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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Romeo - Kilo - Tango

Tactical Voice Radio Call: "CROCODILE"

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
Displacement 7,400 Tons, Dimensions, 533' (oa) x 53' 6" x 25' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 Terrier 2x2, (80 Missiles) 4 x 3"/50, ASROC (8 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 377.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 09 JAN 1961 by New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, NJ
Launched 06 APR 1963
Commissioned 13 JUN 1964
Reclassified CG 20 on 30 JUN 1975
Decommissioned 13 APR 1995
Stricken 13 APR 1995
Fate Sunk as target 09 AUG 1998 near Puerto Rico.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (3) - Armed Forces Service Medal
Fifth Row - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (?) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Sixth Row - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

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Richmond K Turner

ADM (RADM in this photo) Richmond Kelly Turner (ship's namesake) on the bridge of USS Rocky Mount AGC 3 en route to Kwajalein, January 1944.

National Archives photo #80-G-227738.

Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 04012008 471k Commissioning booklet, 13 June 1964. Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 84k Undated, Port view. USN
Richmond K Turner 108k Undated, Starboard view. USN
Richmond K Turner 160k

Undated port bow view.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.

Newport, Rhode Island Navy Base, Pier 3, in August 1973. USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG 20) is in the foreground, USS Chepanoc (YTM 381) and USS Sassaba (YTM 364) against her starboard side. The decommissioned USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr (DD 850) is astern of her, being prepared for exhibition at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. Across the pier from the Richmond K. Turner is the USS Luce (DLG 7) and forward of her, the USS Milwaukee (AOR 2).

Navy Photo CTR--K-101613.

Ed Zajkowski
Richmond K Turner
1.4k USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG 20) at the time, later reclassified as CG 20) while she was at anchor in Subic Bay, Philippines in June of 1970. CAPT Rex Settlemoir USN (Ret)
Richmond K Turner

Starboard side view, underway off Cape Henry, Virginia 13 May 1975. Photo taken by PH2 Friedman.

US Navy Photo #K-107527

Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 67k In the North Atlantic, refueling from the USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6), October 1975. Richard Leonhardt
Richmond K Turner 67k Med-moored in Barcelona, Spain, on July 11, 1979, alongside the Farragut-class guided missile destroyer USS King (DDG 41). Though they looked quite different, both were built as guided missile "frigates" (DLG) -- the Leahy class being, in fact, the immediate successors to the Farragut class. On 30 June 1975, the Leahy class were reclassified as "cruisers", while the Farragut class became "destroyers". Note Richmond K. Turner was fitted with Harpoon launchers aft, replacing 3"/50 twin gun mounts. Fabio Pe?a
Richmond K Turner 79k The forward superstructure had an impressive appearance. This photo (taken in Barcelona, Spain, on 29 November 1980) shows the ASROC launcher, the forward pair of SPG-55B missile guidance radars (one of them partially hidden by a SATCOM antenna), the SPS-48 3D radar, and a set of ESM/ECM antennas, some of them covered under radomes, some uncovered, and some cantilevered out from the ship's structure. Fabio Pe?a
Richmond K Turner 76k This view (29 November 1980) shows the aft missile launcher and missile guidance radars. Note the TACAN and 2D air search radar on the after "mack", and a quad Harpoon canister in place of a twin 3"/50 gun mount. Phalanx had not yet been installed. Fabio Pe?a
Richmond K Turner
36k Starboard bow view while underway on 27 September 1981, location unknown. Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Plate, Douglas Caulfield, CAPT 1942 VADM 06/19/1964 - 08/14/1965
McLane III, Alpine William, CAPT     08/14/1965 - 05/1967
Smith, Floyd Earnest, CAPT     05/1967 - 12/1968
Worley, Carson Robert, CAPT     12/1968 - 08/1970
Haynes, Kenneth George, CAPT 1947 RADM 08/1970 - 05/05/1971
Capone Jr., Lucien, CAPT 1949 RADM 05/25/1972 - 03/16/1974
Lyons Jr., James Aloysius (Ace), CAPT   ADM 03/16/1974 - 06/06/1975
Sullivan, William Wesley, CAPT 1953   06/06/1975 - 08/1977
Simon, Roger Oscar, CAPT   RADM 08/1977 - 01/1980
Gneckow, Gerald Eugene (Jerry), CAPT   RADM 01/11/1980 - 01/19/1983
Robinson, David Brooks, CAPT 1963 VADM 01/19/1983 - 07/16/1984
Morrison, Vance H., CAPT     07/16/1984 - 02/26/1986
Luke, John Davidson, CAPT     02/26/1986 - 03/25/1988
Lassiter, Ronald Lawrence, CAPT 1966   03/25/1988 - 05/31/1990
Burke, James L., CAPT     05/31/1990 - 06/12/1992
Allin, John W., CAPT     06/12/1992 - 04/13/1995

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo & RADM Gneckow)

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Eric Miller
Address: 8753 Edelweiss Rd, New Tripoli, PA  18066
Phone: 610-442-0709
Date: 31 October - 3 November 2019
Location: San Antonio, TX

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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