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USS BERKELEY (DDG-15)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAEH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BRIGHT PENNY

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 (1x1 Mk 13) 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 New York Shipbuilding on August 29 1960.
Launched July 29 1961 and commissioned December 15 1962.
Decommissioned September 30 1992.
Stricken October 1 1992.
To Greece October 1 1992, renamed HS Themistokles.
Decommissioned from Greek Service February 18 2002.
Fate: Sold for scrap by the Greek Navy February 19, 2004.

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Berkeley 59kRandolph Carter Berkeley was born on 9 January 1875 in Staunton, Va., where he attended public schools until 1890. He then spent a year boarding at the Potomac Academy in Alexandria, Va. With the collapse of his father's real estate business in 1891, Berkeley returned home to work on a farm near Staunton. In January 1893, however, he secured a job with the Richmond & Danville Railroad Co. in Washington, D.C. When the United States went to war with Spain in 1898, Berkeley applied for an appointment as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps but did not receive it until 8 August 1898 just four days before the peace protocol ended hostilities. He was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard until honorably discharged on 9 January 1899. When the Marine Corps expanded in 1900, space opened up for more regular officers; and he was appointed a first lieutenant on 9 April 1900. After service at the marine barracks in Norfolk, Va., Lt. Berkeley received orders to report to Oregon (Battleship No. 3) for sea duty. Reporting to the 2d Marine Regiment at New York in August, he traveled with them by train to San Francisco and thence by steamer to the Philippines, arriving at Cavite in October 1899. In the Philippines, because the McKinley Administration decided to annex the islands, Filipino insurgents, led by Emilio Aguinaldo, had seized control of the countryside and set up their own government. After Commodore George Dewey refused to hand over Manila to him, Aguinaldo then tried to seize the city by force in early February 1899; and open warfare broke out between the Americans and the Filipinos. Lt. Berkeley served in Oregon during several operations against the insurgents, including a landing of bluejackets at Vigan, Luzon, and another operation against Olongapo. Lt. Berkeley's duty in Oregon continued--as that warship steamed in Japanese and Chinese waters--until he left her for duty at Cavite in March 1901. Later that summer, shortly after his promotion to captain, Berkeley reported to river gunboat Helena (Gunboat No. 9) in July 1901. He commanded the marine detachment on board the gunboat at Shanghai and during her frequent cruises up and down the Yangtze River. Detached from Helena in late July, he returned home in September. Capt. Berkeley saw service at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; and at the newly established Charleston (S.C.) Navy Yard before joining the 2d Marines in New York. After sailing to Panama in the auxiliary cruiser Dixie in January 1904, the battalion helped to protect American interests and to guarantee Panamanian independence from Colombia. Then, in February, Capt. Berkeley's company returned to Dixie and sailed to Monti Christi in the Dominican Republic. His unit remained in the region for almost two years, serving as a floating reserve in case of civil unrest. Returning to Norfolk in October 1906, he served there and at New Haven, Conn., until taking command of the marine detachment in Kentucky (Battleship No. 6) in December 1907. Capt. Berkeley then led the detachment during the first half of the round-the-world cruise of the “Great White Fleet.” After the fleet arrived at Manila on 7 November 1908, he transferred to the marine brigade in the Philippines. Capt. Berkeley remained on service there until returning home in October 1910 to take command of the marine detachment at the Washington Navy Yard, the same month he received promotion to major. Following a two-year tour commanding the marine barracks at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Wash., Maj. Berkeley took command of the 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, at Pensacola, Fla., in December 1913. By 1914, the political strife in Mexico that followed the downfall of the Diaz regime in 1911 ripened toward civil war and fanned resentment against the United States. When these conditions led to the arrest of American sailors at Tampico on 9 April, the incident provoked Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo to land troops at Veracruz on the morning of 21 April. Two marine battalions, including Maj. Berkeley's battalion, and a party of sailors from Florida (Battleship No. 30) seized the customs house and other facilities along the waterfront. Shortly thereafter, Mexican troops counterattacked, and the marines and bluejackets took part in heavy street fighting. During the resulting two days of combat, Maj. Berkeley skillfully led his battalion against machinegun and rifle fire on Avenida Cinco de Mayo and other nearby streets--suffering few casualties in the process--and helped to clear the city of Mexican troops on 22 April. For his distinguished conduct in battle, Maj. Berkeley received the Medal of Honor. Although an armistice ended the fighting on 30 April, the 2d Marine Regiment remained in Veracruz for the next nine months. Maj. Berkeley returned to the United States in December 1914 and was stationed at Philadelphia until 5 June 1915 when he sailed for Guam to take command the marine barracks on that island. While serving there, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in August 1916. The following spring, with the United States on the eve of hostilities with Germany, Lt. Col. Berkeley helped set up gun batteries overlooking the interned German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran. Following American entry into World War I on 7 April 1917, Lt. Col. Berkeley's marines prepared to sink the ship if the Germans did not answer a summons to surrender. The German sailors refused to turn over the ship and set off scuttling charges, sinking Kormoran in the harbor. After being rescued from the water, the Germans were made prisoners of war and sent to the United States for internment. Lt. Col. Berkeley returned home in November 1917 and served successively at the marine barracks at the New York and Charleston Navy Yards until October 1919. Ordered overseas for expeditionary duty, he served for two years with the 2d Marine Regiment at Cap Haitien in northern Haiti, where he received promotion to colonel. Returning to the United States in November 1921, he saw duty at the marine barracks in New York as well as at Norfolk and Quantico, Va. After graduate studies at the Army War College, he took command of the 1st Marine Regiment at Quantico in June 1926. Following a ceasefire in the civil war raging in Nicaragua, Col. Berkeley took command of the 11th Marine Regiment at Corinto on 19 May 1927. As part of the armistice agreement, the marines received orders to disarm the factions, to suppress banditry, and to assist in the creation of a local police force. Although the marine presence temporarily calmed the region, enough so that most of the force departed by the end of July, the renewal of banditry and civil unrest brought the regiment back to Nicaragua in January 1928. Col. Berkeley was ordered to Nicaragua again in May, and he served there for almost a year as chief of staff to the 2d Marine Brigade's commander. The brigade made antibanditry patrols, protected polling places during the national elections of November 1928, and helped organize the Nicaraguan militia. For his role in these missions, Col. Berkeley received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. After his return to the United States in April 1929, Col. Berkeley served at Norfolk and Quantico, Va.; and, at the latter post, he commanded the Marine Corps Schools and received a promotion to brigadier general in July 1930. During his term there, Brigadier General Berkeley helped sponsor a study group on amphibious operations; which later produced the important Tentative Manual for Landing Operations. In November 1931, Brigadier General Berkeley again received orders to Nicaragua where he took command of the 2d Marine Brigade. At this stage of the intervention, the main American effort was to oversee the upcoming November 1932 elections and to shift responsibility for maintaining order to the Nicaraguan government. Brigadier General Berkeley remained there until the entire marine force was withdrawn from that country immediately following the inauguration of President Anastacio Somoza on 1 January 1933. He then took command of the marine barracks at Parris Island, S.C., serving there until May 1936 before transferring to Washington, DC, to become president of the Marine Corps Examining and Retiring Board. He held that position until his retirement on 1 February 1939. Promoted to the rank of major general on the retired list, Berkeley lived in San Diego, Calif., and Beaufort and Port Royal, S.C., until his death on 31 January 1960.NHC
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

THE UNITED STATES SHIP BERKELEY

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
"For meritorious service in combat operations in Southeast Asia from 22 April to 28 October 1972, as a unit of the United States SEVENTH Fleet. After deploying on a three-day notice, three months ahead of schedule, USS BERKELEY distinguished herself by outstanding performance of duty as a unit providing naval gunfire support to Republic of Vietnam forces ashore. Her timely and accurate gunfire played a significant role in halting the North Vietnamese spring offensive. During fifty-seven days on the "gunline", BERKELEY completed 122 missions, firing over 7,000 rounds of ammunition which inflicted heavy damage on the enemy. While attached to Task Group 77.1, BERKELEY conducted strikes against enemy supply routes and stowage areas in North Vietnam. These strikes, often conducted under intense hostile fire, were important in impeding the flow of enemy troops and supplies to the Republic of Vietnam. During one fourteen-day period, BERKELEY's combat teams detected and destroyed thirty waterborne logistic craft attempting to land supplies in North Vietnam. The determination and aggressiveness of the officers and men of USS BERKELEY reflected credit upon themselves and their ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
For the Secretary,
/signed/
E.R. Zumwalt, Jr.
Admiral, United States Navy
Chief of Naval Operations
Berkeley 88kUndated, location unknown.-
Berkeley 15kUndated, In foreign service as D221.Jörg Bihlmayr
Berkeley 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Berkeley 120kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Berkeley 90kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Berkeley 261kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Berkeley 123kA Tartar missile as it blasts off from the single-arm launcher of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS Berkeley (DDG-15), location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy from " An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Berkeley 71kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) in harbour circa 1963, location unknown. Photos from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Berkeley 13kCirca 1966, location unknown. USS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Jouett (DLG-29).Richard Miller, BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Berkeley 28kHobart, Australia May 1966.Marc Piché
Berkeley 87kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) highlining with the USS Bausell (DD-845), Summer 1967 North Pacific between Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor.Larry Backus
Berkeley 69kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) October 1967 Northwest of Hawaii.Larry Backus
Berkeley 94kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) October 1967 off Japan.Larry Backus
Berkeley 59kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) October 1967 off Japan.Larry Backus
Berkeley 52kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) ahead of USS Bausell (DD-845) prior to highlining off Japan in October 1967.Larry Backus
Berkeley 232kThe USS Berkeley at 32nd St Naval Base in San Diego taken in late 1978.Richard Stiles
Berkeley 42kSan Diego October 1978.Marc Piché
Berkeley 80kOfficial USN Photo, Early 1980'sSM1 Demetrius J. C. Carter, USN
Berkeley 44kSan Francisco October 13 1983.Marc Piché
Berkeley 69kOctober 27 1983, San Francisco CA, port side view of the Adams class guided missile destroyer USS Berkeley (DDG 15). The Coast Guard patrol boat Point Chico (WPB 82339) is visible in the foreground.Fred Weiss
Berkeley 31kFremantle, Australia June 27 1984.Marc Piché
Berkeley 86kAugust 2 1984, Pacific Ocean, aerial port beam view of the Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer USS Berkeley (DDG 15) underway.Fred Weiss
Berkeley 84kPacific Ocean, August 2 1984, aerial starboard bow view of the Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer USS Berkeley (DDG 15) underway.Fred Weiss
Berkeley 234kPacific Ocean, August 2 1984, aerial starboard bow view of the Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer USS Berkeley (DDG 15) underway. USN Photo. ID: DNSC8506995.Robert Hurst
Berkeley 37kSydney, Australia September 1988.Marc Piché
Berkeley 84kSydney, Australia October 1988.Marc Piché
Berkeley 111kSydney, Australia October 1988.Marc Piché
Berkeley   Berkeley   Berkeley   Berkeley
Berkeley   Berkeley   Berkeley
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1991
Wolfgang Hechler
Berkeley 43kLongview, WA June 5 1991.Marc Piché
Berkeley 50kLongview, WA June 5 1991.Marc Piché
Berkeley 90kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Berkeley 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Berkeley 92kBumper Sticker.Wolfgang Hechler
On Greek Service
Berkeley 149kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 178kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 97kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 65kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 55kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 149kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Berkeley 84kAs the D-221 during Navy Week May 2 1993 at Saronikos Bay, Greece.George Haralampides
Berkeley 104kFour views of the Berkely at Salamis Naval Base, Greece on January 31 1997.George Haralampides
Berkeley 101kAs above.George Haralampides
Berkeley 93kAs above.George Haralampides
Berkeley 107kAs above.George Haralampides
Berkeley 152kBoiler room, lower level circa 1997-1998.Michail Kritsotakis
Berkeley 56kMichail on deck with probably the HS Kimon in the background circa 1997-1998.Michail Kritsotakis
Berkeley 117kCommercial view 1997-1998.Michail Kritsotakis
Berkeley 42kBERKELEY DDG-15 as THEMISTOKLIS D-221 arriving Barcelona, Spain, June 8, 1999.Marc Piché
Berkeley 75kBERKELEY DDG-15 as THEMISTOKLIS D-221, Western Mediterranean, June 16, 1999.Marc Piché
Berkeley 46kBERKELEY DDG-15 as THEMISTOKLIS D-221, stern view, Western Mediteranean, June 16, 1999.Marc Piché

USS BERKELEY DDG-15 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 Wyatt Eugene Harper Jr.    Dec 15 1962 - Jul 23 1964
CAPT Michael Donald Ricinak    Jul 23 1964 - Jan 18 1966
CDR William Renwick Smedberg IV    Jan 18 1966 - Jul 11 1967 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Martin Ward Jr.    Jul 11 1967 - Aug 4 1969 (Later RADM)
CDR John Frederick Frost III    Aug 4 1969 - Jun 29 1971
CDR Jerry Anson Dickman    Jun 29 1971 - Oct 25 1972
LCDR Jerry Scott Jones    Oct 25 1972 - Mar 19 1974
CAPT Jonathan Trumbull Howe    Mar 19 1974 - Jan 8 1975 (Later ADM)
CAPT Richard Boyden Macfie    Jan 8 1975 - Jan 31 1975
CDR Clifford Francis Homan    Jan 31 1975 - Jan 27 1977
CDR Jack Eldred Helmann    Jan 27 1977 - Feb 8 1979
CDR Kenneth Robert Sydow    Feb 8 1979 - Jan 30 1981
CDR Joseph Louis Lockett III    Jan 30 1981 - Mar 26 1983
CAPT Robert William Reighley    Mar 26 1983- Jun 19 1985
CDR Richard Kenneth Farrell    Jun 19 1985 - Jul 25 1987
CDR Charles Robert Girvin III    Jul 25 1987 - Sep 5 1989
CDR Ronald Ray Peterman    Sep 5 1989 - Jul 5 1991
CDR Fred Joseph Mallgrave III    Jul 5 1991 - Sep 30 1992

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ray Bartlett
Address: P.O. Box 267, Claremont, CA 91711-0267
Phone: 909-981-7587
E-mail: u.ussberkeley@verizon.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 Berkeley 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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