Charles Joseph Berry was born 10 July 1923 in Lorain, Ohio, and enlisted in the Marine Corps 1 October 1941. Corporal Berry was killed in action at Iwo Jima 3 March 1945, when he saved his comrades from an exploding hand grenade by throwing himself upon it. This unhesitating and selfless sacrifice of his life led to the pothumous award of the Medal of Honor.
Charles Berry (DE-1035) was launched 17 March 1959 by Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Avondale, La., under subcontract from American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio; sponsored by Mrs. C. Berry; and commissioned 25 November 1959, Lieutenant Commander R. C. Robinson in command.
Charles Berry arrived at San Diego, her home port, 3 February 1960, and after shakedown training and overhaul, cleared on 14 June for a tour of duty in the Far East which took her to United Nations trust territories in the charge of the United States, as well as on a good will cruise to Philippine ports. She returned to the west coast late in 1960.