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Some of the Destroyer Escorts built in the last part of World War II were commissioned
and placed into service for two or three years. Then because they were no longer needed
they were decommissioned, and then either sold or lease to other countries, used for
target practice and sunk or sold and scrapped.
USS McNulty DE 581 Used as Target and Sunk.
Some of the Destroyer Escorts remained in service. Others like the USS Wiseman were
decommissioned and placed in the Reserve Fleet (Mothballs). The Wiseman like some of the
other Destroyer Escorts was taken out of mothballs, recommissioned, and placed back into
service to serve in Korea and Vietnam.
The Wiseman served about 15 years of her Navy Career in service on active duty. She
made three trips across the Atlantic and seven across the Pacific.
She was used for escort service, coast line bombardment, as a Power Supply Ship, Sonar
Training, and over seas Station Ship. Off and on for thirty years she sailed in smooth and
rough seas. She sailed many miles though fierce thypoons, hammered by high winds and
mountain like waves.
In 1973 the US Navy had very little use for the World War II Destroyer Escorts, they
had out lived their usefulness. Again they were used for target practice and sunk to the
bottom of the sea .
Others like the USS Wiseman were sold and scrapped, a sad ending for a ship that had
served in three war's.
Many of her crew will always remember her, but like the 667 they too will fade into
history. Hopefully diarys, book, pictures, and CDs will help keep her history and the
memory of the men who served aboard her alive.
Here is the bad news, William Mossbarger sent an open records
request to the Department of the Navy on the final outcome of the Wiseman. Per his letter
from the Department of the Navy "The USS Wiseman (DE-667) was sold for $65,000.00 to
Levin Metals Corporation, N. Street, San Jose, CA. It was removed on May 22, 1974, and the
final disposition was "scrap sale"."
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news
The Etiology of "TAPS"
It all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert
Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was
on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain
Ellicombe heard the moan of a soldier who lay mortally wounded on the field. Not
knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and
bring the stricken man back for medical attention.
Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the fallen soldier and
began pulling him towards his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines,
he discovered it was actually a
Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern. Suddenly,
he caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the
soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been
studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, he
enlisted in theConfederate Army.
The following morning, heart-broken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give
his son a full military burial despite his enemy status. His request was partially
granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a
funeral dirge for the son at the funeral.
That request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. Out of respect
for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a
bugler. He asked the bugler to play a
series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of his dead son's
uniform. This wish was granted. This music was the haunting melody we now know as
"Taps" used at all military funerals.
Jim Blessitt Frank Frazitta
Rich Lewis Henry Fuqua
Bob Crane Julian Munoz
Roberts D. Tavernese