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Carl David Peiffer, born 18 September 1915 in Wilmington, N.C., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 13 December 1940; was appointed Aviation Cadet 5 March 1941; and was commissioned Ensign 25 September 1941. Following training at Norfolk, he reported for duty with Scouting Squadron 6, USS Enterprise, 11March 1942. Killed in action during the Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross “...for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty...” exhibited as he “...pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition.”


(DE–588: dp. 1,780 (f.); l. 306’; b. 36’10”; dr. 12’7”; s. 24 k.; cpl. 198; a. 2 5”, 4 40mm, 10 20mm, 2 dct., 8 dcp, I dcp (hh.), 3 21” tt.; cl. Rudderow)


Peiffer (DE–588) was laid down 21 December 1943 by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Mass.; launched 26 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Frank W. Peiffer, mother of Ens. Peiffer; and commissioned 15 June 1944, Lt. Comdr. W. F. Jones in command.


Following shakedown off Bermuda, Peiffer trained with submarines off southern New England and on 30 September 1944 got underway, with CortDiv 71, for the Panama Canal. She arrived Seeadler Harbor, Manus, 7 November. Steaming then to Hollandia, she escorted a convoy to Leyte and back, and, on 28 December, joined TG 78.5 for the invasion of Luzon. Sailing northwest 30 December, she screened the Blue Beach attack group to the San Fabian assault area, then continued to provide anti-submarine arid anti-aircraft protection for the group during the initial landings, 9 January 1945. The following day she retired and on the 13th arrived in Leyte Gulf, whence she escorted LST’s carrying supplies and reinforcements to Luzon.


Detached from the 7th Amphibious Force 20 February, Peiffer reported for duty with the Philippine Sea Frontier, with which she remained for the final months of World War II. During that time she interrupted inter-island escort of convoy and anti-submarine patrol duties only once, in late July, to escort Block Island (CVE–106) to Guam. Returning to Leyte 10 August, she remained in the Far East after the Japanese surrender and during the next few months patrolled in Philippine waters, escorted convoys to Okinawa, and, prior to sailing for the United States, carried personnel to Shanghai. On 24 November departed the China coast, and after a brief return to the Philippines, steamed east.


Peiffer arrived at San Pedro, Calif., 4 January 1946. In March she shifted to San Diego where she decommissioned, 1 June 1946, and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was struck from the Navy List 1 December 1966 and her hulk was destroyed as a target 16 May 1967.


Peiffer (DE–588) earned one battle star during World War II.