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USS EPPERSON (DD-719 / DDE-719)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTGT

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PARTRIDGE

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. June 20 1945.
Launched December 22 1945 and commissioned March 19 1949.
Reclassified DDE-719 January 28 1948, Reverted to DD-719 June 30 1962.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1964.
Decommissioned December 1 1975.
Stricken January 30 1976.
To Pakistan April 29 1977, renamed Taimur.
Fate Decommissioned by Pakistan 1999 and sunk as a target March 2000.

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Harold Glenn Epperson, born 14 July 1923 in Akron, Ohio, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 12 December 1942. Private Epperson served with distinction in the assaults on Tarawa and Saipan, sharing in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his organization for its service at Tarawa. He was killed in action on Saipan 25 June 1944, and received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his great courage and self-sacrifice in throwing himself on an enemy hand grenade to save his comrades from the effect of its explosion. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo/Dan Ninedorf
Epperson 154kArtist's conception of the Epperson 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
Epperson 38kUndated, location unknown.Harold Lind
Epperson 47kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954-55".Robert Hurst
Epperson 193kUndated, underway replenishment with the USS Vega (AF-59) and the USS America (CVA-66).Ed Zajkowski
Epperson 157kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Epperson 67kDelivery from Federal Shipbuilding, Port Newark, New Jersey on September 17 1946.Gerd Matthes
Epperson 118kThe incomplete USS Epperson (DD-719) (left) and USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) at Bath Iron Works, January 1948. The old steam tug Sequin, a long-time resident on the Kennebec River, is in the foreground.Robert Hurst
Epperson 118kUSS Epperson (DD-719) underway, 1949. Official US Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Epperson 91kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) Photographed when first completed, probably during her delivery voyage from Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, on 18 March 1949. Her Weapon "Able" anti-submarine rocket launcher has not yet been installed. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 67kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) Delivery photograph, taken by the Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine, 18 March 1949. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 148kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), in the foreground and USS Sarsfield (DD-837) Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern, and is over-running the impact area. Note that she carries only one twin 5"/38 gun mount forward. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 30kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), in the foreground and USS Sarsfield (DD-837) Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern.Fred Weiss
Epperson 121kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), center and USS Sarsfield (DD-837), at right Dropping depth charges during anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has also fired her "K-Gun" depth charge projectors, making vertical smoke trails (aft of the ship) and impact splashes to port and starboard. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Epperson 151kKey West on June 15 1950.Robert Hurst
Epperson 156kMay 1955, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Epperson 118kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) Undergoes an inclining experiment at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, 8 July 1957. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 190kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) Underway at sea, 23 March 1958 Photographed by Pierce. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 131kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) At Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in May 1958. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 177kThe Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Fort Dunvegan (A160) replenishes the aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CVS-20) and the destroyer USS Epperson (DD-719) during the SEATO ASW exercise "Sea Devil" in the Coral Sea, in 1962. The Bennington, with assigned Carrier Anti-submarine Air Group 59 (CVSG-59), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 7 January to 25 July 1962. Photo from U.S. Navy Aviation News [1] July 1962, p. 14.Robert Hurst
Epperson 112kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) underway in the Pearl Harbour Channel, Oahu, 22 January 1962. Photographed by PHCS Robert A. Carlisle (USN Photo No NH 98870).Robert Hurst
Epperson 152kUSS Epperson (DD-719) In drydock at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, undergoing her FRAM I modernization, 14 April 1964. Photographed by Joseph Demattos. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 385kThree images from the Tico yearbook 1966-67.Gene McCallister
Epperson 282kAs above.Gene McCallister
Epperson 360kAs above.Gene McCallister
Epperson 60kTaken in 1967 on R&R visit to Sydney prior to return to Gunline off Vietnam.Don Searle, Royal Australian Navy 63-72
Epperson 95kUSS Epperson (DD-719) underway off Oahu, Hawaii, circa the late 1960's (USN Photo No NH 98873).Robert Hurst
Epperson 141kUSS Epperson (DD-719) Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 12 February 1968. Photographed by PHCM/AC Louis P. Bodine. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 126kUSS Eppersone (DD-719) operating off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 29 August 1968. Photographed by PHCM/AC Louis P. Bodine of Squadron VC-1 (USN Photo No NH 98875).Robert Hurst
Epperson 254k This Huey (DustOff 16) came and visited while we were on the gun line in 1969 off Phan Thiet, Vietnam. Morgan was the LSO at the time.Morgan Little
Epperson 77kUSS Epperson (DD-719) Underway off the coast of Hawaii, 18 December 1969. Photographed by PH2 D.L. Fry. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Epperson 156k1970 in channel at Pearl Harbor.Wolfgang Hechler
Epperson 161k1970, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Epperson 137kUSS Epperson (DDE-719) Jacket patch of the ship's insignia, as used prior to 1962. Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Epperson 142kUSS Epperson (DD-719) Jacket patch of the Engineering Department's insignia, as used in 1967. The design's background is the Destroyer Squadron 25 insignia, overlaid with a "confident lion" and the motto "We Can Handle It". Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Epperson 102kUSS Epperson (DD-719) Emblem adopted in 1974. Its design alludes to her duty as Naval Reserve Training ship at Seattle, Washington. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Epperson 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS EPPERSON DD-719 / DDE-719 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Terrell Hoyt Wilhelm Connor    Mar 19 1949 - Jun 14 1950
CDR Philip Kingsland Sherman Jr.    Jun 14 1950 - Nov 15 1951
CDR Charles Hamden Mead Jr.    Nov 15 1951 - Nov 1953
CDR Nathaniel Burt Davis Jr.    Nov 1953 - Nov 1955
CDR Donald Clark Kirk    Nov 1955 - Nov 1956
CDR James Hervey Batcheller Jr.    Nov 1956 - Jul 1957
CDR Brian McCauley    Jul 1957 - Aug 1959 (Later RADM)
CDR Gail James Ellerbe    Aug 1959 - Sep 1961
CDR Thomas Arthur Bush Jr.    Sep 1961 - Feb 1964
LCDR Charles Culberson Denman Jr.    Feb 1964 - Sep 1964
CDR Paul Kenneth Clausen    Sep 1964 - Aug 1966
CDR Ralph Ensign Wilson Jr.    Aug 1966 - Jul 1967
CDR Cedric Sterling Wallace    Jul 1967 - 3 May 3 1969
CDR Leighton Dale Smith    May 3 1969 - Oct 21 1970
CDR Robert Wade Freeman    Oct 21 1970 - Apr 1972
CDR George Milton Elliott    Apr 1972 - Aug 1973
CDR Joe Don Camp    Aug 1973 - Oct 1 1975
LCDR David Paul Richardson    Oct 1 1975 - Dec 1 1975

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Gilbert
Address: 3425 Meadow Lane, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: (612)473-7825
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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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