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USS AMMEN (DD-527)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAEY

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. November 29 1941.
Launched September 17 1942 and commissioned March 12 1943.
On November 1 1944 a "Frances" twin-engine bomber crashed into Ammen resulting in 26 casualties, including five dead.
Decommissioned April 15 1946 and recommissioned April 5 1951.
While enroute to San Diego for decommissioning Ammen Collided with
Collett DD-730, 11 of Ammen's crew were killed in this accident.
Decommissioned September 15 1960.
Stricken October 1 1960.
Fate Sold March 21 1964 and broken up for scrap.
16 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Ammen 81kDaniel Ammen was born in Brown County, Ohio, on 15 May 1820. He was appointed a midshipman on 7 July 1836 and later served with distinction during the Civil War. Ammen commanded Seneca at the Battle of Port Royal, S.C., on 7 November 1861; Patapsco in the attack on Fort McAIister and Fort Sumter in 1863; and Mohican in the bombardment of Fort Fisher in late 1864 and early 1865. Following the end of the fighting, he spent most of his remaining years of service in Washington, serving first as Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and then as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. He was promoted to rear admiral upon his retirement in 1878. After leaving active duty, he spent much of his time writing on naval subjects and published two books: the Atlantic Coast and The Old Navy and The New. Ammen died near Washington, D.C., on 11 July 1898, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

THE UNITED STATES SHIP AMMEN

for service as follows:
"For outstanding heroism in action as a fighter direction ship on radar picket station during the Okinawa Campaign, from April 1 to June 24 1945. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack while occupying advanced and isolated stations, the U.S.S. AMMEN defeated all efforts of enemy Kamikaze and dive-bombing planes to destroy her. Constantly vigilant and ready for battle, she sent out early air warnings, provided fighter direction and with her own gunfire assisted in downing two hostile planes, routed many others and rendered valiant service in preventing the Japanese from striking in force the Naval Forces off the Okinawa Beachhead. A gallant, fighting ship, the AMMEN, her officers and men withstood the stress and perils of vital Radar Picket duty, achieving a distinctive combat record which attests the teamwork, courage and skill of her entire company and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. AMMEN from April 1 to June 24, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Ammen 81kArtist's conception of the Ammen 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
Ammen 35kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ammen 35kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Ammen 80kUSS Ammen (DD-527) shortly after delivery in March 1943 somewhere in San Francisco Bay. She was one of only a few "Square Bridge" Fletchers, simplified design and lowered Mk-37 director, to be completed with the two twin 40mm gun mounts. The Ammen was shortly afterwards modified to the three twin 40mm gun mount configuration standard. NARA Photo from the 19-LCM-DD 527 file.Rick E. Davis
Ammen 168kShortly after delivery at San Francisco, March 23 1943.David Buell
Ammen 170kShortly after delivery at San Francisco, March 23 1943.David Buell
Ammen 162kShortly after delivery at San Francisco, March 23 1943.David Buell
Ammen 84kUSS Ammen (DD-527) underway off Leyte, 20-24 October 1944, with what appears to be column of medium landing ships (LSMs) in the background. U.S. National Archives. Photo # 80-G- 374964. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 24d.Robert Hurst
Ammen 217kOctober 20 1944, note sheared off stack.Ed Zajkowski
Ammen 72kBroadside view of USS Ammen (DD 527) off Mare Island on 31 Jan 45. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 21 Dec 1944 until 4 Feb 1945.Darryl Baker
Ammen 73kBow on view of USS Ammen (DD 527) departing Mare Island on 31 Jan 45. Ship of the left per shipyard logs is USS Acree (DE 169) at the ammunition depot pier.Darryl Baker
Ammen 79kStern view of USS Ammen (DD 527) departing Mare Island on 31 Jan 45.Darryl Baker
Ammen 39kUSS Ammen (DD-527) being hit by a Japanese "Frances" twin-engined bomber, on 1 November 1945, off Leyte. Photo from "United States destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Ammen 96kLocation unknown, circa 1950s.Marc Piché
Ammen 124kLocation unknown, circa 1950s.Robert M. Cieri
Ammen 92kUSS Ammen (DD-527) and USS Borie (DD-704) location unknown, circa 1950s.Kirk Sullenberger
Ammen 49kUSS Ammen (DD-527) circa 1953, courtesy Lieut. Aldo Fraccaroli. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954-55".Robert Hurst
Ammen 155kUSS Ammen (DD-527) underway at sea off Newport, Rhode Island on 4 June 1953. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107259.Robert Hurst
Ammen 63kScenes of the damage from July 19 1960, while making the transit between Seal Beach and San Diego for decommissioning Ammen was struck by Collett (DD-730). The collision killed 11 Ammen sailors and injured 20 others. She was initially towed into Long Beach and, later, from there to San Diego where she was decommissioned on 15 September 1960. From the collection of Mr. Aubrey.Ron Reeves
Ammen 61kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 176kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 213kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 221kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 219kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 215kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 163kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ammen 121kAs above.Ron Reeves
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Memorial program from July 27 1960 at Long Beach, CA honoring the Ammens lost crewmembers.Ron Reeves
Ammen 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS AMMEN DD-527 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Cheshire Daniel    Mar 12 1943 - Apr 22 1943 (Later VADM)
LCDR Henry Williams Jr.    Apr 22 1943 - May 11 1944
CDR James Harvey Brown Jr.    May 11 1944 - Jun 14 1945
LCDR George Van Rogers    Jun 14 1945 - Apr 15 1946
(Decommissioned Apr 15 1946 - Apr 5 1951)
CDR Ralph Paul Desmond Jr.    Apr 5 1951 - Aug 2 1952
CDR Charles Louis Browning    Aug 2 1952 - Jul 1 1954
CDR Blaine Edward Eader    Jul 1 1954 - Nov 22 1954
CDR Richard Henry Woodfin Jr.    Nov 22 1954 - Nov 6 1956
CDR George Ransom Brines    Nov 6 1956 - Sep 5 1958
CDR Zaven Mukhalian    Sep 5 1958 - Aug 20 1960
LCDR Mortimer Stevens Jr.    Aug 20 1960 - Sep 15 1960

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Art Aubrey
Address: 65 Myano Lane, Stamford, CT 06902
Phone: (203)323-2769
E-mail: ammen527@optonline.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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