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USS TURNER (DD-834 / DDR-834)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBBE

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GRAND JURY

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 November 13 1944.
Launched April 8 1945 and commissioned June 12 1945.
Reclassified DDR-834 March 18 1949.
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1960.
Reverted to DD-834 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned and Stricken September 26 1969.
Fate Sold October 13 1969 to Southern Materials, New Orleans and broken up for scrap.

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Turner 12kDaniel Turner was probably born at Richmond on Staten Island in 1794 and was appointed a midshipman in the Navy on 1 January 1808. Following brief duty at the New York Naval Station, he served in Constitution on the North Atlantic Station. On 8 June 1812, he received orders to Norwich, Conn., where he took command of the gunboats located there. On 14 March 1813, two days after receiving his com-mission as a lieutenant, Turner was sent to Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., located on the shores of Lake Erie. There, he took command of Niagra, a brig in Oliver Hazard Perry's squadron. However, just before the Battle of Lake Erie, he relinquished command to Capt. Jesse D. Elliott and assumed command of Caledonia. The little brig played an important role in the Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813 because, at one point in the action, her two 24-pounder long guns were the only ones in Perry's flotilla capable of returning the distant fire of the three heaviest British ships then in the process of pounding Perry's flagship Lawrence. For his part in the American victory at Lake Erie, Lt. Turner received the praise of Perry, a vote of thanks and a medal from Congress, and a sword from the state of New York. In the summer of 1814, Turner succeeded to the command of schooner Scorpion, and he cruised Lakes Erie and Huron in her supporting army operations around Detroit and blockading British forces at the Nottawa-saga River and Lake Simcoe. On 6 September 1814, Turner and his command were captured by the British when he brought Scorpion alongside the former American schooner Tigress which, unbeknownst to him, had been captured a few days earlier. After a period of imprisonment at Mackinac, Lt. Turner returned to the United States in exchange for a British prisoner of war. Between 1815 and 1817, Turner cruised the Mediterranean in the frigate Java commanded by his old superior on the Great Lakes, Oliver Hazard Perry. During that deployment, Java visited Algiers and Tripoli in a show of American naval strength calculated to impress the Barbary pirates and intimidate them into honoring their treaties with the United States. In 1817, Java returned to Newport, R.I., to be laid up. Between 1819 and 1824, Turner returned to sea in the schooner Nonsuch attached to a squadron commanded again by Oliver Hazard Perry. In addition to hunting West Indian pirates, his ship sailed up the Orinoco River to carry Perry on a diplomatic mission to the Venezuelan government under Simon Bolivar. During the return downriver, Perry and many of the crew contracted yellow fever. Turner was close at hand when his mentor died at Trinidad on 23 August 1819. During the remaining years of Turner's assignment to Nonsuch, his ship worked along the east coast of the United States, patrolled in the West Indies to suppress piracy, and made a brief cruise to the Mediterranean in 1824. Following shore duty at Boston, Turner returned to sea in 1827 for a three-year assignment with the West India Squadron, as the commanding officer of Erie. In 1830, he came ashore again for three years at the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard. Promoted to captain on 3 March 1835, Turner spent a long period waiting orders before returning to sea in 1839 in command of Constitution. He sailed the Pacific Station in "Old Ironsides," until he was relieved in 1841. From 1843 to 1846, he commanded the American squadron which operated along the Brazilian coast. From that duty, he reported ashore again as Commandant, Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard. Capt. Turner died suddenly on 4 February 1850 at Philadelphia, and he was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Md.Bill Gonyo
Turner 80kUndated, location unknown.Hugh Hudson
Turner 73kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Turner 32kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Turner 45kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Turner 130kJuly 11 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Turner 73kA series of eight photographs taken about 1961 showing what sailors came to know as "Heavy Weather". The eighth photo gives a good view of the size and location of the sonar dome on Sumner/Gearing Class destroyers.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 73kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 77kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 80kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 84kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 74kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 78kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 77kSee above.LCDR Russell J. Larkin USN (Ret)
Turner 290kAt Genoa, Italy on July 19 1961.Carlo Martinelli
Turner 98kUSS Turner (DDR-834), underway circa 1962, after her FRAM II conversion, location unknown. Photo courtesy Mr. W. H. Davis from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Turner 138kFebruary 15 1962 photo by PH2 Antoine, NPC KN-4849.Ed Zajkowski
Turner 44kIn Golfe Juan in July 1965. 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.)
Turner 77kIn the "Bermuda Triangle," coming alongside USS FARRAGUT (DLG-6), early 1967.Ken Dupree
Turner 92kWestern Mediterranean 1968.Marc Piché
Turner 195kAt Genoa, Italy on November 4 1968.Carlo Martinelli
Turner 77kAn interesting newspaper clipping from December 1968 on a little known part of the Cold War.Robert
Turner 152kCirca 1969 postcard view taken in Mayport, FL. Ships include the USS Turner (DD-834), USS Stribling (DD-867), USS Noa (DD-841) and USS Fiske (DD-842).Rich Wersinger, CDR, USNR (Ret.)
Turner 75kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Turner 36kShip's patch.Peter Varley

USS TURNER DD-834 / DDR-834 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ellis Brooks Rittenhouse    Jun 12 1945 - Aug 4 1947
CDR Richard Nott Antrim    Aug 4 1947 - Oct 16 1948 (Later RADM)
CDR Albert Leonard Carlson    Oct 16 1948 - Jul 6 1950
CDR Joseph Seaman Lewis    Jul 6 1950 - Dec 5 1951
CDR Harry William McElwain     Dec 5 1951 - Jul 19 1953
CDR Pemberton Paul Southard     Jul 19 1953 - Jan 4 1955
CDR Charles Wesley Turner III    Jan 4 1955 - Apr 22 1957
CDR Cornelius Emmett McMullen    Apr 22 1957 - Mar 30 1959
LCDR Carl Brooks Ditto    Mar 30 1959 - Aug 19 1960
CDR Garette Ertel Lockee    Aug 19 1960 - Feb 17 1962
CDR Edmund Joseph Stronski    Feb 17 1962 - Aug 23 1963
CDR Calvin Chester Dudley    Aug 23 1963 - Apr 2 1965
CDR John Douglas Callaway Jr.    Apr 2 1965 - Sep 14 1966
CDR Donald Erasmus Pauly    Sep 14 1966 - Aug 23 1968
CDR Armen Chertavian    Aug 23 1968 - Sep 26 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

None Located
Contact Name: Richard L. Shanaberger
Address: 2130 Salisbury St, York PA 17404
Phone: 717-764-3834
E-mail: None


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