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USS NEW (DD-818)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NNEW

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - OASIS

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 Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas April 14 1945.
Launched August 18 1945 and commissioned April 5 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1976.
To South Korea February 23 1977, renamed Taejon.
Fate Decommissioned by Korea February 2001.

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New 53kJohn D. New was born on 12 August 1924 in Mobile, Alabama, and attended St. Joseph's Parochial School and the public schools of that city. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 8 December 1941, the first Mobile man to enlist after Pearl Harbor. On 12 December 1941, he joined the 4th Recruit Battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, and following recruit training served at Quantico, Virginia. In September 1942, Pvt New joined the 4th Replacement Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Training Center, at San Diego, California. He sailed for duty overseas the following month, and took part in the Guadalcanal campaign as a member of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the Division on Guadalcanal. He later took part in the seizure and occupation of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, and in the defense of the airfield in the vicinity of Cape Gloucester. Promoted to private first class in April 1944, he moved from Cape Gloucester to Pavuvu, Russell Islands, to Guadalcanal, and on 15 September 1944 sailed for Peleliu in the Palau Islands. Nine days later, he was killed in action on Peleliu when he flung himself on an enemy hand grenade to save the lives of two comrades. The Medal of Honor, awarded PFC New posthumously, was presented to his father. Initially buried in the U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery on Peleliu, PFC New's remains were reinterred in the Mobile National Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama, in 1948. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
New 80kUndated, location unknown.-
New 41kUndated, at the Naval Station in Guam with the USS Dupont (DD-941).Eli Blanco RM3 ex-crewmember USS Wandank ATA-204
New 50kUndated, probably the FDR as seen from the New.Jerry Stodola
New 44kUndated, USS Rich (DD-820), USS Holder (DD-819) and USS New (DD-818) of DesRon 36.Edward H. Cleary
New 48kUndated postcard.Mike Smolinski
New 23kCirca 1945, location unknown.Rick Palmer
New 94kApril 11 1946 at Consolidated Steel, Orange, Texas.Ed Zajkowski
New 118kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
New 342kShip's party in 1946. Ken's My father, Jim Buchman, served from 1946-48 on the New.Ken Buchman
New 75kVenice, Italy in 1946.Rick Palmer
New 57k1946 in Malta with cruiser USS Juneau (CLAA-19) in background. From the collection of James Buchman.Rick Palmer
New 47kRefueling at sea circa 1947.Jerry Stodola
New 61kAs above.Jerry Stodola
New 68kAs above.Jerry Stodola
New 61kAs above.Jerry Stodola
New 79kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba 6-2-51 to 7-13-51.Maurice Howard
New 20kCirca 1953 as a DDE.Rick Palmer
New 169kTaken in 1953 sent to me Jim Norris who was then a LTJG and disbursing officer.Rick Palmer
New 129kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
New 127kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
New 161kUSS Wasp (CVS-18) in formation with destroyers and aircraft of Anti-submarine Task Group Bravo, in the Mediterranean Sea, 19 August 1961. All escorts are Gearing-class DDEs. The planes overhead from Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 52 (CVSG-52) include ten Grumman S2F-1 Trackers and two Douglas AD-5W Skyraiders. Two Sikorsky HSS-1 Seabat helicopters are flying just above the ships. The destroyer on the far left is USS New (DDE-818), then USS Rich (DDE-820), in front is USS Robert A. Owens (DDE-827). Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: USN 1057640 now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1996.488.053.001.Robert Hurst
New 52kNorfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
New 67kNorfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
New 143kUSS New (DD-818) and USS Eaton (DD-510) during manuevers in the Pacific in 1967.Rick Palmer
New 23kView from torpedo deck in 1967 going thru San Bernadino Straights in Philippines. The USS DuPont (DD-914) ahead and USS Pratt (DLG-13) is farthest ahead.Rick Palmer
New 55kChristmas Eve 1967 in Pearl Harbor by ships photographer FTG 3 Larry Struck of the New. USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13), USS DuPont (DD-941) and USS New (DD-818).Rick Palmer
New 28kOff San Diego in 1967 on way home from Veitnam, probably December 29th.Rick Palmer
New 177kLooking aft over DASH deck January 1968 on way home to Norfolk.Rick Palmer
New 105kUSS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5), USS New (DD-818) and USS Steinaker (DD-863) in August 1972 at Copenhagen, Denmark with USS Intrepid (CVS-11) berthed behind.Jim Converse, Ltjg USNR, USS Intrepid (CVS-11)
New 72kCirca 1972, location unknown.Rick Palmer
New 74kEastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. DD-818 steams with the Kennedy Battle Group southward of Gavdos Island during the Arab - Israeli War in October 1973. The photo was taken from the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim as she shadowed the Battle Group.Eugene Ivkin
New 35kNorwegian Sea circa 1978.Marc Piché
New 51kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
New 46kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
New 19kShip's patch.Rick Palmer

USS NEW DD-818 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Matthew Stelzner Schmidling    Apr 5 1946 - 1947
CDR Clarence Decker    1947 - 1948
CDR Henry Dixon Sturr    1948 - 1949
CDR George Thornhill McDaniel Jr.    1950 - ?
CDR Robert Rennolds Crutchfield    Mar 1953 - May 5 1955 (Later RADM)
CDR Clifford Edson Caton    May 5 1955 - Aug 1957
CDR James Albert Hooper Jr.   1960 - 1961
CDR Warrington Crane Cobb    Dec 7 1963 - Oct 10 1964
CDR William John Doyle    Oct 10 1964 - Jun 26 1965
CDR Harry Dudley Joynton    Jun 26 1965 - Dec 21 1966
CDR Joseph Dunstan Nolan    Dec 21 1966 - Jul 7 1968
CDR Delma Coy Robison Jr.    Jul 7 1968 - Feb 2 1970
CDR Otto William Will III    Feb 2 1970 - Oct 18 1971
CDR Dwight Merle Agnew Jr.    Oct 18 1971 - Sep 11 1973
CDR Detlow Mainch Martinson Jr.    Sep 11 1973 - 1975
LCDR Robert Lawrence Powers    1975 - Jun 18 1976
CDR Harold Jennings Roberson    Jun 18 1976 - Jul 1 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Rick Palmer
Address: 11240 Chapel Rd., Cordova, MD 21625
Phone: (410)363-5277
E-mail: rpalmer@atlanticbb.net


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS New website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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