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USS ALLEN M. SUMNER (DD-692)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHSO

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ROAD BLOCK

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. July 7 1943.
Launched December 15 1943 and commissioned January 26 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1961.
Featured in the Bigfoot Entertainment/Daniel Foster documentary - USS Cooper: Return to Ormoc Bay
which is available at http://www.usscooper.com.
Decommissioned August 15 1973.
Stricken August 15 1973.
Fate Sold November 13 1974 to Union Minerals & Alloy, New York for $163,132 and broken up for scrap.
16 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Sumner 19kALLEN MELANCTHON SUMNER was a Marine Corps Captain of the First World War, 81st Company 6th Machine Gun Battalion, who was killed by German shellfire will leading his troops during the advance on Tigny , 19 July 1918.Joe Gall
Sumner 189kArtist's conception of the Sumner as built in a cutaway view 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
Sumner 95kArtist's conception of the Sumner as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion 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
Sumner 98kArtist's conception of the Sumner as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul 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
Sumner 69kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Sumner 82kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Sumner 124kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Sumner 54kThe launching at Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, NJ December 15 1943.Robert F. Sumrall
Sumner 77kThree days before commissioning at Federal Shipbuilding.Joe Gall
Sumner 55kThe commissioning at the Navy Yard in New York January 26 1944.Richard Sementelli
Sumner 115kAllen M. Sumner (DD-692), in the Atlantic, 26 March 1944. This view essentially shows the lead ship of this class "as built." (80-G-237953)-
Sumner 81kNew York Navy Yard May 1 1944 in "dazzle" paint scheme. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.Robert F. Sumrall
Sumner 80kA photo of the Sumner at Hunters Point Navy Yard undergoing repairs to Battle Damage with an approximate flight path of the Kamikaze. Additional images from this series may be seen on the Sumner's Website at page http://dd-692.com/Kamikaze.htm.Tracy White
Sumner 45kApril 9 1945 leaving Hunter's Point, CA where she underwent repairs for the kamikaze damage from the invasion at Lingayen Gulf.Robert F. Sumrall
Sumner 89kProbably entering Longview, WA for Navy Day 1945.Bill Babuka
Sumner 79kJune 19 1947, location unknown. Note Squadron 7 patch on the stack.Thomas C. Edrington III
Sumner 97kAs she appeared during Operation Crossroads in 1946.Arne Schumacher
Sumner 80kIn the Med circa 1950.Marc Piche
Sumner 68kKingston, Jamaica October 1950.Don Marion
Sumner 49kIn drydock at Boston Navy Yard 1952.Carl Shopp
Sumner 51kLoading a torpedo at sea, circa 1953-1956.Jim Walker
Sumner 113kSeptember 1957, Copyright Atlantic Fleet Sales.Joe Radigan
Sumner 94kCirca 1958-1959, note the Squadron 16 logo on the stack.Gary Vogel
Sumner 178kEntering Genoa, Italy April 26 1959.Carlo Martinelli
Sumner 101kCivitavecchia, Italy May 25 1962.Paul Delasco
Sumner 55kIn drydock in Toulon, France after going aground in June 1962.Paul Delasco
Sumner 123kView of the DASH deck, Mount 53 and the VDS during OPS off Vietnam 1967.Eric Bollin
Sumner 66kThe rescue of 1LT Ronnie Randolph USAF whose F4C had been shot down over North Vietnam on May 25 1967.Eric Bollin
Sumner 60kSubic Bay, The Philippines late May-early June 1967. The USS Jason (AR-8), HMAS Hobart (D-39), USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and USS Fechteler (DD-870).Frank Goetz
Sumner 48kHong Kong harbor July 1967H. Kelly Brown III
Sumner 61kOne of Sumner's QH-50c DASH Helicopters circa 1968-1970.Dolphus Burton
Sumner 202kUSS Yosemite (AD-19) moored, probably at Naples, circa 1969-1970 with USS Burmby (DE-1044) USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) and USS Barney (DDG-6) alongside.Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
Sumner 108kOn Reserve duty with ResDesRon 34, Jul 1971 to Dec 1971. Photo from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Sumner 63kShip's patchLarry Sheppard
Sumner 49kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Sumner 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
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USS ALLEN M. SUMNER DD-692 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Norman John Sampson    Jan 26 1944 - Sep 19 1945
CDR John William Howard    Sep 19 1945 - Jan 17 1947
CDR Thomas Craighead Edrington III    Jan 17 1947 - Jun 12 1948
CDR Dale Mayberry    Jun 12 1948 - May 26 1949
CDR Dwight Lyman Johnson    May 26 1949 - Jul 17 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR Craig Ransom Garth    Jul 17 1951 - Aug 8 1952
CDR Frank Curtis Lynch Jr.    Aug 8 1952 - May 25 1953
LT Alfred Richard Olsen Jr.    May 25 1953 - Jun 11 1953 (Acting)
CDR Stephen Charles O'Rourke    Jun 11 1953 - Mar 22 1955
CDR Homer Howard Haisten Jr.    Mar 22 1955 - Nov 5 1956
CDR Charles Joseph Beers Sr.    Nov 5 1956 - Apr 15 1958
CDR John Secrist Oller Jr.    Apr 15 1958 - Oct 16 1959
CDR Floyd Robert Porterfield    Oct 16 1959 - Jul 18 1961
CDR William Joseph Flynn    Jul 18 1961 - Jul 29 1963
CDR Kirk Crothers Miller Jr.    Jul 29 1963 - Dec 23 1964
CDR Edward McCoy Baty    Dec 23 1964 - Oct 6 1966
CDR Percy Stuart Beaman    Oct 6 1966 - May 20 1967
LCDR William Belmont Moye Jr.    May 20 1967 - Jun 12 1967 (Acting)
CDR Percy Stuart Beaman    Jun 12 1967 - Sep 21 1968
CDR James Alfred Meacham    Sep 21 1968 - Mar 2 1970
CDR Robert Haley Laighton    Mar 2 1970 - Sep 28 1971
CDR Richard George Hollenbach    Sep 28 1971 - Apr 11 1973
LCDR Maurice Joseph Bresnahan Jr.    Apr 11 1973 - Aug 15 1973 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Frank DiBello
Address: 407 El Toro, League City,TX 77573
Phone: (713)253-9753
E-mail: dibellofp@aol.com
Next Reunion: Cleveland, OH, May 1-4 2016.

Battle of Ormoc Bay Association
Contact Name: John Moale III
E-mail: ussmoale@gmail.com


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 Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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