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USS TATTNALL (DDG-19)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIBD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HIDDEN GOLD

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 Avondale Marine, Avondale LA. on November 14 1960.
Launched August 26 1961 and commissioned April 13 1963.
Decommissioned January 18 1991.
Stricken June 12 1993.
Fate Sold to International Shipbreakers, Brownsville February 10 1999 and scrapped.

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Tattnall 66kJosiah Tattnall was born near Savannah, Georgia, on 9 November 1795. He became a Midshipman in the Navy in January 1812, saw action during the War of 1812 and in the Barbary campaign that followed. During the last part of the decade, Lieutenant Tattnall served in the Pacific Squadron. In the 1820s and 30s, his activities included participation in campaigns against piracy in the West Indies, coast survey duty and command of the schooner Grampus. After promotion to Commander in 1838, he was in charge of several Navy facilities, served at sea in the Mediterranean and off Africa, and was wounded in combat during the Mexican War. As a Captain during the 1850s, he commanded the large frigate Independence, the Sacketts Harbor Naval Station on Lake Erie, and U.S. Navy forces in the Far East. While in the latter post, on 25 June 1859 he intervened in a battle between the Chinese and the British, aiding the latter. He justified his unneutral actions with the comment "blood is thicker than water". In February 1861, as southern states were leaving from the Union, Captain Tattnall resigned his commission to become an officer in the Georgia Navy and, soon after, in the Confederate States Navy. During 1861, he commanded the naval defenses of Georgia and South Carolina, participating in the battle of Port Royal, S.C., on 7 November. He was placed in charge of the naval defenses of Virginia in March 1862, and took over command of the pioneer ironclad Virginia after her battles with Federal warships on 8 and 9 March 1862. After two months of naval stalemate in the Hampton Roads area, the Confederate evacuation of Norfolk forced Tattnall to destroy the Virginia, an act supported by a subsequent court-martial. For the rest of the Civil War, Tattnall commanded naval forces in Georgia and the Savannah naval station. He lived in Canada for four years after the war, then returned to Georgia to serve as inspector of the port of Savannah. Josiah Tattnall died on 14 June 1871.Bill Gonyo
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Tattnall 82kUndated, location unknown.Roy Brooks FC1c/MN (SW) USNR
Tattnall 100kUndated, location unknown.Manolo Budiño
Tattnall 72kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Tattnall 82kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hall
Tattnall 108kUndated, location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Tattnall 83kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Tattnall 189kUndated, location unknown.ssharpbt2
Tattnall 175kUndated, underway in the Suez Canal. Official US Navy photo taken from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Tattnall 180kGenoa, Italy during November 1964.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 112kGenoa, Italy on April 26 1972.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 148kGenoa, Italy on August 9 1972.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 41kPortsmouth, England late 1970's.Marc Piché
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1977
Wolfgang Hechler
Tattnall 101kIn Miami in the mid 1980's.Marc Piché
Tattnall 112kCirca 1984 at the pier in Mayport, Florida.Scott Hiorns
Tattnall 125kDN-SC-86-00514. Radar technicians aboard the guided missile destroyer USS TATTNALL (DDG-19) monitor the AN/UYA-4 weapons control display, October 24 1985.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 74kMediterranean Sea, March 2 1988, a starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG-19) underway. Also visible is the frigate USS PAUL (FF-1080), the destroyer USS Stump (DD-978), the frigate USS Capodanno (FF-1093) and the guided missile destroyer USS luce (DDG-38).Fred Weiss
Tattnall 121kDN-SC-90-04360. A five-man band performs beside the Mark 16 ASROC launcher aboard the guided missile destroyer USS TATTNALL (DDG-19) as the ship steams alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) during an underway replenishment. Photo by PH2 Tracy Didas, February 26 1988.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 80kArriving at Genoa, Italy on March 29 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 195kAt Genoa, Italy on March 30 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 183kGenoa, Italy on April 5 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 202kUSS Tattnall (DDG-19) and USS Stump (DD-978) at Genoa, Italy on April 5 1988.Carlo Martinelli
Tattnall 130kDN-SN-90-00367. Fire Control Technician 3rd Class Michael Rossi, left, conducts a tour of the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS TATTNALL (DDG-19). The TATTNALL is one of eight Navy ships taking part in Navy Appreciation Week, which is being sponsored by the local Navy League chapter. Port Everglades, FL photo by PH2 J. Alan Elliott, October 7 1988.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 132kDN-ST-89-02330. A sailor briefs visitors on chaff launchers aboard the guided missile destroyer USS TATTNALL (DDG-19). The TATTNALL is among eight ships here participating in Navy Appreciation Week sponsored by the Navy League. Port Everglades, FL photo by PH2 J. Alan Elliott, October 7 1988.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 41kPort Everglades FL, October 17 1988, Fire Control Technician 1st Class David Mehan watches from the stern of the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) as the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG-19) arrives for the beginning of Navy Appreciation Week, which is being sponsored by the local Navy League chapter.Fred Weiss
Tattnall 72kMiami May 27 1989.Marc Piché
Tattnall 78kMiami May 27 1989.Marc Piché
Tattnall 24kWestern Mediterranean May 23 1990.Marc Piché
Tattnall 69kEgypt, August 22 1990, the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG-19) transits the Suez Canal en route to the Mediterranean Sea following a deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield.Fred Weiss
Tattnall 84kDN-SC-86-00515. A radar technician performs maintenance on the AN/SPS-52C three dimensional shipboard defense radar antenna aboard the guided missile destroyer USS TATTNALL (DDG-19), January 24 1995.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 54kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS TATTNALL DDG-19 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Frank Regan    Apr 13 1963 - Sep 8 1964
CDR Robert Charles Peniston    Sep 8 1964 - Apr 9 1966
CDR Eugene Francis Kelly    Apr 9 1966 - Aug 9 1968
CDR Richard Finlay Donnelly    Aug 9 1968 - Mar 14 1970 (Later RADM)
CDR William Edward Poling    Mar 14 1970 - Oct 9 1971
CDR David Arthur Bayer    Oct 9 1971 - Jun 28 1973
LCDR James Frederick Featherstone    Jun 28 1973 - Jun 20 1975
CDR Roland George Guilbault    Jun 20 1975 - Jun 10 1977 (Later RADM)
CDR Thomas Arthur Head    Jun 10 1977 - Jul 2 1979
CDR Paul Edward Tobin Jr.    Jul 2 1979 - Jun 29 1981 (Later RADM)
CDR Peter Thomas Deutermann    Jun 29 1981 - Mar 15 1984
CDR Charles Marion Tuck    Mar 15 1984 - Jul 9 1986
CDR Philip Francis Shullo Jr.    Jul 9 1986 - Jul 29 1988
CDR William Ted Funk    Jul 29 1988 - Jan 18 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Leroy Houghton
Address: P.O. Box 1063, Eastham, MA 02642
Phone: (508)255-4354
E-mail: None
Next Reunion: Joint reunion of DDG-2, DDG-19 & DDG-24 at Jacksonville, Florida April 14-18, 2013.

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
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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