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USS BARNEY (DD-956 / DDG-6)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDSD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BAND MASTER

CLASS - CHARLES F. ADAMS As Built.
Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x2 Mk 11) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Originally classified as DD-956, Classification changed to DDG-6 April 23 1957.
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on August 10 1959.
Launched December 10 1960 and commissioned August 11 1962.
Decommissioned December 17 1990.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Broken up by Metro Machine Corp. at Philadelphia, completed February 22 2006.

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Barney 67kJoshua Barney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 6 July 1759, and died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1 December 1818, having served with distinction in the Navy during both the Revolution and the War of 1812. In February 1776, as masterís mate of Hornet, he took part in Commodore Hopkinsís descent upon New Providence. Later he served on Wasp and was made a lieutenant for gallantry in the action between that vessel and the British brig Tender. While serving on Andrea Doria he took a prominent part in the defense of the Delaware. Lieutenant Barney was taken prisoner several times and several times exchanged. In 1779 he was again taken prisoner and was imprisoned in Hill Prison in England until his escape in 1781. In 1782 he was put in command of the Pennsylvania ship, Hyder Ally, in which he captured the British ship, General Monk, a vessel of far heavier guns than his own. He was given command of this prize and sailed for France with dispatches for Benjamin Franklin, returning with the information that peace had been declared. After the Revolution he entered the French Navy, where he was made commander of a squadron. After a successful stint as the captain of the privateer Rossie early in the War of 1812, Barney devised a plan to defend the Chesapeake Bay that the Navy Department accepted. As a captain in the US Navy, he assembled, outfitted, and manned a flotilla of barges that served to delay but not deter the British forces from attacking Washington. After scuttling his vessels to prevent their capture, Barney and his flotillamen made a valiant but doomed attempt to repulse the British at Bladensburg, Maryland, on 24 August 1814. For his gallant conduct in the defense of the capital, he received a sword from the city of Philadelphia and the thanks of the legislature of Georgia. The wounds received in the battle of Bladensburg may have contributed to his death in Pittsburgh in 1818, which occurred while on his way to Kentucky where he planned to retire. His body is buried in Pittsburg's Allegheny Cemetery. Digital ID: cph 3a04337, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Barney 207kUndated, location unknown.-
Barney 111kUndated, location unknown.-
Barney 74kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Barney 95kUndated, location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Barney 109kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Barney 245kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the USS Barney (DDG-6) Association thanks to John Van Dusen.Bill Gonyo
Barney 219kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the USS Barney (DDG-6) Association thanks to John Van Dusen.Bill Gonyo
Barney 257kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Barney 231k4 February 1977 during an attempted Unrep from USS Nimitz CV-68. Note that the upper half of the Desron 2 shield is missing; unceremoniously removed by the rogue wave pictured in 52k as we made our approach on Nimitz, three days out of Norfolk after a Med deployment.Bill Gonyo/Rocky Rochau
Barney 214kUndated but in preparation for the launching on December 10 1960 at New York Navy Yard.. Photo from the USS Barney (DDG-6) Association thanks to John Van Dusen.Bill Gonyo
Barney 82kNOB Norfolk, August 1964Tommy Trampp
Barney 61kNOB Norfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Barney 60kHampton Roads, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Barney 52kNOB, Norfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Barney 38kTaken from USS Rigel (AF-58) October 1964 while on Operation Steelpike I.Jim McCoy
Barney 126kOff Oahu, Hawaii on March 18 1967. USN photo 1121664 by A.R Foss, PH3. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Barney 173k1970 in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea as seen from the Soviet cruiser ZHDANOV.Eugene Ivkin
Barney 88kAt Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 30, 1976. This photo shows Barney's mid-life appearance, with the improved, planar antenna for her 3D radar mounted on her after stack, foremast (with TACAN) considerably heightened and topped by a direction finder. Note, too, how the superstructure had been enlarged beside the forward stack (to starboard), to provide an ASROC reload magazine.Fabio PeŮa
Barney 110kTaken in 1976 from the USS California (CGN-36). Photo shows the USS Barney (DDG-6) doing 34 knots at the start of a NATO exercize in the Med, she was playing the 'enemy' at the time and started the exercize by 'sinking' the California.Michael Boyd STG1(SW)
Barney 52kDOD Media Records Center January 1977.Dave Friedrichs
Barney 231kFebruary 4 1977 during an attempted Unrep from USS Nimitz CV-68. Note that the upper half of the Desron 2 shield is missing; unceremoniously removed by the rogue wave pictured in 52k as we made our approach on Nimitz, three days out of Norfolk after a Med deployment.Bill Gonyo/Rocky Rochau
Barney 175kThe guided missile destroyer USS Barney (DDG-6) tied up pierside at Norfolk, VA., 1980. Behind Barney can be seen part of the destroyer USS Briscoe (DD-977). Photo courtesy of Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Barney 81kNovember 1 1984, Atlantic Ocean, a starboard quarter view of the guided missile destroyer USS Barney (DDG-6) crossing the bow of the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) during maneuvering drills.Fred Weiss
Barney 60kNovember 1 1984, Atlantic Ocean, the guided missile destroyer USS Barney (DDG 6), USS South Carolina (CGN-37) and USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2). A portion of the bow of the battleship USS Iowa (BB 61) is in the foreground.Fred Weiss
Barney 50kNovember 1 1984, Atlantic Ocean, a starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Barney (DDG-6) underway.Fred Weiss
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1984
Wolfgang Hechler
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1987
Wolfgang Hechler
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Change of Command - June 6 1987
Wolfgang Hechler
Barney 224kTwo views of the Barney at Genoa on January 9 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Barney 127kAs above.Carlo Martinelli
Barney 135kTwo views of the Barney before Scrapping began at Metro Machine.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 200kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 95kA series of 9 views of the Barney during the scrapping process at Metro Machine at the Phiadelphia Navy Yard, circa 2005-06. The accomodation or "A" ladder was salvaged and will be used on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) in Fall River, Mass.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 97kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 266kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 302kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 289kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 197kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 276kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 260kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 283kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Barney 48kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Barney 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Barney 46kBumper sticker.Wolfgang Hechler
Barney 85kBumper sticker.Wolfgang Hechler

USS BARNEY DD-956/DDG-6 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joseph James Doak Jr.    Aug 11 1962 - Dec 11 1963
CDR Keith Vernon Johnson    Dec 11 1963 - Jul 24 1965
CDR Joe Douglas Faull    Jul 24 1965 - Feb 16 1966
LCDR Oscar Clarke Chisum    Feb 16 1966 - Jun 18 1966
CDR George Gavin Bailey    Jun 18 1966 - Jul 26 1968
CDR Alvin Deon Branch    Jul 26 1968 - Dec 3 1969
CDR Allen Smith III    Dec 3 1969 - May 20 1971
CDR Siras Dean Browning    May 20 1971 - Aug 25 1972
CDR Peter Sarsfield Corr Jr.    Aug 25 1972 - Mar 1 1974
CDR Kenneth Frank Robinson    Mar 1 1974 - Dec 19 1975
CDR Wayne Edgar Hagan    Dec 19 1975 - Jan 13 1978
CDR Thomas Michael McNicholas Jr.    Jan 13 1978 - Oct 27 1980
CDR William T. Shiffer Jr.    Oct 27 1980 - Nov 18 1982
CDR Grant Dale Fulkerson    Nov 18 1982 - May 18 1985
CDR Neil Maxwell Brennan    May 18 1985 - Jun 6 1987
CDR Francis Joseph McCaffery    Jun 6 1987 - Aug 18 1989
CDR Johnnie Frank Nemec    Aug 18 1989 - Dec 17 1990

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Van Dusen
Address: 1007 Cambridge Drive, Carrollton, TX 75007
Phone: (972) 245-7259
E-mail: john_vandusen@earthlink.net


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 and Web Sites of Interest
USS Barney Website
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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