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USS DENNIS J. BUCKLEY (DD-808)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDJB

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HASTY SCOUT

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME July 24 1944.
Launched December 20 1944 and commissioned March 2 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 2 1973.
Fate Sold April 29 1974 to Levin Metals and broken up for scrap.

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Buckley 74kBorn 22 April 1920 in Holyoke, Mass., Dennis Joseph Buckley, Jr., enlisted in the Navy 30 September 1940. Fireman First Class Buckley was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for displaying exceptional courage in attempting to board and salvage a blockade runner which had been intercepted by his ship Eberle (DD-430) on 10 March 1943. The explosion of demolition charges planted by the blockade runner's crew took his life.Bill Gonyo
Buckley 91kArtist's conception of the Buckley 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
Buckley 68kUndated, location unknown.-
Buckley 107kUndated, location unknown.Ray Sorrell, STG2
Buckley 68kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Buckley 57kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Buckley 231kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Buckley 141kUndated, location unknown. USN photo from the San Bruno branch, US National Archives.Robert Hurst
Buckley 255kUndated, location unknown. Photo by the USS Dixie (AD-14) photo lab. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Buckley 44kLaunching December 20 1944 at Bath Iron Works.Ron Reeves
Buckley 60kUSS Dennis J Buckley (DD 808), USS Cowell (DD 547) and USS Cushing (DD 797), during a port call in San Francisco, sometime during the 1950's.Robert M. Cieri
Buckley 37kCirca 1950, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Buckley 133kThree views from her Dad's collection of the Buckley during the early 1950's, location unknown.Julie Ronan
Buckley 100kAs above.Julie Ronan
Buckley 113kAs above.Julie Ronan
Buckley 197kJune 14 1958, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Buckley 117kCirca 1961 just after command change at sea on the USS Turner Joy.George Estey
Buckley 162kUSS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) steams with an "honor guard" of four destroyers, as a Change of Command ceremony takes place on her fight deck, 28 November 1962. Captain E.P. Kline relieved Captain G.C. Bullard as the carrier's Commanding Officer during the ceremony, which took place while she was operating in the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. The destroyers, all units of Destroyer Squadron Nineteen, are (at left): USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951); (alongside the carrier): USS Black (DD-666) and USS Dennis J. Buckley (DDR-808). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Buckley 62kPearl Harbor Hawaii, 1968 Richard Leonhardt
Buckley 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Buckley 45kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Buckley 26kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Buckley 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS DENNIS J. BUCKLEY DD-808 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Kinloch Chafee Walpole    Mar 2 1945 - Feb 1946
CDR Arthur Robert Gralla    Feb 1946 - Jun 1947 (Later VADM)
CDR Charles Clark Mann    Jun 1947 - Jun 20 1948 (Later RADM)
CDR Joseph Jarlathe Staley    Jun 20 1948 - Sep 3 1950
CDR Francis Michel Gambacorta    Sep 3 1950 - Aug 1951
CDR Duncan Forbes Francis    Aug 1951 - Apr 25 1953
CDR Robert Edward Paige    Apr 25 1953 - May 27 1955
CDR Arden Eugene Baughman    May 27 1955 - May 1956
CDR Roy Arthur Norelius    May 1956 - May 1958
CDR Harry Clifton Lowe Sr.    May 1958 - Oct 14 1959
CDR William Arthur Simcox    Oct 14 1959 - Feb 1962
CDR Lavern Gerold Wear    Feb 1962 - Feb 1964
CDR Richard James Morin    Feb 1964 - Jun 27 1964
LCDR Robert Hadley Brown    Jun 27 1964 - Sep 28 1964
CDR James Spray Gardner    Sep 28 1964 - Jul 6 1966
CDR George Valentine Eidson    Jul 6 1966 - Sep 12 1968
CDR Arthur George Luskin    Sep 12 1968 - Feb 18 1970
CDR James Carl Froid    Feb 18 1970 - Sep 15 1971
CDR Herbert Joseph Dean    Sep 15 1971 - Feb 14 1973
CDR Vernon Randolph Bussard Jr.    Feb 14 1973 - Apr 27 1973
LCDR Albert Hoyt Mitchell Jr.    Apr 27 1973 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Freddie Goines
Address: 3767 Forest Ln. #124-400, Dallas, TX 75244
Phone: (972) 416-8753
E-mail: weliftit@mindspring.com


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
USS Dennis J. Buckley Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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