USS Thomas F. Nickel
DE 587 (Rudderow Class)

 Mike P. Weinrich
Builder:         Bethlehem Hingham, 
                 Hingham MA
Laid Down:       December 15, 1943
Launched:        January 22, 1944
Commissioned:    June 9, 1944
Decommissioned:  May 31, 1946
Recommissioned:  September 22, 1950
Decommissioned:  February 22, 1958
Fate:            Sold 9/6/73 and broken up

We are seeking information on the USS Thomas F. Nickel and her crews. Files and photos may be emailed to us and we will incorporate them into this page. When enough information has been assembled we will then build the ship her own section.

The E-mail:


Dear Sir,

I was just going through some of my fathers papers he had in an envelope that he gave me when he became sick. My father, WILLIAM BRUFF WANSLEBEN, served on the USS Nickel and the USS Ormsby. His date of entry into active service was 9/29/42 and he was discharged on 7/24/59. His title: "radioman, first class usnr-s1". The remarks listed are: Point system, Good conduct, American area, Victory medal, Asiatic-Pacific.

I just went on to Google and keyed in the USS Nickel and Ormsby and your website just followed.

Thank you for letting me add my father you your great history website.


Phyllis M. Wansleben

Subject: USS THOMAS F. NICKEL - Philip A. Weinrich
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001
From: Mike Weinrich

Hi Mark

I visit this site all the time I think it is a great site. I'm sending you a couple of pictures my dad served on the Nickel during WWII in the Philippines I don't know what his rank was of hand but I do know he was a radio operator. I'm not sure how long he served on her but I think till the war ended. Plus I have a couple more pictures one of the USS Johnson and the USS grady.

I wish my dad was still alive so I could show him this site he died in 1997, He had a lot of great stories and there is probably more picture in his photo albums that my mom has. Anyway I thought you might like to post these pictures.

Thanks Sincerely,

Mike P. Weinrich

Subject: USS THOMAS F. NICKEL - Philip A. Weinrich
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004
From: David Weinrich

Hi Mark,

Here are a few photos of our Dad on the USS Nickel. I don't know if you can post these on the web site. But thought you might like to see them. I did not find any photos of other ships that my brother has not already sent you. But anyway hope you can use these somewhere. One photo is the Radio Gang on Solomon Island.

I have been doing some searching for other sites that have some of the crew members. But no luck so far, So if you have any info on any of the crew members I would appreciate the info on them.


Dave Weinrich

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