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USS WALKE (DD-723)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTXS

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STRAWBOSS

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. June 7 1943.
Launched October 27 1943 and commissioned January 21 1944.
Decommissioned May 30 1947, recommissioned October 5 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1961.
Decommissioned November 30 1970.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate Sold March 19 1975 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA and broken up for scrap.

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Walke 66kHenry A. Walke was born on Christmas Eve 1809 in Princess Anne County, Va. and was appointed a midshipman on 1 February 1827 and reported for duty at the navy yard at Gosport, Va. (Norfolk). Walke received his initial naval training at Gosport and, from July 1827 to November 1828, cruised the West Indies in sloop Natchez in the campaign against pirates in that area. He made a voyage to the Mediterranean in Ontario between August 1829 and November 1831. Walke received his warrant as a passed midshipman on 12 July 1833 and, after several months of post-sea duty leave, transferred to duty ashore at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 7 March 1834. Between January 1836 and June 1839, he cruised the Pacific Station in the 74-gun ship-of-the-line North Carolina, primarily along the western coast of South America protecting American commerce during a period of unrest caused by strained relations between the United States and Mexico and the war between Peru and Chile. During service in the receiving ship at New York, Walke was promoted to lieutenant before reporting on board Boston on 5 October 1840. While Lt. Walke was assigned to that sloop of war, she made a cruise to the East Indies. Returning home in 1843, he went ashore for an extended leave before returning to sea in the brig Bainbridge in May 1844 for a cruise along the Brazilian coast. He returned home early in 1846 and, after a year assigned to the receiving ship at New York, made an eight-month voyage in Vesuvius20during which his ship participated in the Mexican War, blockading Laguna and supporting landings at Tuxpan and Tabasco. In October 1847, Lt. Walke went home for another extended leave after which he reported back to the receiving ship at New York on 22 September 1848. On 23 June 1849, he returned to sea in Cumberland for a cruise to the Mediterranean which lasted until mid-January 1851. Following a post-voyage leave, he reported to the Naval Observatory on 22 April for a very brief tour before beginning further duty in the receiving ship at New York. That tour lasted three years, from 17 July 1851 to 17 July 1854, but consisted of two distinct periods separated by a very short tour of duty in St. Mary's during September of 1853. In January 1861, as the American Civil War approached, Comdr. Walke found himself on board Supply at Pensacola, Fla. On the 12th, Capt. James Armstrong surrendered the navy yard to Confederate forces from Alabama and Florida. After providing temporary support for the defenders of Fort Pickens who refused to follow Armstrong's example, Walke took off some of the loyal sailors and navy yard employees and got underway for New York on the 16th. After arriving at New York on 4 February, the commander and his ship loaded supplies and reinforcements for Fort Pickens. Supply set sail on 15 March and anchored near the fort on 7 April and landed the troops and supplies. Operations supporting the nascent Union blockade occupied the ship for the next month, at the end of which Walke received orders to New York to take command of one of the Navy's newly acquired steamers. Following that service, during the summer of 1861, and a four-day tour as lighthouse inspector for the 11th District early in September, Walke headed west in response to orders to special duty at St. Louis, Mo. That assignment proved to be the command of Tyler, one of the river gunboats of the Army's Western Flotilla. In September and October, he took his gunboat downriver to bombard Confederate shore batteries at Hickman and Columbus in western Kentucky and traded a few shots with the Confederate gunboat Jackson. Early in November, his ship supported Grant's move on the Southern camp at Belmont, Mo., escorting troop transports, bombarding shore batteries and, finally, covering the withdrawal of Grant's mauled forces. In mid-January 1862, Comdr. Walke assumed command of the ironclad gunboat Carondelet, also assigned to the Western Flotilla. In February 1862, during his tenure as Carondelet's commanding officer, Walke led her during the captures of Forts Henry and Donelson which guarded the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively. In April, he led her in the passing of heavily fortified Island No. 10 and in the attack on and spiking of shore batteries below New Madrid, Mo. From April through the end of June, his ship participated in the drawn-out series of operations against Plum Point Bend, Fort Pillow, and Memphis. On 15 July, Comdr. Walke almost met his match when the Confederate ironclad ram Arkansas made its move down the falling Yazoo River toward Vicksburg. Carondelet supported by Queen of the West and Walke's former command, Tyler, engaged the Southern ironclad. During the brisk opening exchange, Carondelet suffered heavy damage and was forced out of action in a disabled, though floating, condition. Queen of the West retreated immediately, leaving only little Tyler to face the powerful ram. The Southern warship, consequently, made it safely to the stronghold at Vicksburg. On 4 August 1862, Walke was promoted to captain and assumed command of the ironclad ram Lafayette then under conversion from a river steamer at St. Louis. He put her in commission on 27 February 1863 and commanded her during the dash past Vicksburg on 6 April and during the duel with shore batteries at Grand Gulf on the 29th. That summer, his ship briefly blockaded the mouth of the Red River early in June. Later, on 24 July, Capt. Walke was ordered back to the east coast to prepare the sidewheeler Fort Jackson for service. He put her in commission on 18 August 1863 at New York, but his command of that steamer proved brief. On 22 September, he was transferred to the screw sloop Sacramento, which he commanded through the final two years of the Civil War, cruising the South American coast in search of Confederate commerce raiders. On 17 August 1865, he was detached from Sacramento and returned home to await orders. On 31 July 1866, Walke was promoted to Commodore. From 1 May 1868 until 30 April 1870, he commanded the naval station at Mound City, 111. While waiting orders to his next assignment, Walk e was promotedto rear admiral on 20 July 1870. He was placed on the retired list on 26 April 1871. However, his service to the Navy did not end for, on that same day, he reported for some variety of special duty under the senior admiral of the Navy, Admiral David Dixon Porter. That tour lasted until 1 October at which time he was appointed to the Lighthouse Board. Detached on 1 April 1973, he retired to a life of writing and sketching until his death on 8 March 1896 at Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo #: NH 66752. Captain Henry Walke, USN photograph taken circa 1863-66, in the uniform of a Captain. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Walke 154kArtist's conception of the Walke 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
Walke 97kArtist's conception of the Walke 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
Walke 156kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of Bob Dawson.Ed Zajkowski
Walke 210kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of Bob Dawson.Ed Zajkowski
Walke 188kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Walke 60kPhoto #: NH 86537, USS Walke (DD-723) sliding down the shipways at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, during her launching on 27 October 1943. Photographed by Douglas. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Walke 60kUSS Walke (DD-723), right centre, and USS Mississippi (BB-41), left centre, cover the landings in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 9 January 1945. Two other destroyer types are present at each side of the photo. Walke is painted in what appears to be Camouflage Measure 31, Design 25D. Mississippi's camouflage is Measure 32, Design 6D (USN Photo No 80-K-G-2516).Robert Hurst
Walke 109kNavy Photo 887-45, view of the battle damage to USS Walke (DD 723) upon her arrival at Mare Island on 6 Feb 1945 for repairs. She departed the yard on 4 April 1945.Darryl Baker
Walke 110kPhoto #: 19-N-84480, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 March 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Walke 102kPhoto #: 19-N-84479, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 March 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Walke 92kPhoto #: NH 99807, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 24 March 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 90kPhoto #: 19-N-84482, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 24 March 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Walke 85kPhoto #: NH 99808, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 24 March 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 90kPhoto #: 19-N-84484, USS Walke (DD-723) plan view, forward, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 March 1945. USS Halford (DD-480) is at right, with her bow shortened as the result of a collision with the M.S. Terry E. Stephenson in Saipan harbor on 14 February 1945. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Walke 107kPhoto #: 19-N-84485, USS Walke (DD-723) plan view, amidships, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 March 1945. Note her K-Gun depth charge throwers and quadruple 40mm gun mounts. Ship in the foreground is USS Halford (DD-480). White outlines mark recent alterations to Walke.Tony Cowart
Walke 141kPhoto #: 19-N-84486, USS Walke (DD-723) plan view, aft, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 March 1945. Note her stern depth charge installation, after 20mm machine gun position, 5"/38 twin gun mount and quintuple 21-inch torpedo tubes. Ship in the foreground is USS Halford (DD-480). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Walke 107kCirca 1950's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Walke 102kJune 14 1951.Marc Piché
Walke 88kTaken from USS O'Brien (DD-725) in the Japanese Inland Sea summer 1952.Roy C. Thomas
Walke 123kPhoto #: NH 99810, USS Walke (DD-723) underway at sea in Far Eastern waters, 23 November 1953. Photographed by W.L. Fowler, of USS Yorktown (CVA-10). Note that Walke has been refitted with 3"/50 guns by this time, replacing her original 40mm battery. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 111kPhoto #: NH 99814, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961, at the completion of her FRAM II modernization. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 93kPhoto #: NH 99815, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961, at the completion of her FRAM II modernization. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 105kPhoto #: NH 99816, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961, at the completion of her FRAM II modernization. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 94kPhoto #: NH 99817, USS Walke (DD-723) off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961, at the completion of her FRAM II modernization. Note the variable depth sonar installation on her fantail. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 99kPhoto #: NH 99813, USS Walke (DD-723) seen from directly ahead while off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961. She had just completed her FRAM II modernization. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 101kPhoto #: NH 99818, USS Walke (DD-723) seen from directly astern while off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 11 October 1961, at the completion of her FRAM II modernization. Note the variable depth sonar installation on her fantail, and stern navigation lights atop a tripod on her starboard quarter. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
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Change of Command pamphlet - May 16 1963
Ray Harves
Walke 83kPhoto #: NH 99811, USS Walke (DD-723) at sea in May 1966. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Don Scott, YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)/Tony Cowart
Walke 110kPhoto #: NH 99812, USS Walke (DD-723) underway in the western Pacific while en route to Yokosuka, Japan, 28 September 1967. Walke was then operating with USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). Photographed by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class J.C. Thompson. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Walke 95kThe ship's patch was designed by crew member Ronald G. Bauer in 1962 based on the actual family crest and motto of the Civil War naval hero after whom the USS Walke was named.Mike Smolinski/Ronald G. Bauer
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Crawford Zahm    Jan 21 1944 - Nov 26 1944
CDR George Fleming Davis    Nov 26 1944 - Jan 6 1945 (Killed in action)
LT John Simeon Burns    Jan 6 1945 - Feb 12 1945 (Acting)
CDR John Frink McGillis    Feb 12 1945 - Apr 17 1947
LCDR Bennett Olheim    Apr 17 1947 - Jun 30 1947
(Decommissioned Jun 30 1947 - Oct 5 1950)
CDR Marshall Fery Thompson    Oct 5 1950 - Nov 12 1951
CDR Frank Anthony Zimanski    Nov 12 1951 - Jun 30 1953
CDR Walter Miller Ousey    Jun 30 1953 - Jul 15 1955
CDR Paul Haynes Shropshire Jr.    Jul 15 1955 - Oct 11 1957
CDR Jacob (Jack) Scapa    Oct 11 1957 - Mar 14 1959
CDR Robert Edward Fitzgerald    Mar 14 1959 - Apr 2 1961
CDR Harlan Lon Cheney    Apr 2 1961 - May 16 1964
CDR Josef McGinley Seger    May 16 1964 - Dec 30 1964
CDR Robert Kenneth Thompson    Dec 30 1964 - Aug 3 1966
CDR Robert Ennis    Aug 3 1966 - Oct 10 1968
CDR Watson Thomas    Oct 4 1968 - Dec 1 1968
LCDR Jack Manuel Hix    Dec 1 1968 - Feb 16 1970
LCDR Irving Ken Goto    Feb 16 1970 - Nov 30 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard D. Williamson
Address: 224 Paradise Dr., Little Chute WI 54140
Phone: (920)788-4916
E-mail: rwilliamson@new.rr.com


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