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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ (YN 196)
Contract awarded 01 July 1940 (NOD-1430)
Laid down 16 December 11940
Launched 26 September 1941
Commissioned 22 December 1941
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-20 15 November 1944
Reverted to DD-455 16 January 1955
Decommissioned 15 January 1955
Stricken 01 June 1971
Fate Sold 22 November 1972 and broken up for scrap.

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-Samuel Hambleton was born in 1777 in Talbot County, Md. Entering the Navy as a Purser 6 December 1806, he served as Acting Lieutenant in Lawrence during the battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commended Hambleton for gallant conduct in encouraging his men and personally working a gun until severely wounded. Until 1832 Purser Hambleton served actively in the Navy, attached to Java and Columbus during Mediterranean cruises and to John Adams and Erie in the West Indies. With the exception of a tour of duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1843 to 1845, Hambleton remained on leave or waiting order from 1832 until his death 17 January 1851 in Talbot County.Robert M. Cieri
USS Hambleton (DD-455)
Hambleton 66kUndated, location unknown. National Archives photo BS 54741.Joe Radigan
Hambleton 67kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Hambleton (DD-455) and USS Rodman (DD-456) on September 26 1941. Courtesy of Kerman
Hambleton 181kUSS Hambleton (DD-455) and USS Rodman (DD-456) dual-launching, at Kearney, New Jersey, 26 September 1941. Source Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 50095.Mike Green
Hambleton 177kUSS Hambleton (DD-455) photographed at the time of her trials, circa late 1941. Note that the shields of her 5"/38 guns have not yet been installed. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107298.Robert Hurst
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Detail views of USS Hambleton at Brooklyn Navy Yard in the winter of 1942, getting ready for sea. Photos by George Strock, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial use.
John Chiquoine
Hambleton 77kUSS Sangamon (ACV-26) steams with her escort, USS Hambleton (DD-455), en route to Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, during November 1942. USN, courtesy Stan Piet. From "Carrier Air War in Original Color," by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.Robert Hurst
Hambleton 119kUndated but probably a view of the U-boat torpedo damage sustained on November 11 1942 while in French Morocco.-
Hambleton 198kBroadside view of torpedo damage amidships to USS Hambleton (DD-455), received off Fedala, Morocco, on 11 November 1942. Photographed from USS Chenango (ACV-26), at Casablanca, on 16 November 1942. Note torpedo tubes. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-31596.Mike Green
Hambleton 119kGeorge Clymer (APA-27) moored pierside at Casablanca inboard of Hambleton (DD-455). The destroyer had been torpedoed amidships off Fedala, Morocco, 11 November 1942. Other ships present are Henry T. Allen (AP-30), at left, and the French merchant ship De La Salle, at right. US National Archives photo # 80-G-21886, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.Gary Priolo
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Effects of being torpedoed amidships off Fedala, Morocco, 11 November 1942
Ed Zajkowski
Wilkes 165kJuly 1943, Hambleton as seen from the USS Wilkes (DD-441). From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Ed Zajkowski

USS HAMBLETON DD-455 / DMS-20 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR James Bernhardt Hogle    Dec 27 1942 - ?

As the DMS-20

LCDR Arthur Henry Berndtson    Feb 1946 - Aug 1946

LCDR William Alexander Robie    ? 1952 - ?    

LCDR George W. Kingston    Jul 1954 - ?

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Romolo
Address: 2814 Ridge Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: 970-254-0701
Fax: 970-254-0702

Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Hambleton (DMS-20)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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