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USS LAMSON (DD-367)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NECX

CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. March 20 1934.
Launched June 17 1936 and commissioned October 21 1936.
Fate Sunk in Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll July 1 1946.
Stricken August 15 1946.
25 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Lamson 97kRoswell Hawkes Lamson was born in Iowa, and appointed to the Naval Academy 20 September 1858. After graduating in 1862, he saw action in the Civil War. Lamson commanded Mount Vernon in joint Army-Navy operations on the Wansemont River, and he played an important role in the capture of batteries at Hills Point. While in command of Gettysburg, he was in the forefront of the attack on Fort Fisher, and he gallantly piloted the powder boat Louisiana in under the fort. He resigned from the Navy in 1866. In 1895 Lamson was appointed lieutenant and placed on the retired list. Lieutenant Lamson died in Portland, Oreg., 14 August 1903. Photo #: NH 53730. USS Gettysburg (1864-1879) montage featuring a painting of the ship (by De Simone, Naples, 1878) and views of four officers who served in her in 1864-1865. The officers are (clockwise from upper right): Lieutenant Roswell H. Lamson., Commanding Officer; Henry S. Hutchings, Paymaster's Clerk; Acting Master's Mate H.J. ("I" ?) Derbyshire; and Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer Enoch B. Carter (probably - there is no Engineer named "William Carter" in contemporary Navy Registers). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lamson 34kUndated, location unknown.-
Lamson 229kUndated (sometime in World War II), Chichi JIma Island in background.Tommy Trampp
Lamson 180kNewspaper clipping showing the Lamson on her launching dated June 17 1936.Ron Reeves
Lamson 92kSummer 1937 as she passed Fort Popham, Maine.Peter Doane
Lamson 90kPhoto #: NH 99402. Commander Ernest G. Small, Commander Destroyer Division Three with the Commanding Officers of DesDiv 3's ships, probably on board USS Porter (DD-356), flagship of Destroyer Squadron Two. Taken on 21 March 1939, while DesDiv 3 was anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with other units of the U.S. Fleet. Those present are, from left to right: Lieutenant Commander Jesse H. Carter, Commanding Officer, USS Drayton (DD-366); Lieutenant Commander John F. Rees, Commanding Officer, USS Flusser (DD-368); Commander Ernest G. Small; Lieutenant Commander Herbert G. Hopwood, Commanding Officer, USS Mahan (DD-364); and Lieutenant Commander Byron H. Hanlon, Commanding Officer, USS Lamson (DD-367). Note the Mark 22 twin single-purpose 5"/38 gun mount in the background, and non-skid deck treads. Photographed by the U.S. Fleet Base Force Camera Party. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lamson 82kUSS Lamson (DD-367) Anchored off Yorktown, Virginia, on 19 April 1939. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Lamson 124kUSN Photo 80-G-36088: Guadalcanal Campaign, 1942-43. USS South Dakota (BB 57) and two destroyers alongside USS Prometheus (AR 3) for repairs, probably at Noumea, New Caledonia, in November 1942. The inboard destroyer, with the distorted bow, is probably USS Mahan (DD 364), which was damaged in a collision with South Dakota at the close of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 27 October 1942. South Dakota received damage in both that battle and in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 15 November 1942. The other destroyer may be USS Lamson (DD 367). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Lamson 325kA sketch of the Lamson at Mare Island in 1944.Darryl Baker
Lamson 159kMay, 1944 photo of the Lamson at Mare Island Navy Yard. Anti-aircraft protection was hampered by the exchanging of 40mm mounts at the expense of a 5" mount, while all twelve torpedo tubes still being carried. The U.S. Navy, after much debate and discussion, preferred trading 5" guns for 40mm and 20mm weapons instead of torpedo tubes.-
Lamson 148kMare Island May 1944.Ed Zajkowski
Lamson 101kBroadside (Stbd) view of USS Lamson (DD 367) off Mare Island on 24 May 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 18 March until 29 May 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 23d.Fred Weiss/Darryl Baker
Lamson 100kBroadside (Port) view of USS Lamson (DD 367) off Mare Island on 24 May 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 18 March until 29 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Lamson 110kBow on view of USS Lamson (DD 367) in the Mare Island channel on 24 May 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 18 March until 29 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Lamson 92kUSS Lamson (DD-367) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California 24 May 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Centre. Photo # NH 99268.Robert Hurst
Lamson 180kUSS Lamson (DD-367) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 May 1944. Note men handling a skiff by the lifelines just aft of Lamson's K-Gun depth charge projectors; provisions piled on deck; 40mm and 5"/38 guns; after control station; torpedo crane (lower left), and tank wagon on the pier. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Lamson 69kUSS Lamson (DD-367) afire off Ormoc, Leyte, on 7 December 1944, after she was hit by a Kamikaze. The tug assisting with firefighting is probably USS ATR-31 (USN Photo No 80-G-290898).Robert Hurst
Lamson 58kUSS Lamson (DD-367) a Mahan class destroyer bombards the objective area during landings on the shores of Ormoc Bay, Leyte, 7 December 1944. This ship is one of several Mahan class destroyers, wearing Camouflage Measure 31, Design 23d, that participated in this operation. "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II", Volume XII, includes this image captioned as Lamson (DD-367) entering Ormoc Bay. However, the original print in the illustrations package for that book also features a handwritten note stating that the ship is "probably Drayton" (DD-366). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-47406.Robert Hurst
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Selected views of USS Lamson (DD-367) documenting the damage from the kamikaze hit in the Philippines on December 7 1944. She arrived at Puget Sound NY on January 16 1945. From NA19GC/dd367.
John Chiquoine
Lamson 104kUSS Lamson (DD-367) Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 2 April 1945. Note that her waist torpedo tubes have been removed and a pair of 40mm quad gun mounts fitted to increase the ship's anti-aircraft firepower. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Lamson 105kUSS Lamson (DD-367), at left and USS Haraden (DD-585) at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, in early 1945. They are to receive repairs for damage inflicted by Kamikaze attacks in December 1944. Lamson is wearing Camouflage Measure 31 Design 23d. Haraden's camouflage is Measure 31 Design 3d (USN Photo No 80-G-601802).Robert Hurst
Lamson 154kUSS Lamson (DD-367) artwork by Grant Powers, U.S. Marine Corps, depicting USS Lamson (DD-367) blowing up before sinking following the "Able Day" atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, 1 July 1946. Donation of Miss Barbara Gilmore. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 85241-KN.Robert Hurst
Lamson 45kThe ship's bell of the USS Lamson DD-367 as it currently, October 21 2004, hangs on the Quarterdeck of the Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center, Des Moines, Iowa. The Lamson was named in honor of Iowa native and Naval Academy graduate Roswell Hawkes Lamson, a Civil War hero.David Johnston
Lamson 90kThe ship's bell of the USS Lamson DD-367 as it currently, October 21 2004, hangs on the Quarterdeck of the Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center, Des Moines, Iowa. The Lamson was named in honor of Iowa native and Naval Academy graduate Roswell Hawkes Lamson, a Civil War hero.David Johnston
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USS Lamson at the bottom of Bikini Atoll.
Steve Hubbard

USS LAMSON DD-367 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Hubert Esterly Paddock    Oct 21 1936 - Jun 1 1937
LCDR Neil Kittrell Dietrich    Jun 1 1937 - Jun 16 1938 (Later RADM)
LCDR Byron Hall Hanlon    Jun 16 1938 - Apr 1 1940 (Later ADM)
LCDR Perley Earl Pendleton    Apr 1 1940 - Apr 1 1941 (Later RADM)
LCDR Preston Vigginius Mercer    Apr 1 1941 - Jun 12 1942
LT Walter Terry Jenkins    Jun 12 1942 - Jun 23 1942 (OIC)
LCDR Phillip Henry Fitzgerald    Jun 23 1942 - Nov 1 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Joseph Russell Rubins    Nov 1 1943 - Mar 1 1944
LCDR Charles H. Pitts    Mar 1 1944 - May 1 1944
CDR John Vavasour Noel Jr.    May 1 1944 - Jul 31 1945
LCDR Robert McCormick Ayer    Jul 31 1945 - Nov 24 1945
LCDR George Gill Ball    Nov 24 1945 - Jun 1 1946
CDR William Henry Watson Jr.    Jun 1 1946 - Jul 1 1946

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