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USS ROBERT K. HUNTINGTON (DD-781)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHKM

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - JAGUAR

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; Allis Chalmers Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. February 29 1944.
Launched December 5 1944 and commissioned March 3 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade September 1960.
Decommissioned October 31 1973.
Stricken October 31 1973.
To Venezuela October 31 1973, renamed Falcon.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1981.

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Huntington 82kRobert Kingsbury Huntington, born at Los Angeles, Calif., 13 March 1921, enlisted in the Navy 21 April 1941. He served on board Lexington (CV-2) and was rated aviation radioman third class before being transferred to Torpedo Squadron 8 on board Hornet (CV-8). He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement as rear gunner in a torpedo plane during an attack against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942. Flying without fighter support and with insufficient fuel to return to their carrier, Huntington and his fellow crewmember pressed home their attack with utter disregard for their own personal safety, in the face of a tremendous antiaircraft barrage and overwhelming fighter opposition. Huntington was one of 29 from Torpedo Squadron 8 who gave their lives in this attack.Bill Gonyo/Mike Smolinski
Huntington 96kArtist's conception of the Huntington 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
Huntington 197kUndated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 156kUndated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 180kUndated, location unknownMike Smolinski
Huntington 174kUndated drawing of the Huntington in World War II configuration.-
Huntington 53kUndated postcard Copyright Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 114kUndated, location unknown.John W. Klar
Huntington 131kUndated, location unknown.John W. Klar
Huntington 55kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Huntington 98kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Huntington 147kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Huntington 170kUndated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 76kPuget Sound Navy Yard, May 30 1945.John W. Klar/Robert Hurst
Huntington 52kSydney, Australia on May 17 1947.Allan Marshall
Huntington 88kUSS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781) at anchor with the USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864) and USS Rich (DDE-820) during the the 1950s, probably in a Mediterranean port (Photo No NH 99873).Robert Hurst
Huntington 87kView of New York Harbor in 1951 from the bridge circa 1951-1952, taken by crewman Carmen J. Costa.Carmen S. Costa
Huntington 114kDamage on the port side of the Robert K. Huntington DD-781 caused by a collision with a freighter circa 1951-1952, taken by crewman Carmen J. Costa.Carmen S. Costa
Huntington 204kAugust 1 1955, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
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Scenes from the photo album of Windsor T Jones who served aboard the Huntinton from 1957 to 1959. Locations include Gibraltar and the the USS Des Moines (CA-134).
Weiler Jones
Huntington 122kAugust 13 1962, view from from USS Boston CAG-1 During Exercise Riptide III en route to the Mediterranean.David Buell/Roy H. Williams
Huntington 164kUSS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781) on August 13 1962 leaving alongside USS Boston CAG-1 on the way to the Mediterranean.Roy Williams
Huntington 23kUSS Noa (DD-841), USS Huntington (DD-781) and USS Ault (DD-698) in the Mediterranean during 1965, coming alongside the USS Chikaskia for refueling. From the collections of RADM Edward L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon as compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.LCDR Al Gordon USN (Ret.)
Huntington 33kIn the Mediterranean during 1965, coming alongside the USS Chikaskia for refueling. From the collections of RADM Edward L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon as compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.LCDR Al Gordon USN (Ret.)
Huntington 39kApril 1969 in Acapulco, MexicoAllan Marshall
Huntington 87kNew York February 14 1970.Marc Piché
Huntington 60kNewport, September 8 1970© Richard Leonhardt
Huntington 88kEarle NJ, January 19 1971© Richard Leonhardt
Huntington 140kJuly 1971, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Huntington 92kNew York July 19 1973.Marc Piché
Huntington 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 31kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 18kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Huntington 111kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski
On Venezuelan Service
Huntington 206kARV Falcon (D-22) photos taken during UNITAS XX in 1979 by PH2 J. Vinson, USN.Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
Huntington 193kAs avove.Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
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USS ROBERT K. HUNTINGTON DD-781 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John William Ramey    Mar 3 1945 - May 22 1946 (Later RADM)
CDR Frank Este Sellers Jr.    May 22 1946 - Jul 17 1948
CDR Herman John (Mecky) Mecklenburg    Jul 17 1948 - Aug 1950
CDR Thomas Slack Baskett    Jan 1952 - May 1952
CDR William Jones Hughes Jr.    May 1952 - ?
CDR Clarence Raymond Deller Jr.    1956 - 1956
CDR William Alexander Arthur    1956 - ?
CDR Henry Julian Cappello    ? 1959 - ?
CDR Major Israel McCreight III    1963 - ?
CDR Comer Hugh Bird Jr.    1965 - ?
CDR Avery Lee Willis    1968 - ?
CDR Ladimir Joseph Zvanovec    1968 - 1969
CDR Harry Morris Krantzmann    1969 - Jan 1972
CDR Ronald Hugh Swinnerton    Jan 1972 - Jul 1973
LCDR James Clifford Robison    Jul 1973 - Oct 31 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robbie Robinson
Address: 1155 Peddars Way, Norfolk, VA 23505
Phone: (757) 965-6730 and toll free (866) 965-6730
E-mail: babs11646@earthlink.net


Note About Contacts.

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