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USS HAMNER (DD-718)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTXJ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GUY WIRE

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. April 25 1945.
Launched November 24 1945 and commissioned July 12 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1962.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken October 1 1979.
To Taiwan December 17 1980, renamed ROCS Yun Yang.
Reclassified as Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-927
Decommissioned December 16 2003.
Fate Sunk by Hai Hu (SS-794) as a target off Ping Tung 0900 September 6 2005.

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Hamner 56kHenry Rawlings "Pete" Hamner was born 13 March 1922 in London, England. Appointed to the Naval Academy from Virginia, he graduated and gained his commission in June 1942. Hamner served to fit out and commission several new ships during the war, in addition to serving in the 12th Naval District and at Norfolk. He was appointed lieutenant in July 1944. Lieutenant Hamner died 6 April 1945 in USS Howorth, when his ship was crashed by a kamikaze during the suicidal Japanese "kikusui" massed attack of that day off Okinawa where "the fleet had come to stay". LT Hamner stayed at his post doing his duty as gunnery officer even as the Kamikaze flew straight into his position. His last words were " target angle zero." Lt. Henry K. Hamner was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Other awards included the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Photo courtesy of the USS Hamner (DD-718) Association.Bill Gonyo/CDR Gene Maresca USN (Ret.)
Hamner 154kArtist's conception of the Hamner 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
Hamner 33kUndated, location unknown.Walter Ayers
Hamner 28kUndated, location unknown.Walter Ayers
Hamner 68kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Hamner 105kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hamner 199kUndated, location unknown. USN Photo, US National Archives, San Bruno, Mare Island/Hunter's Point photo collection.Robert Hurst
Hamner 131kUndated, seen from the fantail of the Adventuress, flagship of the Golden Fleet with Mayor John F. Shelley embraked in the destroyer Hamner. Hamner steams into San Francisco Bay to the greeting of fireboats. in the foreground is the Admiral's barge of RADM John Taylor.Tommy Trampp
Hamner 387kOff Point Loma, San Diego, CA on the Hamner's 10th anniversary July 12, 1956.Del Mancuso
Hamner 205kThis photo was originally published in the November 1960 issue of CruDesPac News. The four ships were manning the rail to salute President Eisenhower as he passed by in his barge. The President is standing topside in the barge, midships. The other ships in the picture are USS Wiltsie (DD 716), USS Morton (DD948), and USS De Haven (DD727). We were moored in San Diego Bay.Al Creasy, ENS USS Morton
Hamner 124kUSS Hamner (DD-718) underway to Yokosuka, Japan, in heavy weather, in 1969. U.S. Navy photo from the USS John R. Craig (DD-885) 1969 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Hamner 173kA Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter hovering near the Gearing-class destroyer USS Hamner (DD-718), circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photograph from the Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Hamner (DD-718) 1970-71 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Hamner 115kUSS Hamner (DD-718) underway circa 1971. Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Hamner (DD-718) 1970-71 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Hamner 223kUSS Hamner (DD-718) underway circa 1971. Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Hamner (DD-718) 1970-71 Cruise Book.Robert Hurst
Hamner 141kFrom the USS Hancock between mid-November 1970 and early May 1971, location unknown.Fabio Peņa
Hamner 93kNaval Photographic Center photo UNU - Number KN - 21685, Unit CVA-60-2505-6-72 dated July 1972 by PH1 Coan.Adam Hamner
Hamner 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Hamner 76kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Taiwanese Service
Hamner 80kUSS Hanson (DDG-921) and USS Hamner (DDG-927) in Kellung April 2003.Michael from Taiwan
Hamner 81kIn Keelung Harbor August 17 2003.Michael from Taiwan
Hamner 102kHollister (929) and Hamner (927) in Keelung Harbor August 17 2003.Michael from Taiwan
Hamner 11kTorpedo hit by the Hai Hu (SS-794) off Ping Tung 0900 September 6 2005 as Hamner is used as a target.Waldo
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USS HAMNER DD-718 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Joseph Blount Swain    Jul 12 1946 - Dec 16 1947
CDR Robert Campbell Sleight    Dec 16 1947 - 1949
CDR Frank Mahlon Parker    1949 - May 24 1950
CDR Jack Joffre Hughes    May 24 1950 - Sep 25 1951
CDR Robert Dickson Lowther    Sep 25 1951 - Sep 22 1952
CDR William Stephen Finn    Sep 22 1952 - Jan 17 1954
CDR Joseph Ernest Thompson Jr.     Jan 17 1954 - Oct 28 1955
CDR Phillip Hitchcock Teeter    Oct 28 1955 - Dec 5 1957
CDR Robert Richard Dupzyk    Dec 5 1957 - Jan 26 1959
CDR Harold Eugene Stewart    Jan 26 1959 - Jan 19 1962
LCDR Henry Gerald Ehleringer    Jan 19 1962 - Jul 7 1962
CDR Eugene Crouse Kenyon Jr.    Jul 7 1962 - Jan 2 1964
CDR Edward Albert Christofferson Jr.    Jan 2 1964 - Mar 5 1965
CDR Henry Roger Pedneault    Mar 5 1965 - Nov 4 1966
CDR Douglas Lloyd Newgard    Nov 4 1966 - Dec 23 1968
CDR James Mitchell Hoye II    Dec 23 1968 - Jul 24 1970
CDR Richard Nelson Blackington    Jul 24 1970 - Apr 14 1972
CDR Edward Allan Hamilton    Apr 14 1972 - Oct 17 1972
LCDR Harris Sperling    Oct 17 1972 - May 18 1973
CDR Francis William McGirr Jr.    May 18 1973 - Nov 23 1974
CDR Robert William Bruce    Nov 23 1974 - Dec 22 1976
CDR John Epes Whitely Jr.    Dec 22 1976 - Aug 9 1979
CDR Charles Norman Bright    Aug 9 1979 - Oct 1 1979

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Billy Odle
Address: 1211 Ravne Place, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Phone: (619)421-0624
E-mail: None


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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