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USS TOLMAN (DD-740 / DM-28 / MMD-28)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJMO

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 April 10 1944.
Launched August 13 1944 and commissioned October 27 1944.
Completed as Minelayer DM-28, reclassified MMD-28 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned January 29 1947.
Stricken December 1 1970.
Fate Sunk as a target January 25 1997..

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Tolman 79kCharles E."Spike" Tolman was born on 25 June 1903 in Concord, Mass. and entered the United States Naval Academy in the summer of 1921 and graduated on 4 June 1925. After serving in battleship Utah (BB-31), he was transferred to Warden (DD-288) in 1926. Tolman then completed training courses at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I., and at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn. He served in submarines O-4 in 1928 and S-22 from 1929 to 1932 when he returned to the Naval Academy for two years. Tolman served in submarine S--46 in 1934 and commanded S-30 from April 1935 to May 1937. He was attached to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for 17 months before assuming command of Spearfish (SS-190) on 7 October 1939. In January 1941, Tolman joined the staff of Commander, Submarines, Atlantic Fleet. Comdr. Tolman became the commanding officer of De Haven (DD-469) upon her commissioning on 21 September 1942. The destroyer steamed to the South Pacific in November 1942 and supported operations in the Solomons. On the afternoon of 1 February 1943, while escorting landing craft, De Haven was attacked by six Japanese dive bombers. Fighting off the attackers, the destroyer splashed three enemy planes before a bomb struck her navigating bridge, stopped her, and killed Comdr. Tolman. Two more hits and a near miss doomed De Haven, which sank within two minutes. Comdr. Tolman was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valiant leadership. Photo from the US Naval Academy Lucky Bag Class of 1925.Bill Gonyo
Tolman 95kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 16d.-
Tolman 90kAs DM-28 entering San Diego in the Fall of 1946 from San Francisco in preparation for decommissioning.Daniel W. Dockrey, MM3
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USS TOLMAN DD-740 / DM-28 / MMD-28 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clifford Arthur Johnson    Oct 27 1944 - Jul 18 1946
LCDR Charles Albert Smylie IV    Jul 18 1946 - Jan 1 1947
LT Roy Casper Shriber    Jan 1 1947 - Jan 29 1947

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Tolman (DM-28)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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