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USS HAMMANN (DD-412)

CLASS - SIMS As Built.
Displacement 2313 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 52,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 192.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. January 17 1938.
Launched February 4 1939 and commissioned August 11 1939.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Submarine I-168 North off Midway Island June 6 1942.
80 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Hammann 120kCharles H. Hammann was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 16 March 1892. He was appointed an Ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps during World War I. On 21 August 1918, while piloting a Navy seaplane near Pola, he landed on the Adriatic Sea to rescue Ensign George H. Ludlow, whose aircraft had been shot down by Austro-Hungarian forces. Though Hammann's plane was not designed for two persons, and despite the risk of enemy attack, he successfully completed the rescue and returned to the base at Porto Corsini, Italy. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this exploit. Ensign Hammann lost his life while serving on active duty at Langley Field, Virginia, on 14 June 1919. Photo #: NH 79440, U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Hammann kUncropped version of the previous photo, photographed when first completed, circa mid-1939. The ship appears to be under tow, with a canvas cover over her stack, indicating that she may be en route from her builders for delivery to the Navy. Five tires are hung over her side for use as fenders. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hammann 135kAt the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, in January 1942, just before she transferred to the Pacific. She is painted in Measure 12 (modified) camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hammann 138kPhoto #: 19-N-26590 (cropped), Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, destroyers fitting out and refitting alongside the Navy Yard piers in January 1942. These ships are (from left to right): USS Tillman (DD-641), commissioned 9 June 1942; probably USS Beatty (DD-640), commissioned 7 May 1942; probably USS Hobson (DD-464), commissioned 22 January 1942; USS Anderson (DD-411); USS Hammann (DD-412); and USS Mustin (DD-413). Note that the three incomplete ships at left are painted in Measure 12 camouflage, while those refitting (at right) wear Camouflage Measure 12 (Modified). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Hammann 136kBattle of Midway, June 1942 Diorama by Norman Bel Geddes, depicting the torpedoing of USS Hammann (DD-412) and USS Yorktown (CV-5) by Japanese submarine I-168, during the afternoon of 6 June 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hammann 117kPulling alongside the USS Lexington (CV-2) at the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 8, 1942 to rescue survivors.Joe Radigan
Hammann 60kBattle of Midway, June 1942, USS Hammann (DD 412) sinking with stern high, after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-168 in the afternoon of 6 June 1942. Photographed from the starboard forecastle deck of USS Yorktown (CV 5) by Photographer 2nd Class William G. Roy. Angular structure in right foreground is the front of Yorktown's forward starboard 5-inch gun gallery. Note knotted lines hanging down from the carrier's flight deck, remaining from her initial abandonment on 4 June. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Joe Radigan
Hammann 131kPhoto #: 80-G-312064. Survivors of USS Hammann (DD-412) are brought ashore at Pearl Harbor from USS Benham (DD-397), a few days after their ship was sunk on 6 June 1942. Note Navy ambulance in left foreground, many onlookers, depth charge racks on Benham's stern and open sights on her after 5"/38 gun mount. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Hammann 92kPhoto #: 80-G-40170. Commander Arnold E. True, USN, receives the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Medal for his performance while in command of USS Hammann (DD-412) during the May-June 1942 Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. Hammann was lost on 6 June 1942, during the Midway action. Presenting the awards is Admiral William F. Halsey. Photograph was taken circa October 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.Bill Gonyo

USS HAMMANN DD-412 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Arnold Ellsworth True    Aug 11 1939 - Jun 7 1942 (Later RADM)
LT Charles Conway Hartigan Jr.    Jun 7 1942 - Jun 10 1942

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