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|64k||Bethel Veech Otter was born 12 September 1914 at Louisville, Ky. He reported to the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., as a midshipman from Kentucky, 12 June 1933. He received his commission as an Ensign 3 June 1937 and served in connection with the fitting out of Yorktown and at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., before reporting to Canopus, a submarine tender, 6 February 1940. He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) 3 June 1940 and to Lieutenant 2 January 1942. He received the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action and distinguished service as Fire Control Officer of Canopus during an attack by Japanese heavy bombers, Mariveles Harbor, Bataan, Philippine Islands, 5 January 1942. He was killed in action on Corregidor, 6 May 1942. His Navy citation reads: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Bethel V. Otter, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession, in action against enemy Japanese forces on 5 and 6 May 1942, at Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Otter's conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States". He also was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
USS Otter (DE 210) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1937.)
|145k||28 May 1944||John Klar|
|169k||July 1944||Ed Zajkowski|
|Otter's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 21 Feb. 1944 - 10 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. Donald M. Kerr (comm.)|
|2.) 10 Oct. 1944 - 26 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. James McCabe Irvine|
|3.) 26 Nov. 1945 - 11 Jan. 1946||Lcdr. William Alva McMahan|
|4.) 11 Jan. 1946 - 24 Apr. 1946||Lcdr. Harry Ellsworth Davey, Jr.|
|5.) 24 Apr. 1946 - 29 Jul. 1946||Lt. John R. Berning|
|6.) 29 Jul. 1946 - 07 Oct. 1946||Lt. Raymond Edward Bock|
|7.) 07 Oct. 1946 - 14 Oct. 1946||Lt.(jg) J.W. Dillion|
|8.) 14 Oct. 1946 - 27 Nov. 1946||Lt.(jg) Thomas F. Erwin|
|9.) 27 Nov. 1946 - 05 May 1947||Lcdr. Oscar Jerome Beavers (decomm.)|
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