Olen Brown, Jr. - Served on the Satterlee, including D-Day and in the Pacific theater

Smashing Hitler's Guns


USS Satterlee DD 626,Navy Ship World War 2 Campaign Battle Stars (officialmilitaryribbons.com)


USS Satterlee (DD-626)

The second USS Satterlee (DD-626) was laid down on 10 September 1941 by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Washington; launched on 17 July 1942; sponsored by Miss Rebecca E. Satterlee, niece of Capt. Satterlee; and commissioned on 1 July 1943, Lt. Comdr. Joseph F. Witherow, Jr., in command.

Satterlee escorted the British aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious, from the Western Seaboard to the Atlantic coast, where the new destroyer joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet on 26 August 1943. After two convoy escort voyages to Casablanca, and training out of Casco Bay Maine, she escorted the battleships Texas and Arkansas to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in April 1944.

In the first week of May 1944, Satterlee underwent training for a special mission assigned to her for the Normandy landings. She was to support a crack unit of 200 Army rangers in eliminating a German gun battery at Pointe du Hoc which commanded the Omaha landing beaches. After escorting minesweepers to the beach area on the night of 5 and 6 June, she commenced pre-arranged fire on Pointe du Hoc at 0548, 6 June.

As the rangers landed, she broke up enemy units attempting to oppose them from the top of the cliff. Although the rangers found that the battery's guns had been removed before the landings, German resistance was stiff, and Satterlee provided gunfire support for the rest of the day.

Satterlee remained off the Normandy beaches for the next forty days, and then joined the invasion force which arrived off St. Tropez, southern France, on 15 August 1944. Here she helped repel a night attack of five German motor torpedo boats, sinking one from which she rescued 12 survivors.

Satterlee returned to the east coast in October 1944 for training at Casco Bay: In January and February 1945, she escorted Quincy, with President Roosevelt embarked, on the Norfolk-Bermuda portion of his trip to and from the Yalta Conference. She next sailed for the Pacific, arriving at Pearl Harbor on 16 May 1945 for duty as a gunnery school ship.

She also provided escort for Saratoga, Hancock, and Wasp during night and day flight operations off Hawaii. On 4 July, Satterlee left Pearl Harbor and commenced air- sea rescue patrol duty between Saipan and Okinawa and performed this duty for the rest of the war and the initial months of the occupation. On 9 November, she began her trip back to the United States for inactivation.

She was decommissioned on 16 March 1946 and placed in reserve at Charleston, S.C. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 December 1970. Satterlee received two battle stars for her World War II service.

Satterlee II (DD-626: dp. 1,630, l. 348'3", b. 36'1"; dr. 17'5", s. 37.4 k., cpl. 276, a. 4 5", 4 40mm., 7 20mm., 5 21" tt., 2 dct., 6 dcp.; cl. Gleaves)


The US Navy






DD 626 

Built by:

Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 



Laid down:

10 Sep, 1941 


17 Jul, 1942 


1 Jul, 1943 

End service:

16 Mar, 1946 


Decommissioned 16 March 1946.
Stricken 1 December 1970.
Sold 8 May 1972 and broken up for scrap. 

Satterlee, DD 626, off Boston Navy Yard, 22 September 1943.

Link to the list below

DD-626 South Bickley RM2 7/17/1943-12/16/1944 rebeccalevene@yahoo.com Does anyone remember my father, South Sioux Bickley?
DD-626 Walter Bisset MM2 11/43 - 3/46 wrhb@gwi.net Like to hear from any of my old shipmates
DD-626 Olen Brown BM2 1943-1945 bbrown98@cox.net Olen's family is requesting to hear from former shipmates or their families. Olen passed away on August 23rd. 2010
DD-626 Bill Farray WTR2 7/43 to 3/46 BFARRAY@aol.com Second from last man to leae ship after decomm.
DD-626 Orin Hana   1943-1946 L.d.feeney@charter.net Orin Hana was my uncle. If anyone remembers him please email me.
DD-626 Ray Jennings SM3 1944-1946 raymar1949@msn.com Would like to hear from anyone on bridge gang
DD-626 Lee Kennerley BM2 7/43- 1944 ljkennerley@hotmail.com i would like list of crew and pictures when we commissioned the dd 626 in july 1943
DD-626 Vahram ''Karmey'' Kiramidjian SK3 1943-1945 kiramidjian_family@yahoo.com  
DD-626 Wesley Kolby   1943-1945 KDIONK@aol.com Looking for anyone who knew my father. Would love pictures.
DD-626 Blake Ledbetter     blake.ledbetter@buongiorno.com photos to share from J.E. ''Oscar'' Ledbetter my grandfather
DD-626 Ed Lipp S1 2/43-1/46 lippster24@yahoo.com Would love to hear from any former shipmates, share pictures, etc.
DD-626 Jack Little RD/M2 1`943 - 1945 JACKJESSIELITTLE@aol.com  
DD-626 Wilfred Noia   1943 to 1945 jthahn2009@yahoo.com Like to hear from any shipmates
DD-626 Paul H. Olson WT2 6/43-3/46 polson@argosyu.edu Would love to hear from any shipmates!
DD-626 Robert E. Pace RMC2 7/42 - 12/45 wmpace@vii.com Interested in any reunions that may be scheduled.
DD-626 Bernard Page BM1 1943-1944 dpage@killingly.k12.ct.us Would like to hear from any shipmates
DD-626 John W. Peterson LT 5/43 - 10/45 EricGPet@Gmail.com Contact c/o Eric Peterson Jacksonville, FL. Family scrap book has many pictures on board and of crew.
DD-626 John Siewert QM1 1943-1946 srsiewert@charter.net Plankowner - Let me hear from you all.
DD-626 Kenneth Smith FC3 4/43-4-45 sliderule@mc2k.com  
DD-626 Harold Snow MM3 1943-1946 hvdsnow@comcast.net  
DD-626 Michael Stoynoff FN1 1943-1946 renata1307@aol.com any shipmates, please e-mail.
DD-626 Bill (Thorp) Throop CTM 1943-1945 ritter@photographer.net would like to hear from anyone
DD-626 George Van Gieson SOM2 Plankower to end of war inglockwetrust@ersnet.net  



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Manila, Phillipines 1945 From Left: USS Satterlee DD626 crew

Junker, Demarco, Peterson. USS Madison crew "Frenchy" Lacerte and Bob Pittsfield QM3/c






















Pointe du Hoc, France - Site of the Satterlee support for the Normandy Invasion

Pictures from Pointe du Hoc documentary

Smashing Hitler's Guns

(Two links to YouTube presentations)