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USS HALE (DD-642)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAOP

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 November 23 1942.
Launched April 4 1943 and commissioned June 15 1943.
Decommissioned January 15 1947 and recommissioned March 24 1951.
Decommissioned July 30 1960.
Stricken June 2 1975.
To Colombia December 5 1960, renamed Antioquia.
Fate Stricken December 20 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Hale 52kEugene Hale was born at Turner, Maine, 6 June 1836. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and served for 9 years as prosecuting attorney for Hancock County. He was elected to the Maine legislature 1867-68, to the House of Representatives 1869-79, and succeeded Hannibal Hamlin in the Senate, serving from 1881 to 1911. Although he declined the post of Secretary of the Navy in the Hayes administration, Senator Hale performed constructive work of the greatest importance in the area of naval appropriations, especially during the early fights for the "new Navy." "I hope", he said in 1884, "that I shall not live many years before I shall see the American Navy what it ought to be, the pet of the American people." Much later in his career, he opposed the building of large numbers of capital ships, which he regarded as less effective in proportion to cost and subject to rapid obsolescence. Senator Hale retired from politics in 1911 and spent the remainder of his life in Ellsworth, Maine, and in Washington, D.C., where he died 27 October 1918.Bill Gonyo
Hale 102kArtist's conception of the Hale 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
Hale 105kMare Island February 8 1945. From the collection of the Hale's Communication Officer Nelson Doughty.Lynn Doughty
Hale 79kMare Island February 8 1945. From the collection of the Hale's Communication Officer Nelson Doughty.Lynn Doughty
Hale 106kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Hale (DD 642) at Mare Island on 8 Feb 45. USS Aulick (DD 569) is outboard and USS Walke (DD 723) are forward of Hale.Darryl Baker
Hale 116kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Hale (DD 642) at Mare Island on 8 Feb 45. USS Aulick (DD 569) is outboard of Hale.Darryl Baker
Hale 177kBroadside view of USS Hale (DD 642) off Mare Island on 8 Feb 45. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 Dec 44 until 9 Feb 45.Darryl Baker
Hale 175kUSS Hale (DD-642) steaming out of San Diego, California, probably at the time of her March 1951 recommissioning. She is still in late World War II era configuration. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107205.Robert Hurst
Hale 113kUSS Hale (DD 642) circa 1952, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hale 67kFrench Riviera in 1952, probably Villafranche.Wally Brockway
Hale 129kA series of four photos of the Hale taken by George Panos QM2 as she came alongside the USS Baltimore (CA-68) for refueling during the 1952 Med Cruise.George Panos
Hale 144kAs above.George Panos
Hale 162kAs above.George Panos
Hale 161kAs above.George Panos
Hale 83kHampton Roads, VA June 1957.Marc Piché
Hale 170kSeptember 1957, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hale 35kUSS Hale (DD-642) at Pearl Harbor, on 11 October 1958.Robert Hurst
Hale 89kCirca 1960.James A. Poulette RD2
Hale 24kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Hale 85kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes
On Colombian Service
Hale 134kAntioquia (DD 01, ex-USS Hale, DD-642), underway circa 1961, location unknown. Photo Colombian Navy Official. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.Robert Hurst
Hale 56kCirca 1963, the inner bay at Cartagena.Robert Hurst
Hale 48kOn the right side of the photo are the ex-USS Hale (DD-642) as the Colombian Navy DD 01 Antioquia and the ex-USS Willard Keith (DD-775) as the Colombian Navy DD 02 Caldas circa 1975-1976 after they had been decommissioned and were awaiting scrapping in Cartagena.Luis Bernardo Castro

USS HALE DD-642 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Karl Frederick Poehlmann    Jun 15 1943 - Mar 3 1944 (Later RADM)
CDR Donald Worrall Wilson    Mar 3 1944 - Oct 1 1945
LCDR Nathan Frederick Asher    Oct 1 1945 - Jun 15 1946
LCDR Hugh Emmett Wright    Jun 15 1946 - Dec 7 1946
LT Stuart Delamater Northrop    Dec 7 1946 - Jun 15 1947
(Decommissioned Jan 15 1947 - Mar 24 1951)
CDR Donald Clark Kirk    Mar 24 1951 - Mar 1952
CDR Augustus Knight Jr.    Mar 1952 - Mar 1953
CDR Vining Alden Sherman    Mar 1953 - ?
CDR Charles Bruning Gray    Aug 18 1956 - Oct 2 1958
CDR Ernest Calhoun Hipp Jr.    Oct 2 1958 - Jul 30 1960

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jon Marshall
Address:14132 Norwich Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
Phone:
E-mail: jonm454@comcast.net


Note About Contacts.

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