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USS HELM (DD-388)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMG

CLASS - BAGLEY As Built.
Displacement 2245 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Norfolk Navy Yard September 25 1935.
Launched May 27 1937 and commissioned October 16 1937.
Decommissioned June 26 1946.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold October 2 1947 to Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Helm 139kJames Meredith Helm, born 16 December 1855 at Grayville, III., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1875. He served in various ships and abroad until the Spanish-American War, when he commanded gunboat Hornet. In the blockade of Cuba, he captured a Spanish steamer and three contraband schooners, and was advanced five numbers in grade for outstanding performance at the Battle of Manzanillo 30 June 1898. Helm subsequently commanded Idaho and Wabash. During World War I, Rear Admiral Helm was Commandant of the 4th Naval District and received the Navy Cross for his achievements. He retired 16 December 1919 and died 28 October 1927.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Helm 104kUndated, location unknown.-
Helm 91kUndated, location unknown.-
Helm 248kUndated, good image underway as early war carrier escort.-
Helm 261kUndated, newspaper clipping.Robert Hall
Helm 60kUndated, location unknown.Jon Burdett
Helm 155kUSS Blue (DD-387), left, and USS Helm (DD-388), ready for christening, in Drydock Two at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 27 May 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Helm 58kLaunch Program for the USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Blue (DD-387) at Norfolk Navy Yard, May 27 1937.Ron Reeves
Helm 53kUSS Helm (DD-388) and USS Blue (DD-387) at Norfolk Navy Yard prior to launching. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Helm 77kUSS Helm (DD-388) photographed circa 1937-1939. Note the dark paint on her forward 5"/38 gun mounts (USN Photo No NH 61888).Robert Hurst
Helm 37kOn builder's trials November 11 1937 off Portsmouth, VA.Tracy White
Helm 77kUSS Helm (DD-388) during the later 1930s. Note that her Mark 33 main battery gun director has been temporarily removed from atop her forward superstructure. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 67686.Robert Hurst
Helm 160kPlan view, aft, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 25 February 1942. Note her torpedo tubes, life rafts, 26-foot motor whaleboat, smokestack and other midships details. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Helm 131kPlan view, forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 25 February 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss/Bill Gonyo
Helm 74kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 February 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Fred Weiss
Helm 86kUSS Helm (DD-388) at Noumea, New Caledonia, on 6 April 1942. Photographed by USS Tangier (AV-8). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Helm 90kGuadalcanal-Tulagi Operation, August 1942. Ships maneuvering during the Japanese torpedo plane attack on the Tulagi invasion force, 8 August 1942. Several Japanese Navy Type 1 land attack planes ("Betty") are faintly visible at left, center and right, among the anti-aircraft shell bursts. Destroyer in the foreground appears to be USS Bagley (DD-386) or USS Helm (DD-388). A New Orleans class heavy cruiser is in the left distance, with a large splash beside it. Column of smoke in the left center is probably from a crashed plane. The original photograph came from Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's World War II history project working files. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 97751.Robert Hurst
Helm 96kNavy Photo 2550-44, bow on view of USS Helm (DD 388) off Mare Island on 28 April 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 4 March until 4 May 1944. Note that her MK 33 director is facing aft. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 1d.Darryl Baker
Helm 91kNavy Photo 2553-44, broadside view of USS Helm (DD 388) off Mare Island on 28 April 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 4 March until 4 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Helm 97kNavy Photo 2555-44, stern view of USS Helm (DD 388) off Mare Island on 28 April 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 4 March until 4 May 1944.Darryl Baker
Helm 111kNavy Photo 2637-44, amidships looking aft plan view of USS Helm (DD 388) at Mare Island on 2 May 1944. USS Bagley (DD 386) is to the left and YMT-9 is to the right. YMt-9 was built at Mare Island in 1919.Darryl Baker
Helm 111kNavy Photo 2638-44, amidships looking forward plan view of USS Helm (DD 388) at Mare Island on 2 May 1944. USS Bagley (DD 386) is to the right. Note: 5" gun assemblies on the pier to the right.Darryl Baker
Helm 82kLingayen Operation, January 1945 A Japanese plane makes a suicide attack on a Bagley class destroyer, west of the Philippines on 5 January 1945. The ship is probably USS Helm (DD-388), which was slightly damaged by a "Kamikaze" on that date. Note anti-aircraft shell bursts in the vicinity. Photographed by USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Helm 81kUSS Helm (DD-388) under attack on 5 January 1945 while screening an escort carrier group off Lingayen Gulf. The attacker can just be made out amidst the bursts of anti-aircraft shells direxctly above the destroyer's forward gun mounts. Photo National Archives and Records Admininstration.Robert Hurst
Helm 68kUSS Helm (DD-388) after successfully shooting down a Japanese Kamikaze. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Helm 111kUSS Helm (DD-388) comes alongside USS Makin Island (CVE-93) during the Iwo Jima operation, 24 February 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Helm 86kThree Bagley-class destroyers being towed from Pearl Harbor to the West coast for scrapping. From left to right they are USS Craven (DD-282), USS Bagley (DD-386), and USS Helm (DD-388). The photo was taken on 21 November 1947. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS HELM DD-388 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Paul Hopkins Talbot    Oct 16 1937 - Jun 5 1939
LCDR Percival Eaton McDowell    Jun 5 1939 - Jun 25 1940
LCDR Elmer Allan Tarbutton    Jun 25 1940 - Sep 23 1941
LCDR Chester Edward (Blackie) Carroll    Sep 23 1941 - Feb 4 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR William Baumert Braun    Feb 4 1943 - Nov 24 1943
LCDR Selby Krauss Santmyers    Nov 24 1943 - Jan 27 1945
LCDR Albert Francis Hollingsworth    Jan 27 1945 - Sep 1 1945
LCDR Ernest Robert Peterson    Sep 1 1945 - Jun 26 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: M. Burgermeister
Address: S69 W17349 Kirkwood Dr ., Muskego, WI 53050
Phone: 262-679-0862
E-mail: None


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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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