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USS LARDNER (DD-487)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEJR

CLASS - GLEAVES As Built.
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
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. September 15 1941.
Launched March 20 1942 and commissioned May 13 1942.
Decommissioned May 16 1946.
Stricken August 15 1949.
To Turkey June 10 1949, renamed Gemlik.
Stricken in 1974.
Fate Sunk as a target 21 Nov 1982 in the Eastern Mediterranean by the USS Biddle (CG-34),
USS Furer (FFG-6), USS Truett (FF-1095) and aircraft from CVW-6.

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Lardner 101kJames L. Lardner was born at Philadelphia, Pa., 20 November 1802. He was appointed Midshipman 10 May 1820. Lardner served in the Pacific squadron from 1821 to 1824 and joined the Mediterranean squadron in 1825 after escorting General Lafayette in Brandywine back to France. He cruised in various squadrons and held important positions on shore until 1860. In September 1861 during the, Civil War, Lardner, in command of frigate Susquehanna, tooka pertinent part in the Battle of Port Royal and the capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard. He was commended for gallantry in action by Rear Admiral DuPont; his name was sent to Congress for a vote of thanks by President Lincoln. In May 1862, be assumed command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron and was promoted to commodore 16 July 1862. From May 1863 to October 1864, Lardner commanded the West India Squadron. After his retirement 20 November 1864, he was appointed rear admiral 25 July 1866. He served on special duty with various boards until 1869, when he was appointed Governor of the Naval Asylum, Philadelphia. He held this post until 1871. Rear Admiral Lardner died 12 April 1881 in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo from the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Lardner 82kArtist's conception of the Lardner as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lardner 34kThe Lardner in the Purvis Bay Area, USS Lansdowne (DD-486) is in the far background, photo from Jim Pickel of Lardner.Ronald Hosmer
Lardner 22kOff Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1942.Ronald Hosmer
Lardner 24kUSS Lardner (DD-487) underway at slow speed off the New York Navy Yard, probably during her delivery trip from Kearny, New Jersey, circa May 1942. Note the mixture of sailors and civilians on Lardner's decks, and the harbor tug Captain Seawall at left. Lardner is painted in Camouflage Measure 12(Modified). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107413.Louis Clarke; in memory of his father, Edward R. Clarke/Robert Hurst
Lardner 226kJuly 12 1942 at New York.Ed Zajkowski
Lardner 100kSeptember 23 1944 in Puget Sound.Ed Zajkowski
Lardner 87kUSS Lardner (DD-487) at a Pacific anchorage, possibly Manus, 1945. National Archives and Records Administration. Photo # 80-G-321649.Robert Hurst
Lardner 134kLardner's officers in 1945. Top row, left to right - Lt Mike Wanty, Ens John Stodder, Ltjg Roy Jones, Ens. Joseph Summerall, Ens William McKnight, Ens Harold Alhart, unknown (face straight ahead rear), Ens Arthur Millbern, Lt Morris Reise, Ens Mitchell Jackson. Bottom row, left to right - unknown(croutching), Ens Howard Trayle(on one knee, left arm over knee) behind Trayle's head is a hidden hat Ens Harry McLister, Ens George Deloatche, LtCmdr James Boyd III, (over Boyds left shoulder) Edward R Brown, Lt Owen Bowen (left knee up), Ens Richard T Jones.Ronald Hosmer/Corinne Brown Walker
Lardner 121kThe Lardner in Yokohama in September 1945.Ronald Hosmer
Lardner 54kAs above.Ronald Hosmer
Lardner 80kDestroyer Squadron NINETEEN (DesRon 19) homeward bound from the Pacific, via the Cape of Good Hope, circa October-December 1945. Ships present include USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Stockton (DD-646), USS Lansdowne (DD-486), USS Thorn (DD-647), USS Nelson (DD-623) and USS Lardner (DD-487). Courtesy of Vice Admiral F.H. Schneider, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Lardner 106kNovember 1945 at Capetown, South Africa. From the collection of WT1c Donald Hussey, Sr. who served aboard the USS Lardner (DD-487) during WWII.David Hussey-Oliver/Ronald Hosmer
On Turkish Service
Lardner 63kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Lardner 39kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Lardner 53kUndated, location unknown.Yucel Umar
Lardner 57kUndated, location unknown. Left to right, TCG Gelibolu D-346 (USS Buchanan DD-484),TCG Gemlik D-347 (USS Lardner DD-487) and TCG Giresun D-348 (USS Mc Calla DD-488).Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Lardner 247kUndated, location unknown.Cneyt Demir
Lardner 243kUndated, location unknown.Cneyt Demir
Lardner 733kUndated, location unknown.Yucel Umar
Lardner 123kTGS Gemlik (ex-USS Lardner, DD-487) at anchor, circa 1952, location unknown. Photo courtesy of Mr A Celadeddin Saracoglu. Photo from the 1964-65 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Lardner 112kCirca 1956, location unknown. Photo courtesy of A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Lardner 80kIn the Eastern Mediterranean 1961.Marc Pich
Lardner 73kGemlik, D 347, (ex-USS Lardner, DD-487) underway, circa 1964, location unknown. Photo Turkish Navy, Official. Photo from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Lardner 179kTurkish destroyer Gemlik (ex-USS Lardner, DD-487) photographed in 1956-1957. Note two French destroyers at right. Courtesy of Samuel L. Morison, Washington, D.C., 1972. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command. NH 76311.Mike Green
Lardner 80kCirca 1973-1979 in the Agean Sea.Cneyt Demir

USS LARDNER DD-487 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Willard Merton Sweetser    May 13 1942 - Jun 16 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Otto Carl Schatz Jr.    Jun 16 1943 - May 19 1944
LCDR Jefferson David Parker    May 18 1944 - Jun 7 1945
LCDR James Boyd III   Jun 7 1945 - May 16 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Meadows
Address: 12204 Eastridge Dr., N.E., Albuquerque NM, 87112
Phone: (505) 298-9236
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

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