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USS BUCHANAN (DDG-14)


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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SHARP NOTE

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
Laid down by Todd - Pacific Shipbuilding, Seattle on April 23 1959.
Launched May 11 1960 and commissioned February 7 1962.
Decommissioned October 1 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sunk as a traget during Operation SINKEX June 13-14, 2000. Buchanan absorbed
3 Hellfire missles, 3 Harpoon missles and a 2,400 pond laser guided bomb on the 13th and remained
afloat. She was sunk with 200 pounds of placed explosives on the 14th.

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Buchanan 74kCaptain Franklin Buchanan, 1800-1874, American naval officer, b. Baltimore. Appointed a midshipman in 1815, Buchanan rose to be a commander in 1841. He was chief adviser to Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft in planning the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and was its first superintendent (1845–47). In Sept., 1861, he took the rank of captain in the Confederate navy, commanding the Virginia (formerly the Merrimack) against the Union blockading squadron in Hampton Roads (Mar. 8, 1863). Wounded in that engagement, he took no part in the battle of the Monitor and Merrimack the next day. Promoted to ranking officer in the Confederate navy, he was forced to surrender to David G. Farragut in the battle of Mobile Bay (Aug. 5, 1864). Photo #: NH 61920-A. Photograph by Matthew Brady circa 1855-1861, mounted on a carte de visite. Some sources state that this view was taken in May 1861, immediately after his resignation from the U.S. Navy. Collection of Captain Alfred L. Clifton, USN(MC), 1939. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Buchanan 40kUndated, location unknown.-
Buchanan 101kUndated, location unknown.-
Buchanan 52kUndated, location unknown.-
Buchanan 47kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Buchanan 56kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Buchanan 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Buchanan 178kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 161kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Buchanan 261kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Buchanan 210kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Buchanan 119kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Buchanan 94kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Buchanan 94kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Buchanan 135kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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Launching pamphlet - May 11 1960, Todd Shipyards Seattle
Norbert W. Biehl
Buchanan 117kPhoto was shot during sea trials conducted by the builder, Todd Shipyards Corporation of Seattle, 12 Dec 1961 in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Buchanan 88kAs above, 12 Dec 1961.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Buchanan 106kAs above, 12 Dec 1961.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Buchanan 95kAs above, 12 Dec 1961.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Buchanan 79kCommissioning Brochure, February 7 1962.Contributed by: Bruce Webster, son of Rear Admiral David A. Webster, first CO of Buchanan
Buchanan 98kPuget Sound Naval Shipyard, March 1962. Contributed by: Bruce Webster, son of Rear Admiral David A. Webster, first CO of Buchanan
Buchanan 129kAt dedication of USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor - May 1962.Contributed by: Bruce Webster, son of Rear Admiral David A. Webster, first CO of Buchanan
Buchanan 202kUSN photo 1071670 of April 1963 by Clifford E Wall, PH1. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Buchanan 172kAs seen from the USS Intrepid (CVS 11) in WestPac, circa 1966-1967.Bill Messer
Buchanan 133kAs seen from the USS Intrepid (CVS 11) in WestPac, circa 1966-1967.Bill Messer
Buchanan 72k14-14-14-14-14-14-14. On Vietnam deployment, 1969.Chet Morris
Buchanan 165kAs above.Bob Young Collection via Carol Hipperson
Buchanan 166kAs above.Bob Young Collection via Carol Hipperson
Buchanan 63kSan Diego October 1978.Marc Piché
Buchanan 32kHong Kong January 1982.Marc Piché
Buchanan 59kHong Kong January 1982.Marc Piché
Buchanan 115kAugust 12 1983, Pacific Ocean, an aerial starboard beam view of the replenishment oiler USS Kansan City (AOR-3), center, providing underway replenishment to the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), top, and the guided missile destroyer USS Buchanan (DDG-14).Fred Weiss
Buchanan 199kNewspaper article from the San Diego Union regarding the USS Buchanan DDG-14's trip to Australia on the 84-85 WestPac deployment.Lee Noland
Buchanan 251kPostcard from Buchanan's 84-85 WestPac deployment.Lee Noland
Buchanan 187kVancouver, BC during 1985. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1985
Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 84kSydney, Australia March 1985.Marc Piché
Buchanan 35kVancouver, BC July 19 1986.Marc Piché
Buchanan 137kFebruary 7 1987, her 25th anniversary.Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 226kJuly 8 1987, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 129kBuchanan in Hong Kong December 1987.Lee Noland
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1990
Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 199kUSS Buchanan (DDG-14) at Naval Station San Diego in early 1990.David Buell
Buchanan 61kFebruary 1 1990, Pacific Ocean, a port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Buchanan(DDG-14) underway near San Diego.Fred Weiss
Buchanan 30kVancouver, BC March 1990.Marc Piché
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McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan
McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan   McCormick/Robison/Buchanan
Decommissioning pamphlet - October 1 1991
Wolfgang Hechler
Buchanan 114kThe Pacific Ocean, 14 June 2000. Ex-USS Buchanan (DDG 14) slides under the waves of the Pacific Ocean after being used as a target in a Sinking Exercise (SINKEX) during RIMPAC 2000. The ship, decommissioned 1 October 1991 and stricken from the Navy List 20 November 1992, was hit by three Hellfire missiles, three Harpoon missiles and a 2,400-pound laser-guided bomb, but did not sink. The job was finally done by 200 pounds of explosive charges set by an EOD team. U.S. Navy photo by Nick Galante. 14 June 2000.Joe Radigan
Buchanan 33kAs above.Tony Cowart
Buchanan 153kAs above.Tony Cowart
Buchanan 50kAs above.Tony Cowart
Buchanan 57kAs above.Tony Cowart
Buchanan 42kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Buchanan 54kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Buchanan 29kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Buchanan 42kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Buchanan 42kShip's patchCarl Tindle

USS BUCHANAN DDG-14 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 David Andre Webster    Feb 7 1962 - Aug 27 1963 (Later RADM)
CDR Wilton Lee Atkinson    Aug 27 1963 - Mar 5 1965
CDR Harrison Colhoun Murray    Mar 5 1965 - Oct 22 1966
CDR William Allen Spencer    Oct 22 1966 - Dec 16 1967
CDR Robert Newton Congdon    Dec 16 1967 - Aug 15 1969
CDR Clarence Henry Greff Jr.    Aug 15 1969 - Jul 9 1971
CDR William James Thearle    Jul 9 1971 - Sep 7 1972
LCDR John Robert Dalrymple Jr.    Sep 7 1972 - Jun 9 1973 (Later RADM)
CAPT Thomas Irby Kolstad    Jun 9 1973 - Jun 22 1973
LCDR James Gerard Roche    Jun 22 1973 - Jun 28 1975
CDR Thomas Jefferson Turpin Jr.    Jun 28 1975 - Jun 9 1977
CDR Roger Wayne Barnett    Jun 9 1977 - Jul 26 1979
CDR Jere Gene Mackin    Jul 26 1979 - Jul 24 1981
CAPT Michael Everett Mays    Jul 24 1981 - Jun 3 1983
CDR Stephen Howe Jones    Jun 3 1983 - Aug 23 1985
CDR William Hutchinson Parks Jr.    Aug 23 1985 - Dec 1 1987
CDR Lee S. Gurke    Dec 1 1987 - Nov 18 1989
CDR Fred Gordon Cole    Nov 18 1989 - Jun 4 1991
CDR Calvin David George Willard    Jun 4 1991 - Jul 18 1991
LCDR Vincent Aloysius Squitieri    Jul 18 1991 - Oct 1 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Tim Nightingale
Address: 152 37th Drive SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968
Phone: (586)202-2202
E-mail: tbnightingale@comcast.net
Next Reunion: February 24-28,2010 in Jacksonville, FL

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 Buchanan 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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