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USS HANK (DD-702)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHTD

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - AUDITORIUM

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. January 17 1944.
Launched May 21 1944 and commissioned August 28 1944.
Decommissioned July 1 1972.
Stricken July 1 1972.
To Argentina July 1 1972, renamed Segui.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1983.

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Hank 15kWilliam Edwin Hank was born at Norfolk, Virginia on 25 September 1902 and was a member of the Naval Academy Class of ’25. Before World War II, he served at various shore stations and in New York, Hull (DD 350) and Saratoga. Commissioned lieutenant commander in 1940, he took command of Laffey (DD 459), the original flagship of Destroyer Squadron 12, on 1 April 1942. Arriving in the war zone in August, his ship rescued survivors when Wasp (CV 7) was torpedoed and sunk in September and thereafter operated with surface action task forces, with which he twice received the Navy Cross; first for action at the Battle of Cape Esperance, 12 October 1942; second, posthumously, for action at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, 12–13 November 1942, when Laffey was sunk.Bill Gonyo
Hank 154kArtist's conception of the Hank 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
Hank 95kArtist's conception of the Hank 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
Hank 123kUndated, location unknown.Robert Oddo
Hank 81kUndated, location unknown.John LaSala
Hank 79kUndated, location unknown.John LaSala
Hank 102kUndated, location unknown.John LaSala
Hank 226kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hank 62kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) and USS Hank (DD-702) on May 21 1944. Courtesy of www.timepassagesnostalgia.com.Tom Kermen
Hank 85kAugust 26 1944, as delivered to the USN from her builder. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.John LaSala
Hank 86kUSS Hank (DD-702), after delivery by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey, August 26 1944. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-71818.Robert Hurst
Hank 33kCirca 1944-1945 in WWII camouflage. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 9d. Even though this photograph is labeled as the Hank, this is in question and it may indeed be the USS DeHaven (DD-729) instead.Rick Hodges
Hank 80kAt anchor at Ulithi in 1945.Gerald E. Moore SoM2c
Hank 66kThe USS Chikaskia (AO-54) refueling the USS Hank (DD-702), taken from the USS South Dakota (BB-57), February 1945.Pieter Bakels
Hank 192kInternational News Photo dated March 1946 of Norfolk with USS Shangri La (CV-38) in the center, also at the pier are the USS Hank (DD-702), USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) and USS Borie (DD-704).David Buell
Hank 192kJune 1951, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hank 221kUSS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), USS English (DD-698), USS Borie (DD-704) and USS Hank (DD-702) returning to Norfolk on June 10 1951.Ron Reeves
Hank 180kUSS Hank (DD-702) and USS English (DD-696) in Genoa, Italy on July 28 1957.Carlo Martinelli
Hank 140kOctober 20 1962John LaSala
Hank 87kDestroyer Squadron 30 in Montreal July 1965.Marc Piché
Hank 28kUSS BARTON (DD-722), USS HANK (DD-702) and USS PURDY (DD-734) in Cleveland, Ohio August 1965.Mike Smolinski
Hank 162kSeptember 1971, steaming up the Delaware River.Ed Zajkowski
Hank 65kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Hank 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Argentinian Service
Borie 146kThe First and Second Destroyer Divisions in 1979 at the Naval Base of Puerto Belgrano, near Bahia Blanca in the south part of Buenos Aires Province. Since no hull numbers can be seen it is impossible to accurately identify each ship, however, the ships present include the D 22 Rosales (ex DD 644 Stembel), D 29 Piedrabuena (ex DD 730 Collett), D 25 Seguí (ex DD 702 Hank), D 23 Domecq Garcia (ex DD630 Braine), D 24 Storni (ex DD 547 Cowell), D 27 Py (ex DD 877 Perkins) and the D 26 Bouchard (ex DD 704 Borie). Additional info thanks to Adalberto Alvarez; "In the photograph, the ships on the right belong to the 2nd Division of Destroyers. On the left, we see the 1st Division of Destroyers, and we find the Bouchard among these. (The Bouchard was assigned to the 2nd Division in 1980). The ship we see on the front of the 1st Division Destroyers is not the Bouchard, because the Bouchard didn’t have that kind of life rafts until 1982, during the war. The ship in the middle belongs to the Fletcher class. This means that the Bouchard is the one moored to dock."Horacio Héctor Virardi
Hank 106kUndated, ARA Segui (D25) at her moorings at Ushuaia. Argentine Navy Photo, from http://www.histarmar.com.Robert Hurst
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Mitchell Chambers    Aug 28 1944 - Oct 10 1945
LCDR Robert Dudley Kirkptrick Jr.    Oct 10 1945 –  Sep 25 1946
LCDR Stanley Restaum Craw Jr.    Sep 25 1946 - 1947	
LCDR John William Myers Montgomery    1947 - 1947
CDR Richard Rockwell Pratt    ? 1948 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Archibald Thomas Nicholson Jr.    Sep 1949 - 1950
CDR Albert Royal Olsen    1950 - 1951
CDR Charles Koenigsberger Jr.    Aug 1952 - Jul 17 1954
CDR Thomas Oliver Tabor III    Jul 17 1954 - Oct 6 1956
CDR Raymond Vincent Welch    Oct 6 1956 - Sep 6 1958
CDR Robert Milton Johnson    Sep 6 1958 - Mar 9 1960
CDR Martin H. Ostrander    Mar 9 1960 - Mar 15 1961
CDR John M. Dinwiddie    Mar 15 1961 - Mar 26 1963
CDR Richard J. Mallon    Mar 26 1963 - Oct 31 1964
CDR Jack L. Koons    Oct 31 1964 - 1966
CDR Harold Eugene Huling    Aug 18 1966 - 1968
CDR Arthur A. Strunk    1968 - Mar 20 1970
CDR Malcolm Lee Barringer    Mar 20 1970 - Oct 23 1971
CDR George Irvin Knowles    Oct 23 1971 - May 1972
LCDR Tim Hal Roberts    May 1972 - Jul 1 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Walborn
Address: 17420 Edgewater Drive, Lakewood Ohio 44107
Phone: (216) 226-3536 evenings & weekends
E-mail: jtwalborn@banyantechnology.com


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