Service: Gustafson escorted coastal convoys from New York to Galveston before being assign to the 4th Fleet covering the South Atlantic from Recife, Brazil. She served in a hunter-killer group with escort carrier USS Solomons in mid-1944, making an unsuccessful hedgehog attack on what was probably German submarine U-195 on 23 Apr. Group aircraft sank U-860 on 15 Jun 1944. On 22 Nov while escorting a transport in the Atlantic Narrows she was in collision with cruiser USS Omaha which required repairs and overhaul in New York until Jan 1945. She participated in a search for a German U-boat NE of Cape Cod and on 7 Apr 1945 attacked a target which produced in a large oil slick. Postwar she was credited with sinking U-857 which disappeared about this time and in this vicinity. In Jul she was transferred to the Pacific and was on her way to Hawaii when the war ended. One battle star.
Decommissioned in 1946, whe was reactivated in Oct 1950 for transfer to the Netherlands Navy as HNLMS Van Ewijk, where she served until 1967. Returned to U.S. and scrapped in 1968.
My father, Lt.(j.g.) Leon Otis Wiringa, served as gunnery officer on USS Gustafson during the first year of her commission.