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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTMO

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CHESTERFIELD

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; Westinghouse 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 March 22 1943.
Launched July 25 1943 and commissioned September 30 1943.
Decommissioned December 10 1946, recommissioned November 14 1951.
Decommissioned December 30 1963.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold June 10 1976 to Ship's Inc., Camden, NJ for $195,000 and broken up for scrap.

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LT George Collier Remey

LCDR George Collier Remey

George Collier Remey, born at Burlington,Iowa, 10 August 1841, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1859. Initially assigned to Hartford on the Asiatic Station, he returned to the United States with the outbreak of the Civil War and served in Marblehead during the Peninsular Campaign, March-July 1862; and, afterward, in the blockade of Charleston. In April 1863 he assumed duties as Executive Officer in Canandaigua and during attacks on Fort Wagner briefly commanded Marblehead. From 23 August to 07 September, he commanded a battery of naval guns on Morris Island, and on the night of 7-8 September led the second division of a boat attack on Fort Sumter. The division made shore, but was decimated by gunfire. Remey and the surviving members of his party were forced to surrender. Following 13 months of imprisonment at Columbia, S.C., Remey was exchanged and returned to duty, serving in DeSoto until the end of the war. In 1866 he saw service off the west coast of South America and in 1870-71 participated in the Tehuantepec Survey Expedition. After commanding Enterprise and service in the Mediterranean, he was appointed captain, 1885, and 4 years later assumed command of Charleston, flagship of the Pacific Squadron. Commandant of the Portsmouth Navy Yard at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he was ordered to take charge of the Naval Base at Key West, whence he directed the supply and repair of all naval forces in Cuban waters and organized supply lines to Army forces in Cuba. After peace returned, Rear Admiral Remey resumed duties at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. In April 1900, he assumed command of the Asiatic Station and for the next 2years guided the ships of that station through the diplomatic and military chaos that was China. He then returned to the United States and served for a year as Chairman of the Lighthouse Board before retiring 10 August 1903. Rear Admiral Remey died at Washington, D.C., 10 February 1928. Images posted by special permission from the State Historical Society of Iowa.Bill Gonyo
USS Remey (DD-688)
Remey 76kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Remey 119kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Remey 76kUndated, Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands. USS Remey (DD-688), USS Wadleigh (DD-689) and USS Damato (DD-871).Carlos Manuel Estrela
Remey 221kUSS Remey DD 688 alongside USS Langley (CVL-27), circa 1944 from the Milton W. Volkens Collection via the Tailhook Association.Angelo Romano
Remey 123kNews dispatch from Admiral Nimitz describing the first naval bombardment of the Japanese homeland on July 15, 1945. The six ships were the battleships USS Missouri, USS Wisconsin, USS Iowa and the destroyers USS McGowan, USS Norman Scott and the USS Remey.Wayne VanDerVoort
Remey 171kAmidships view of USS Mertz (DD 691) between USS Mansfield (DD-728), upper, and USS Remey (DD-688), lower, at Mare Island on 29 Nov 1945. Mertz was at Mare Island from 1 Oct to 30 Nov 1945 undergoing inactivation.Darryl Baker
Remey 123kForward plan view of USS Mertz (DD 691) between USS Mansfield (DD-728), outboard, and USS Remey (DD-688), inboard, at Mare Island on 29 Nov 1945.Darryl Baker
Remey 272kUSS Mertz (DD-691) between USS Mansfield (DD-728), outboard, and USS Remey (DD-688), inboard, at Mare Island on November 29 1945.Ed Zajkowski
Remey 137kDecember 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Remey 144kUSS Remey (DD 688) off Mare Island on December 10, 1945. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Remey 219kDecember 11 1945 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Remey 164kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Remey (DD-688) at Mare Island on 11 Dec 1945. She underwent inactivation at Mare Island from 1 Oct to 12 Dec 1945.Darryl Baker
Remey 100kBow on view of USS Remey (DD 688) at moored at the South end Mare Island on 11 Dec 1945.Darryl Baker
Remey 235kUSS Remey (DD-688) underway at sea, probably in late 1951 or early 1952, soon after she was recommissioned during the Korean War build up. Note that she still has a pole mast, World War II era radars, all ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, twin 40mm gun mounts just forward of her bridge and 20mm guns on her fantail. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was actually taken several years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107183.Robert Hurst
Remey 98kCirca 1955, location unknown.Marc Piché
Remey 56kCirca 1958 magazine clipping, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET
Remey 98kWestern Mediterranean circa late 1950's.Marc Piché
Remey 61kPicture taken in North Atlantic, April 1962. Refueling from CV-39Ken Denning RM3
Remey 80kOfficial USN Image, circa 1962-63Charles H Nadler, LTJG USNR (Res)
Remey 77kOfficial USN Image, circa 1962-63Charles H Nadler, LTJG USNR (Res)
179kRemey (DD-688) off an unidentified city, circa early 1960s.Dave Wright
Remey 64kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Remey 55kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Remey 140kShip's patchPete Wagner
Remey 256kShip's patchTom Gamstetter

USS REMEY DD-688 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Reid Puryear Fiala    Sep 30 1943 - May 1 1945 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Bernard Balch    May 1 1945 - Jun 12 1946

LCDR Eugene Baker Henry Jr.    Jun 12 1946 - Aug 31 1946

LCDR James Joseph McMullan    Aug 31 1946- Nov 9 1946

LT Howard Curtiss Teaford    Nov 9 1946 - Dec 10 1946

(Decommissioned Dec 10 1946 - Nov 14 1951)

CDR Thomas Carter Williamson    Nov 14 1951 - Sep 3 1953

CDR Vincent Charles Langan    Sep 3 1953 - Oct 12 1955

CDR Wilbur Thomas Holmes    Oct 12 1955 - May 25 1957

LCDR Sherman Louis Voiler    May 25 1957 - Jul 1958

CDR Albert Jack Bartlett    Jul 1958 - Nov 4 1959

CDR Ralph Engelman    Nov 4 1959 - Nov 22 1961

CDR Robert A. Gibney    Nov 22 1961 - June/July 1962

CDR Donald B. Millar    June/July 1962 - December 1963

LT(JG) Charles H. Nadler    December 1963 (last OIC)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Speckbrock
Address: 17127 SE 93rd Yondel Circle, The Villages, FL 32162
Phone: (352)259-8856

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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