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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 Boston Navy Yard May 31 1938.
Launched October 20 1939 and commissioned April 27 1940.
Fate Sunk By Japanese Warships off Guadalcanal November 15 1942.
75 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Walke 66kHenry A. Walke was born on Christmas Eve 1809 in Princess Anne County, Va. and was appointed a midshipman on 1 February 1827 and reported for duty at the navy yard at Gosport, Va. (Norfolk). Walke received his initial naval training at Gosport and, from July 1827 to November 1828, cruised the West Indies in sloop Natchez in the campaign against pirates in that area. He made a voyage to the Mediterranean in Ontario between August 1829 and November 1831. Walke received his warrant as a passed midshipman on 12 July 1833 and, after several months of post-sea duty leave, transferred to duty ashore at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 7 March 1834. Between January 1836 and June 1839, he cruised the Pacific Station in the 74-gun ship-of-the-line North Carolina, primarily along the western coast of South America protecting American commerce during a period of unrest caused by strained relations between the United States and Mexico and the war between Peru and Chile. During service in the receiving ship at New York, Walke was promoted to lieutenant before reporting on board Boston on 5 October 1840. While Lt. Walke was assigned to that sloop of war, she made a cruise to the East Indies. Returning home in 1843, he went ashore for an extended leave before returning to sea in the brig Bainbridge in May 1844 for a cruise along the Brazilian coast. He returned home early in 1846 and, after a year assigned to the receiving ship at New York, made an eight-month voyage in Vesuvius20during which his ship participated in the Mexican War, blockading Laguna and supporting landings at Tuxpan and Tabasco. In October 1847, Lt. Walke went home for another extended leave after which he reported back to the receiving ship at New York on 22 September 1848. On 23 June 1849, he returned to sea in Cumberland for a cruise to the Mediterranean which lasted until mid-January 1851. Following a post-voyage leave, he reported to the Naval Observatory on 22 April for a very brief tour before beginning further duty in the receiving ship at New York. That tour lasted three years, from 17 July 1851 to 17 July 1854, but consisted of two distinct periods separated by a very short tour of duty in St. Mary's during September of 1853. In January 1861, as the American Civil War approached, Comdr. Walke found himself on board Supply at Pensacola, Fla. On the 12th, Capt. James Armstrong surrendered the navy yard to Confederate forces from Alabama and Florida. After providing temporary support for the defenders of Fort Pickens who refused to follow Armstrong's example, Walke took off some of the loyal sailors and navy yard employees and got underway for New York on the 16th. After arriving at New York on 4 February, the commander and his ship loaded supplies and reinforcements for Fort Pickens. Supply set sail on 15 March and anchored near the fort on 7 April and landed the troops and supplies. Operations supporting the nascent Union blockade occupied the ship for the next month, at the end of which Walke received orders to New York to take command of one of the Navy's newly acquired steamers. Following that service, during the summer of 1861, and a four-day tour as lighthouse inspector for the 11th District early in September, Walke headed west in response to orders to special duty at St. Louis, Mo. That assignment proved to be the command of Tyler, one of the river gunboats of the Army's Western Flotilla. In September and October, he took his gunboat downriver to bombard Confederate shore batteries at Hickman and Columbus in western Kentucky and traded a few shots with the Confederate gunboat Jackson. Early in November, his ship supported Grant's move on the Southern camp at Belmont, Mo., escorting troop transports, bombarding shore batteries and, finally, covering the withdrawal of Grant's mauled forces. In mid-January 1862, Comdr. Walke assumed command of the ironclad gunboat Carondelet, also assigned to the Western Flotilla. In February 1862, during his tenure as Carondelet's commanding officer, Walke led her during the captures of Forts Henry and Donelson which guarded the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively. In April, he led her in the passing of heavily fortified Island No. 10 and in the attack on and spiking of shore batteries below New Madrid, Mo. From April through the end of June, his ship participated in the drawn-out series of operations against Plum Point Bend, Fort Pillow, and Memphis. On 15 July, Comdr. Walke almost met his match when the Confederate ironclad ram Arkansas made its move down the falling Yazoo River toward Vicksburg. Carondelet supported by Queen of the West and Walke's former command, Tyler, engaged the Southern ironclad. During the brisk opening exchange, Carondelet suffered heavy damage and was forced out of action in a disabled, though floating, condition. Queen of the West retreated immediately, leaving only little Tyler to face the powerful ram. The Southern warship, consequently, made it safely to the stronghold at Vicksburg. On 4 August 1862, Walke was promoted to captain and assumed command of the ironclad ram Lafayette then under conversion from a river steamer at St. Louis. He put her in commission on 27 February 1863 and commanded her during the dash past Vicksburg on 6 April and during the duel with shore batteries at Grand Gulf on the 29th. That summer, his ship briefly blockaded the mouth of the Red River early in June. Later, on 24 July, Capt. Walke was ordered back to the east coast to prepare the sidewheeler Fort Jackson for service. He put her in commission on 18 August 1863 at New York, but his command of that steamer proved brief. On 22 September, he was transferred to the screw sloop Sacramento, which he commanded through the final two years of the Civil War, cruising the South American coast in search of Confederate commerce raiders. On 17 August 1865, he was detached from Sacramento and returned home to await orders. On 31 July 1866, Walke was promoted to Commodore. From 1 May 1868 until 30 April 1870, he commanded the naval station at Mound City, 111. While waiting orders to his next assignment, Walk e was promotedto rear admiral on 20 July 1870. He was placed on the retired list on 26 April 1871. However, his service to the Navy did not end for, on that same day, he reported for some variety of special duty under the senior admiral of the Navy, Admiral David Dixon Porter. That tour lasted until 1 October at which time he was appointed to the Lighthouse Board. Detached on 1 April 1973, he retired to a life of writing and sketching until his death on 8 March 1896 at Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo #: NH 66752. Captain Henry Walke, USN photograph taken circa 1863-66, in the uniform of a Captain. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Walke 121kUndated, location unknown, Pre World War II.Fred DeWitt
Walke 167kChristening of USS Walke DD 416 by Mrs. Clarence Dillon, grandniece of the ship's namesake, Boston October 20 1939.Dale Hargrave
Walke 121kUSS Walke (DD-416) Photographed soon after completion, circa 1940. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Walke 36kships of Task Group 17.3 under air attack by Japanese aircraft during the Battle of the Coral Sea: The destroyer USS Walke (DD-416) manoeuvres ahead of the Australian light cruiser HMAS Hobart (D63), 7 May 1942. Australian armed forces. This image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 306610/02.Robert Hurst
Walke 176kUSS Detroit (CL-8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 August 1942. Note her after 6"/53 guns and men lounging on the fantail. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Destroyers in the background include USS Preston (DD-379), at right, and USS Conyngham (DD-371), at left. On the far side of the pier from them are USS Caldwell (DD-605), in the far center distance beyond Preston's bow, and USS Walke (DD-416), at left beyond Conyngham. YOS-1 is in the far right distance. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-33050.Robert Hurst
Walke 69kUSS Walke (DD-416) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 August 1942. Note her camouflage. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Walke 255kThe Sims class ship is seen at Mare Island on August 24, 1942 after completing a refit. This was her last refit and she only 2 1/2 months to live, as she was sunk off Guadalcanal the night of November 14-15, 1942 in the Third Battle of Savo Island. At this time she received a new Mk 4 main battery fire control radar, six splinter shielded 20mm guns and roller racks for the K-guns aft. #3 5" gun mount has been removed in order to accommodate these additions.Ed Zajkowski
Walke 152kUSS Walke (DD-416) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 October 1942, at the end of her last overhaul. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note the anti-torpedo net in the upper right background. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Walke 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal.Ron Reeves

USS WALKE DD-416 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Carl Herman Sanders Jr.    Apr 27 1940 - Nov 10 1941

LCDR Thomas Edward Fraser    Nov 10 1941 - Nov 15 1942

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