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Compiled by Anne McCarthy

278 DE and/or APDs were awarded battle stars for WWII US Navy service, 21 for the Korean War and 4 for Vietnam.

The Navy and Marine Corp Awards Manual, Department of the Navy, NAVPERS 15,790 (REV 1953) provides the following regulations regarding battle stars.  These regulations pertained to stars awarded for WWII and the Korean War only.  The regulations were changed for Vietnam service.

Stars authorized for actual combat in operations and engagements, as authorized by the Chief of Naval Operations, will be worn on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon of the respective Area Campaign medals and will be known as engagement stars. For the purpose of this order the following definitions are applicable:

a. An "Operation" is a series of connected military actions occupying a specific area and time and may involve many clashes with the enemy.

b. An "Engagement" is an action with the enemy taking place within a restricted time and area, and of sufficient intensity and significance to justify recognition.

c. An "Area" is one of the three geographical areas, viz: American Area, European-African-Middle Eastern Area, Asiatic-Pacific Area.

The prerequisite to the wearing of a star on an area service ribbon shall be honorable service in a ship, aircraft unit or shore-based force at the time it participated in actual combat with the enemy. In instances in which the duty performed did not result in actual combat with the enemy but is considered equally hazardous, the Chief of Naval Operations may award an operation or engagement star to the units concerned. Not more that one star will be awarded for a single operation or engagement. Units supporting
an engagement or operation, but subject only to the ordinary hazards of war, do not merit an award.
(NOTE: Any ship which has been awarded a Presidential Unit Citation or Navy Unit Commendation for meritorious participation in an action or campaign for which a combat star has been authorized is entitled to that combat star.)

 

*denotes additional stars were awarded in later wars

12 Stars
RIDDLE (DE-185)

11 Stars
BANGUST (DE-739)

Ten Stars
DONALDSON (DE-44)
ENGLAND (DE-635)

Nine Stars
LAMONS (DE-743)
MITCHELL (DE-43)
SWEARER (DE-186)
WEAVER (DE-741)

Eight Stars
COFER (DE-208/APD-62)
HILBERT (DE-742)
LAWRENCE C. TAYLOR (DE-415)
REYNOLDS (DE-42)
SAMUEL S. MILES (DE-183)
WATERMAN (DE-740)

Seven Stars
CABANA (DE-260)
FROST (DE-144)
WESSON (DE-184)
WILLIAM C. MILLER (DE-259)

Six Stars
DEEDE (DE-263)
DIONNE (DE-261)
ELDEN (DE-264)
KYNE (DE-744)
LAKE (DE-301)
RICHARD M. ROWELL (DE-403)
WHITEHURST (DE-634) *
WYMAN (DE-38)

Five Stars - 23 Ships
ACREE (DE-167)
CANFIELD (DE-262)
CHATELAIN (DE-149)
CROWLEY (DE-303)
EDMONDS (DE-406) *
FAIR (DE-35)
FOREMAN (DE-633)
HUSE (DE-145)
JOBB (DE-707)
JOHN C. BUTLER (DE-339)
KEPHART (DE-207/APD-61)
LEVY (DE-162)
LYMAN (DE-302)
MANLOVE (DE-36)
NEWMAN (DE-205/APD-59)
OLIVER MITCHELL (DE-417)
PILLSBURY (DE-133)
RAYMOND (DE-341)
RICHARD S. BULL (DE-402)
RICHARD W. SUESENS (DE-342)
SEDERSTROM (DE-31)
ULVERT M. MOORE (DE-442) *
WILLIAM SEIVERLING (DE-441) *

Four Stars - 34 Ships
ABERCROMBIE (DE-343)
BOWERS (DE-637/APD-40)
BRONSTEIN (DE-189)
BURDEN R. HASTINGS (DE-19)
CHARLES J. KIMMEL (DE-584)
DAY (DE-225)
DENNIS (DE-405)
EICHENBERGER (DE-202)
EMERY (DE-28)
EUGENE E. ELMORE (DE-686)
FLAHERTY (DE-135)
FLEMING (DE-32)
FREDERICK C. DAVIS (DE-136)
GOSS (DE-444)
GRISWOLD (DE-7)
INCH (DE-146)
JAMES E. CRAIG (DE-201)
KENDALL C. CAMPBELL (DE-443)
KLINE (DE-687/APD-120)
LERAY WILSON (DE-414)
LLOYD (DE-209/APD-63)
MANNING (DE-199)
MARTIN, DE-30
McCOY REYNOLDS (DE-440) *
MELVIN R. NAWMAN (DE-416)
O'FLAHERTY (DE-340)
PARKS (DE-165)
SANDERS (DE-40)
STADTFELD (DE-29)
TABBERER (DE-418)
THOMAS (DE-102)
TISDALE (DE-33)
WALTER C. WANN (DE-412)
WILEMAN (DE-22)
WILLMARTH (DE-638)

Three Stars - 43 Ships
BARBER (DE-161/APD-57)
BARON (DE-166)
BARR (DE-576/APD-39)
BATES (DE-68/APD-47)
BLESSMAN (DE-69/APD-48)
BOSTWICK (DE-103)
BRACKETT (DE-41)
BUCKLEY (DE-51)
BULL (DE-693/APD-78)
CLOUES (DE-265)
CONKLIN (DE-439)
COOLBAUGH (DE-217)
DEMPSEY (DE-26)
FINNEGAN (DE-307)
GRADY (DE-445)
GREINER (DE-37)
HALLORAN (DE-305)
HARMON (DE-678)
HERBERT C. JONES (DE-137)
J. DOUGLAS BLACKWOOD (DE-219)
LESLIE L. B. KNOX (DE-580)
LIDDLE (DE-206/APD-60)
LOUGH (DE-586)
LOVELACE (DE-198)
LOVERING (DE-39)
McCLELLAND (DE-750)
McCONNELL (DE-163)
METIVIER (DE-582)
NEUENDORF (DE-200)
OBERRENDER (DE-344)
O'NEILL (DE-188)
OSTERHAUS (DE-164)
POPE (DE-134)
PRIDE (DE-323)
RABY (DE-698)
RALL (DE-304)
SNOWDEN (DE-246)
STANTON (DE-247)
STERN (DE-187)
STRAUS (DE-408)
THOMASON (DE-203)
WHITMAN (DE-24)
WINTLE (DE-25)

 
Two Stars - 45 Ships
AHRENS (DE-575)
ALBERT T. HARRIS (DE-447)
BUNCH (DE-694/APD-79)
CARLSON (DE-9)
CHAFFEE (DE-230)
CHARLES R. GREER (DE-23)
CHASE (DE-158/APD-54)
CONNOLLY (DE-306)
CORBESIER (DE-438)
CURRIER (DE-700) *
DANIEL A. JOY (DE-585)
DARBY (DE-218)
DIACHENKO (DE-690/APD-123) *
DUFFY (DE-27)
EDWIN A. HOWARD (DE-346)
EISELE (DE-34)
EVERSOLE (DE-404)
FESSENDEN (DE-142)
FORMOE (DE-509)
GEORGE (DE-697)
GEORGE A. JOHNSON (DE-583)
GREENWOOD (DE-679)
HAROLD C. THOMAS (DE-21)
HOLT (DE-706)
HORACE A. BASS (DE-691/APD-124) *
HUBBARD (DE-211/APD-53)
JACK MILLER (DE-410)
JENKS (DE-665)
LAPRADE (DE-409)
LEHARDY (DE-20)
LOESER (DE-680)
McNULTY (DE-581)
MENGES (DE-320)
MOSLEY (DE-321)
RILEY (DE-579)
RUDDEROW (DE-224)
SEID (DE-256)
SILVERSTEIN (DE-534) *
SPANGLER (DE-696)
STAFFORD (DE-411)
STEELE (DE-8)
TATUM (DE-789/APD-81)
TINSMAN (DE-589)
VARIAN (DE-798)
WITTER (DE-636)

One Star - 107 Ships
AMESBURY (DE-66/APD-46)
ATHERTON (DE-169)
BAKER (DE-190)
BORUM (DE-790)
BREEMAN (DE-104)
BRIGHT (DE-747)
BROCK (DE-234/APD-93)
BURKE (DE-215/APD-65)
CARTER (DE-112)
CHARLES E. BRANNON (DE-446)
CHARLES LAWRENCE (DE-53/APD-37)
COFFMAN (DE-191)
CROSLEY (DE-226/APD-87)
CROSS (DE-448)
CROUTER (DE-11)
DAMON M. CUMMINGS (DE-643)
DANIEL T. GRIFFIN (DE-54/APD-38)
DECKER (DE-47)
DOBLER (DE-48)
DOYLE C. BARNES (DE-353)
ENRIGHT (DE-216/APD-66)
EVARTS (DE-5)
FALGOUT (DE-324)
FARQUHAR (DE-139)
FECHTELER (DE-157)
FIEBERLING (DE-640)
FISKE (DE-143)
FORSTER (DE-334)
FOWLER (DE-222)
FRAMENT (DE-677/APD-77)
FRANCIS M. ROBINSON (DE-220)
GANDY (DE-764)
GILLIGAN (DE-508)
GILMORE (DE-18)
GOSSELIN (DE-710/APD-126)
GUSTAFSON (DE-182)
HAINES (DE-792/APD-84)
HAVERFIELD (DE-393)
HISSEM (DE-400)
HODGES (DE-231)
HOLDER (DE-401)
HOLLIS (DE-794/APD-86)
HOPPING (DE-155/APD-51)
JACCARD (DE-355)
JACK C. ROBINSON (DE-671/APD-72)
JANSSEN (DE-396)
JESSE RUTHERFORD (DE-347)
JOSEPH E. CAMPBELL (DE-70/APD-49)
JOSEPH E. CONNOLLY (DE-450)
JOYCE (DE-317)
KEITH (DE-241)
KEY (DE-348)
KINZER (DE-232/APD-91)
KNUDSON (DE-591/APD-101)
LANING (DE-159/APD-55)
LELAND E. THOMAS (DE-420)
LOY (DE-160/APD-56)
MALOY (DE-791)
MARSH (DE-699) *
MILLS (DE-383)
NEAL A. SCOTT (DE-769)
NEUNZER (DE-150)
NEWELL (DE-322)
OSMUS (DE-701)
OTTER (DE-210)
PAUL G. BAKER (DE-642)
PAVLIC (DE-669/APD-70)
PEIFFER (DE-588)
PETERSON (DE-152)
PRICE (DE-332)
RAMSDEN (DE-382)
RAYMON W. HERNDON (DE-688/APD-121)
REDNOUR (DE-592/APD-102)
REEVES (DE-156/APD-52)
REGISTER (DE-233/APD-92)
RHODES (DE-384)
RICH (DE-695)
RINGNESS (DE-590/APD-100)
ROBERT BRAZIER (DE-345)
ROBERT I. PAINE (DE-578)
ROBERTS (DE-749)
RUNELS (DE-793/APD-85)
SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE-413)
SAVAGE (DE-386) *
SCHMITT (DE-676/APD-76)
SCRIBNER (DE-689/APD-122)
SELLSTROM (DE-255)
SHELTON (DE-407)
SIMS (DE-154/APD-50)
SLOAT (DE-644)
SMARTT (DE-257)
SNYDER (DE-745)
STOCKDALE (DE-399)
STRICKLAND (DE-333)
SWASEY (DE-248)
THADDEUS PARKER (DE-369)
THOMAS F. NICKEL (DE-587)
TOLLBERG (DE-593/APD-103)
TOMICH (DE-242)
VAMMEN (DE-644) *
WALTER S. BROWN (DE-258)
WANTUCK (DE-692/APD-125) *
WEBER (DE-675/APD-75)
WILHOITE (DE-397) *
WILLIAM C. COLE (DE-641)
WILLIS (DE-395)
WYFFELS (DE-6)
YOKES (DE-668/APD-69)

Six Stars
DIACHENKO (DE-690/APD-123) (total of eight)
HORACE A. BASS (DE-691/APD-124) (total of eight)
WISEMAN (DE-667)

Five Stars
BEGOR (DE-711/APD127)
HANNA (DE- 449)
WANTUCK (DE-692/APD125) (total of six)
WILLIAM SEIVERLING (DE-441) (total of ten)

Four Stars
MARSH (DE-699) (total of five)

Three Stars
DOUGLAS A. MUNRO (DE-422)
McGINTY (DE-365)
NAIFEH (DE-352)
SILVERSTEIN (DE-534) (total of five)
ULVERT M. MOORE (DE-442) (total of eight)
WEISS (DE-719/APD135)
WHITEHURST (DE-634) (total of nine)

Two Stars
EDMONDS (DE-406) (total of seven)
WALTON (DE-361)

One Star
CURRIER (DE-700) (total of three)
FOSS (DE-59)
McCOY REYNOLDS (DE-440) (total of five)
VAMMEN (DE-644) (total of two)

Seven Stars
VANCE (DE-387) for Vietnam
WEISS (DE-719 APD135) (total of ten)
Six Stars
SAVAGE (DE-386) (total of seven)
WILHOITE (DE-397) (total of seven)

 

 
 

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