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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWMQ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RED DEVIL

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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 Woks, Bath ME February 18 1943.
Launched June 28 1943 and commissioned August 31 1943.
Decommissioned July 19 1946 and recommissioned May 4 1951.
Decommissioned January (?) 1970.
Stricken January 20 1970.
Fate Sunk as target May 19 1974.

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Royal Rodney Ingersoll

Royal Rodney Ingersoll III

Ingersoll (DD-652) was named for two naval men. Royal Rodney Ingersoll was born in Niles, Michigan, 04 December 1847, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868. He served in various ships of the fleet on the European and Asiatic Squadrons until 1876 when he was assigned to the Naval Academy. Ingersoll taught and wrote about Ordnance subjects during several tours at the Academy, and in the early years of the 20th century commanded such ships as Bennington, New Orleans, and Maryland. He was Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Fleet during the first part of its famous cruise around the world, and a member of the General Board in 1908. Rear Admiral Ingersoll retired in 1909, but was called back to duty during World War I as President of the Naval Ordnance Board. In 1919 he returned to his home in Laporte, Indiana, where he was active in public affairs until his death 21 April 1931.

Royal Rodney Ingersoll, II, the grandson of Admiral Ingersoll, was born at Manila, P.I., 17 December 1913. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1934, he served as an Ensign aboard California (BB-44) 1934-1936, Cassin (DD-372) 1936-1939, and Raleigh (CL-7) 1940-1941, reporting on board carrier Hornet during her fitting out period in 1941. Lieutenant Ingersoll served in Hornet during the critical early months of the Pacific war. In the great Battle of Midway 4 to 6 June 1942, in which the U.S. fleet decisively turned back the Japanese threat to the Hawaiian Islands, he was was killed at his battle station by machine gun fire from a crippled fighter plane (an F4F Wildcat) from the USS Yorktown (CV-5) during its emergency landing on board the Hornet. Its wounded pilot was either unable to, or failed to, cut off its guns. Four enlisted men on board the Hornet were also killed, and 20 more sailors were wounded in this accident (DANFS incorrectly attributes his death to "machine gun fire from Japanese aircraft.") Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Bill Gonyo
Ingersoll (DD-652)
Ingersoll 91kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Ingersoll 337kFour views from the Christening and Launching on June 28 1943. The launch ceremony pictures were sent to me by the late Alice Jean Ingersoll Nagel, granddaughter of Admiral Royal Rodney Ingersoll, in 1999, she is shown Christening in one picture.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 199kAs above.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 170kAs above.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 293kAs above.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 137kUSS Ingersoll (DD-652) en route to a strike on Taroa Island airfield, Marshall Islands, viewed from a plane from USS Enterprise (CV-6), 27 January 1944. National Archive and Record Administration photo # 80-G-222927.Robert Hurst
Ingersoll 43kEarly 1950's, location unknown.Ms. Grace Ingersoll, daughter of the ships namesake and granddaughter of Admiral Ingersoll (DD-990) and Larry Graham of the Ingersoll Reunion Group.
Ingersoll 104kSan Diego, circa mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Ingersoll 304kCirca 1955Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 161kCirca 1965Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 137kVenice, Italy during October 1952 from the collection of CAPT John D. Orr USNR (Ret.).Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 130kFebruary 1964 in the Philippine Sea.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 21kIngersoll returning From WestPac To Pier 5, Naval Station San Diego, April 16 1964.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 167kCirca 1965Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 49kA series of 5 photos taken by Lee Rush showing the Ingersoll in dry dock at Long Beach,CA in 1965 prior to leaving for WESPAC operations in Viet Nam.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 44kAs above.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 57kAs above.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 42kAs above.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 36kAs above.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 30kPhoto of the Ingersoll in Guam in 1965 on her way to Vietnam by Lee Rush.Ingersoll Reunion Group
Ingersoll 85kHong Kong 1965Vic Clabaugh
Ingersoll 92kSan Diego Ca. February 5 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Ingersoll 179kUSS Ingersoll (DD-652) underway at sea off the coast of San Diego, California on 22 October 1966. Photographer: PH2 J.V. Cullinan. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107203.Robert Hurst
130kUnderway off San Diego, 1969. Official Navy PAO photo.Mike Smolinski
Ingersoll 265kThe Ingersoll as target ship was featured in the Sea Classics Magazine July 1993.Neal Overman
Ingersoll 49kShip's patchMike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alexander Craig Veasey    Aug 31 1943 - Feb 14 1945

CDR Francis Joseph Lucien Blouin    Feb 14 1945 - Apr 1946 (Later VADM)

LCDR Robert Larue Tully    Apr 1946 - Jul 19 1946

(Decommissioned Jul 19 1946 - May 4 1951)

CDR George Anthony Gowen    May 4 1951 - Oct 28 1952

CDR Richard Herbert Tibbets    Oct 28 1952 - Aug 1954

CDR John Andrew Gommengenger    Aug 1954 - 1956

CDR Ramon Manuel Perez    1956 - Feb 1957

CDR Jessie David Worley    Feb 1957 - May 1958

CDR Paul Abraham Newlove    May 1958 - Jun 1 1960

CDR Ira Wilbur Bonnett    Jun 1 1960 - 1962

CDR Paul Andrew Boyle    1962 - 1963

CDR Henry Eugene Davies Jr.    1963 - 1964

CDR Stewart Malcolm Brownell    1964 - Dec 21 1966

CDR John James Strohm    Dec 21 1966 - Aug 21 1968

CDR John Morgan Redfield    Aug 21 1968 - Jan 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Larry Graham

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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Ingersoll website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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