March 14 of the year he was assigned to the
Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla. And on May 24. was assigned to a bombing squadron.
At the time of his death Lieutenant Wiseman was pilot of a plane which was lost during
the Battle of Midway. He was awarded the Navy Cross, with the following Citation.
Secretary of the Navy designated Mrs. June Bolton, former wife of
Navy hero Lieutenant Wiseman as sponsor of the ship.
Order Of Events
QUARTERS FOR MUSTER OF OFFICERS AND CREW
Reception on board of the Representative of the Commandant,
Eighth Naval District, Representatives of the Contractor and Commissioning Party.
Assembly aft of the Commissioning Party.
Involcation by the Chaplain.
Delivery of the Ship to Representative of the Commandant by the
Acceptance of Ship by the Representative of the Commandant for
Commissioning of the Ship by the Representative of the
Delivery of Ship to the Commanding Officer by the Representative
of the Commandand.
Publication of Orders by the Commanding Officer.
Setting the Watch.
Commissioning Party proceeds forward.
Pipe down from Quarters.
Reception on Board.
Authorized on February 4, 1919 and awarded to officers and enlisted personnel of the
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps who distinguish themselves by extraordinary heroism, not
justifying the award of the Medal of Honor, in military operations against an armed enemy.
Originally awarded for combat heroism and other distinguished service, it was the Navy's
third highest award. An Act of Congress on August 7, 1942 gave the Navy Cross precedence
over the Distinguished Service Medal, making it a combat decoration only, awarded for
extraordinary heroism in the presence of great danger and personal risk. It is now the
second highest decoration for U.S. Naval personnel.
USS Wiseman DE 667
Builder: Dravo, Pittsburg
Laid Down: July 26, 1943
Launched: November 6, 1943
Commissioned: April 4, 1944
In New Orleans, La.
Commissioning Ceremonies 1944
Fate: Stricken April 15, 1973
Buckley Class as constructed
Displacement: 1,432 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 37 feet
Draught: 11 feet 3 inches
Machinery: two Foster-Wheeler, Babcock & Wilcox
or Combustion Engineering boilers;
2-shaft G.E.C. turbines
Performance: 12,000 shp for 23 knots
Bunkerage: 340 tons
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 15 knots
Guns: three 3 inch; four 1.1 inch; eight 20 mm
Torpedoes: three 21 inch