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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Hotel - Sierra

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
Displacement 8,957 Tons, Dimensions, 547' (oa) x 54' 10" x 29' (Max)
Armament 1 Terrier/ASROC (60 Missiles) 1 x 5"/54RF, 2 x 3"/50, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 400.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 29 JUL 1963 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
Launched 19 DEC 1964
Commissioned 09 JUL 1966
Reclassified CG 32 on 30 JUN 1975
Decommissioned 11 FEB 1994
Stricken 11 FEB 1994
Fate Sunk as target on 23 June 2005 at 24° 46' 50"S 155° 48' 26"E

Patch image contributed by Tom Gamstetter

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8)
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation - Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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William H. Standley
34k William H. Standley, of Ukiah, California, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1895 and earned a commendation for bravery during the Philippine American War. His career included extensive sea duty, sea commands, and tours ashore, including Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy; head of the War Plans Division; and, in 1928, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations. Standley eventually attained the post of Commander Battle Force, U.S. Fleet. As Chief of Naval Operations, he frequently performed duties for the ailing Secretary of the Navy. Admiral Standley drafted the Vinson-Trammell Act by which Congress provided the funds for building the Navy to full strength allowed by the Washington and London arms limitation treaties. He advocated a regular ship construction schedule to maintain pace with emerging technologies and sponsored establishment of the Fleet Marine Force. Having retired in 1937, Standley was recalled to active duty in 1941 to serve on the Board of the Office of Production Management. He also served on the Roberts Commission to investigate the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was Ambassador to the USSR in 1942-1943. Bill Gonyo
William H. Standley
123k Ships Crest Tommy Trampp
William H. Standley 30k Small, Starboard quarter. USN
William H. Standley 80k Port quarter. USN
William H. Standley 146k Starboard view at anchor, showing details of this class. USN
William H. Standley 96k Underway in the Med during 1967-1968. YNCS K. Dupree, USN (Ret.)
William H. Standley
178k USS Pawcatuck (AO 108) moored pierside inboard of USS William H. Standley (DLG 32), circa 1970. location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret
William H. Standley
30k View from Soviet ship Provorny (Kashin class DDG) while in the Med, North of Annaba, Algeria on 5 September 1972. Eugene Ivkin
William H. Standley
123k View from Soviet ship Provorny (Kashin class DDG) while in the Med, North of Annaba, Algeria on 5 September 1972. Eugene Ivkin
William H. Standley
83k View from Soviet ship Provorny (Kashin class DDG) while in the Med, North of Annaba, Algeria on 5 September 1972. Eugene Ivkin
William H. Standley
107k View from Soviet ship Provorny (Kashin class DDG) while in the Med, North of Annaba, Algeria on 5 September 1972. Eugene Ivkin
William H. Standley
100k Entering Genoa, Italy, 29 August 1974. Carlo Martinelli
William H. Standley

Portside view while underway in in the Mediterranean, February 1976.

US Navy Photo #USN-1166371

Robert M. Cieri
William H. Standley
761k Aerial view of the USS William H. Standley (CG 32) and USS Independence (CV 62) performing underway replenishment from USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98) while in the Med, late 1976. Jeff Padell
William H. Standley

Port bow aerial about 5 miles SW of Point Loma while returning to home port San Diego CA circa February 1985. (Caption updated by David Armstrong)

U.S. Navy photo #DNSC0409589

Robert Hurst
William H. Standley

USS William H. Standley (CG 32) in March 1993 supporting peace keeping forces in Somalia in Operation Solace. The ship is in company with the HMAS Tobruck and HMCS Preserver.

Australian War Memorial, Photo #P01914.022

Mike Green
William H. Standley 804k Aboard USS Kitty Hawk, At sea (23 June 2006) - Aircrew from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 14 practice operating a Browning .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise on the ex-USS Standley (CG 32). The Browning is used as a point defense weapon against possible small boat and aircraft attacks. Kitty Hawk, the first of the modern "super carriers," is currently operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia's Queensland region as part of Exercise Talisman Saber 2006. A combined U.S.-Australia command post and field training exercise, Talisman Saber demonstrates the U.S. and Australian commitment to the military alliance and regional security. Joe Gardella

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Moul III, Cornelius Ferris, CAPT     07/09/66 - 09/29/67
Swallow Jr., Chandler Eastman, CAPT     09/29/67 - 12/24/68
Greene, William Morris A., CAPT   RADM 12/24/68 - 05/16/70
Blanks, Alva Leroy, CAPT     05/16/70 - 10/29/71
Palkovic, Richard Michael, CAPT     10/29/71 - 07/07/73
Stewart, Douglas Arthur, CAPT     07/07/73 - 04/11/75
Miale, Robert Eugene, CAPT     04/11/75 - 03/14/77
Toole, Morton Egner (Jim), CAPT   RADM 03/14/77 - 04/21/79
Roberts, Ned Cooper, CAPT     04/21/79 - 01/05/81
O'Keefe, Timothy Robert, CAPT     01/05/81 - 01/21/83
Kaiss, Albert Lee, CAPT     01/21/83 - 12/28/84
Giuffreda, Robert Noel, CAPT     12/28/84 - 12/03/86
McHenry, John Walter, CAPT     12/03/86 - 11/09/88
Fahy, Andrew Wilson, CAPT 1965   11/09/88 - 01/12/91
Salinas II, Daniel, CAPT 1966   01/12/91 - 01/10/93
Schires, Brian Gerald, CDR 1975   01/10/93 - 02/11/94

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

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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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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.
USS William H. Standley (DLG/CG 32) website
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