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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SIDE KICK

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; Westinghouse 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 November 22 1943.
Launched April 8 1944 and commissioned June 16 1944.
Decommissioned and stricken November 14 1969.
Fate Sold October 13 1970 to Southern Materials, New Orleans and broken up for scrap.

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Hyman 148kWillford Milton Hyman was born in Pueblo, Colo., August 16 1901, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1924. He first served in battleship New Mexico, and in the years before World War II, was assigned to many ships and a variety of shore stations, including the Office of Naval Operations. He assumed command of destroyer Sims 6 October 1941. After convoy escort duty in the Atlantic, Sims moved to the Pacific in early 1942. In May, as the Japanese threatened to extend their conquest to Port Moresby, the ship was operating with oiler Neosho in a fueling group for Admiral Fletcher's vital carriers. While the carrier fleets maneuvered for position, Japanese planes found Neosho and Sims in the Coral Sea; and, thinking they were carrier and escort, attacked in strength. After Lt. Comdr. Hyman fought his ship through 2 air raids with great skill, 36 Japanese planes attacked the 2 ships. Sims took three 500-lb. bomb hits in this third attack. Realizing that the destroyer was damaged beyond repair, Hyman ordered "abandon ship" but remained on the bridge, calmly directing the evacuation until going down with his ship. The sacrifice of his ship and Neosho had much to do with saving the Navy's carriers in the widely separated engagements known as the Battle of the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Commander Hyman received the Navy Cross for his heroic service. Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Academy.Bill Gonyo
Hyman 154kArtist's conception of the Hyman 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
Hyman 131kUndated, location unknown.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Hyman 44kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hyman 142kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hyman 85kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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Hyman 95kJuly 1945 off Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Hyman 98kAft plan view of USS Hyman (DD 732) outboard of USS Young (DD 580) at Mare Island on 24 July 1945. Hyman was in overhaul at the yard from 16 May to 26 July 1945.Darryl Baker
Hyman 152kJuly 22 1945, USS Hyman (DD-732) with USS Young (DD-580) inboard at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Hyman 152kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
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Lieutenant General Masao Watanabe of the Imperial Japanese Army and his aide arrive aboard the USS Hyman (DD-732) to negotiate the surrender of Ponape Island on September 11, 1945. Photographs from the collection of Robert A. O'Connor Sr.
Robert A. O'Connor Jr.
Hyman 203kShip's forward 5"/38 guns aimed at targets on the Korean coast, during bombardment operations in February 1952. Note U.S. flag painted atop mount 52. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Fred Weiss
Hyman 174kValetta, Malta circa 1954. Photo courtesy of A. & J. Pavia.Robert Hurst
Hyman 124kNovember-December 1959, 300 miles east of the Florida coast, in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale vicinity. She was steaming North, returning to Newport, RI. In the photo, Don is the flying bridge lookout on the Starboard side and the Port lookout was McCutheon [sic]. This photo was taken from a helicopter from the carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59).Randy Kimes/Don Barker
Hyman 208kIn Genoa, Italy, May 14 1964.Carlo Martinelli
Hyman 163kAnother view of Hyman In Genoa, Italy, May 14 1964.Carlo Martinelli
Hyman 104kView of USS Hyman (DD-732) from USS Wasp (CVS-18) in early 1968 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Ben Brooks
Hyman 37kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Hyman 131kShips plaque.Michael Ayer
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USS HYMAN DD-732 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Rollo Niel Norgaard    Jun 2 1944 - May 22 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR James Louis Foley    May 22 1945 - Jun 5 1946
CDR James Edward (Jimmy) Smith    Jun 5 1946 - Jul 9 1948
CDR David Sheldon Edwards Jr.    Jul 9 1948 - Sep 7 1949
CDR Thomas Milton Foster    Sep 7 1949 - Aug 2 1951
CDR Joseph Clark Spitler    Aug 2 1951 - Jul 18 1953
CDR Roland Gilbert Bienvenue    Jul 18 1953 - Jul 20 1955
CDR Chester Eugene Briggs Jr.    Jul 20 1955 - Sep 3 1957
LCDR Cary Edward Landis    Sep 3 1957 - Oct 17 1958
CDR Christopher Joseph Kersting    Oct 17 1958 - Mar 31 1960
CDR John Woodfin Purcell    Mar 31 1960 - Jan 10 1962
CDR Donald Alexander MacGillivray    Jan 10 1962 - Mar 14 1964
CDR Bernard Ernis Terry Jr.    Mar 14 1964 - Nov 1 1965
CDR Lon Campbell Thomas    Nov 1 1965 - Jul 13 1968
CDR Samuel Cresswell Gamache    Jul 13 1968 - Nov 14 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ralph Beck
Address: 3680 Elizabethtown Rd., Manheim, PA 17545
Phone: (727)504-5225

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