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USS WALKER (DD-517)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWBZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HEAD BAND

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me.August 31 1942.
Launched January 31 1943 and commissioned April 3 1943.
Decommissioned May 31 1946 and recommissioned September 15 1950.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 2 1969.
To Italy July 2 1969, renamed Fante.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1977.

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Walker 53kJohn Grimes Walker was born in Hillsborough, N.H., on 20 March 1835 and was appointed a midshipman on 5 October 1850 and graduated at the head of his class at the Naval Academy in 1856. He served in Falmouth and St. Lawrence in 1858 and 1859; in Susquehanna in 1860 and 1861; in Connecticut in 1861; and in Winona in 1861 and 1862. He distinguished himself under Farragut during the Mississippi River campaigns while serving in Winona, Baron de Kalb (which he commanded), and Saco. He participated in the engagements with Forts St. Philip and Jackson, as well as the Chalmette batteries during the operations which resulted in the fall of New Orleans. He later took part in the Navy's operations against Vicksburg. During the winter of 1862 and 1863, Walker participated in the thrusts against Haines Bluff and Arkansas Post. He also took part in the Yazoo Pass expedition, the attack on Fort Pemberton, and the capture of Yazoo City. At the siege of Vicksburg, Walker commanded the naval gun battery attached to the 15th Army Corps. His subsequent war service included operations which resulted in the capture of Fort Fisher, and he participated in the ensuing bombardments of Forts Anderson and Caswell on the Cape Fear (N.C.) River and in the capture of Wilmington, N.C. Promoted to commander in 1866, Walker served as Assistant Superintendent of the Naval Academy from 1866 to 1869. After commanding Sabine in 1869 and 1870—during which time he took the ship to Europe on a midshipman training cruise—he served as secretary to the Lighthouse Board from 1873 to 1878. From 1881 to 1889, Walker held the post of Chief of the Bureau of Navigation before he went to sea commanding the White Squadron in 1889, with his flag in Chicago. Appointed rear admiral in 1894, he took the White Squadron to Hawaii in 1895 when a coup d'etat posed a threat to American interests. He received a commendation for his attitude of watchful waiting and his squadron's posture of readiness to respond to a possible emergency. Upon his return to shore duty in 1896, he headed the Lighthouse Board and concurrently chaired the committee investigating locations for deep water harbors in southern California. Soon after retiring as a full admiral in 1897, Walker was chosen to serve as President of the Nicaraguan Canal Commission. Two years later, in 1899, he was appointed President of the Isthmian Canal Commission to look into possible routes for a canal across the Central American isthmus. Admiral Walker died on 16 September 1907, at the age of 72, at Ogunquit, Maine. Digital ID: cph 3b22602, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Walker 102kArtist's conception of the Walker as she appeared in late 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
Walker 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Walker 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
Walker 71kUndated, location unknown.Wally Brockway
Walker 117kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Walker 119kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Walker 92kLaunched January 31 1943 at Bath Iron Works.Ron Reeves
Walker 130kMap of the War Patrols of the Walker from the collection of former crewmember Art Jonsson.Jon Jonsson
Walker 44kCirca 1945 from the collection of former crewmember Art Jonsson.Jon Jonsson
Walker 68kCirca 1945 from the collection of former crewmember Art Jonsson.Jon Jonsson
Walker 92kBow on view of USS Walker (DD 517) departing Mare Island on 10 Feb 1945. YTL-99 is to the left and was constructed at Mare Island in 1919.Darryl Baker
Walker 98kBroadside view of USS Walker (DD 517) off Mare Island on 10 Feb 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 24 Dec 1944 until 11 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Walker 98kStern view of USS Walker (DD 517) off Mare Island on 10 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Walker 193kUSS Walker (DD 517) off Mare Island on February 10, 1945. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Walker 134kThis is a breeches-bouy activity between USS Walker (DD-517) and USS Gillespie (DD-609) on 28 August 1945. Found in the Bill Willeford snapshots.John Chiquoine
Walker 116kA June 1950 photo at San Diego NY shows the USS Nicholas (DDE-449), USS O'Bannon (DDE-450), USS Walker (DDE-517) and USS Sproston (DDE-577), returned to Mothballs after being converted to the DDE ASW configuration. All four of these DDE's were armed with of 2-5"/38cal, 5 Torpedo Tubes, Mk-15 ASW Projector, and provisions for 4x2-20mm guns. Also, seen is the USS Killen (DD-593) and several DE's, including USS Raymond (DE-341) and USS Dennis (DE-405) and an APD. Cropped from an USN Photo from the NARA photo files, 80-G-428265.Rick E. Davis
Walker 110kWALKER entering Pearl Harbor in 1956. Captain Vincent Cooke, USN (Ret)
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Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Walker and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Walker 148kUSS Walker (DD-517) on manuevers off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on 29 May 1963. Photographer: PH2 Don C. Smith. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107240.Robert Hurst
Walker 60k1965, note upgrades in radar and removal of # 2,3, and 4 5"-38 Main guns. Weapon Alpha is installed in the #2 gun mount space.Robert Hurst
Walker 61kHong Kong, April 20 1966. DD-468 Taylor Alongside© Richard Leonhardt
Walker 60kHong Kong, April 20 1966, DD-468 Taylor Alongside.© Richard Leonhardt
Walker 158kMay 10 1967 in the Sea of JapanRon Reeves
Walker 192kWalker assisting in recovering a sailor from USS Hornet (CVS-12) who went overboard in the South China Sea in June 1967. The carrier's helo got to him first, Walker's whale boat is to the left. Darryl took the photo from the USS Evans (DE 1023).Darryl Baker
Walker 158kUSS Walker (DD-517) colliding with the Soviet Kotlin class destroyer Besslednyi in the Sea of Japan, 10 May 1967. NPC #1166379.DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
Walker 183kSan Diego, September 1969, USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Boyd (DD-544), USS Taylor (DD-468), USS Walker (DD517) and USS Uhlmann (DD-687) alonside USS Dixie (AD-14). Photo by PH2 Borchers.Ed Zajkowski
Walker 41kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Walker 40kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Walker 92kShip's patch manufactured by McGrogan's Patch Designs in Hayden, Idaho.Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Walker 84kShip's patch manufactured by McGrogan's Patch Designs in Hayden, Idaho.Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)
On Italian Service
Walker 143kArriving at Genoa, Italy on April 2 1971.Carlo Martinelli
Walker 117kGenoa, Italy on April 2 1971.Giorgio Parodi
Walker 149kGenoa, Italy on April 2 1971.Giorgio Parodi

USS WALKER DD-517 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Orville Francis Gregor    Apr 3 1943 - Jul 27 1943
LCDR Harry Edson Townsend    Jul 27 1943 - Dec 5 1944
CDR Philip Decatur Quirk    Dec 5 1944 - May 31 1946
(Decommissioned May 31 1946 - Sep 15 1950)
CDR William Marshall Shifflette    Sep 15 1950 - Mar 4 1952
CDR Marion Chambliss Walley    Mar 14 1952 - Jul 22 1953
CDR Robert Lawrence Kalen    Jul 22 1953 - Sep 9 1955
CDR Coleman Hurdleston Smith    Sep 9 1955 - Jul 19 1957
CDR Frank Ellis McKenzie    Jul 19 1957 - Nov 29 1958
CDR John Philip Gutting    Nov 29 1958 - Aug 11 1960
CDR Brand Whitlock Drew    Aug 11 1960 - May 12 1961
CDR Gerald Warren Prada    May 12 1961 - Jun 29 1963
CDR Lawrence Welsford Kelley    Jun 29 1963 - Feb 19 1965
CDR Bruce Robert Thompson    Feb 19 1965 - Jan 8 1966
CDR James Joseph McGrath    Jan 8 1966 - Dec 6 1966
CDR Stephen Walter McClaran    Dec 6 1966 - Apr 3 1968
CDR Robert Allen Mesler    Apr 3 1968 - Jul 2 1969

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