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USS SARSFIELD (DD-837)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBBK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CHAMP

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 January 15 1945.
Launched May 27 1945 and commissioned July 31 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken October 1 1977.
To Taiwan October 1 1977, renamed Te Yang.
Reclassified as Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-925.
Fate Decommissioned April 1 2005 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Sarsfield 60kEugene S. Sarsfield was born in Brooklyn, New York on 19 April 1902 He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1922. Upon his graduation on 3 June 1926, he was commissioned ensign. He then served in USS Nevada (BB-36), USS New York (BB-34), and USS Hannibal (AG-1), before receiving submarine instruction in 1929 and torpedo training in 1930. During the next four years, he served successively in USS Greer (DD-145), USS Argonne (AP-4), and USS Constitution. Following duty with the 3d Naval District, he joined USS Badger (DD-126) in July 1935, and returned to the New York in September 1937. He instructed naval reservists in the 3d Naval District for two years before reporting to USS Kearny (DD-432) on 10 June 1940 to serve as executive officer and navigator. He was commended by the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, for "Leadership, personal courage and ingenuity in solving the many problems arising under adverse conditions" when the Kearny was torpedoed off Iceland on 17 October 1941. Given command of USS McCormick (DD-223) on 8 December 1941, he was detached in September 1942, to supervise the outfitting of USS Maddox (DD-622) and he assumed command at her commissioning on 3 October 1942. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct as commanding officer of the Maddox when she attacked and probably sank an enemy submarine on 6 May 1943. While acting as an escort for an Atlantic convoy, the destroyer made contact with the submerged enemy submarine. Lt. Comdr. Sarsfleld took prompt and effective action and, with great skill, delivered two accurate depth charge attacks. The submarine was damaged by the first attack; and, after the second attack, it appeared briefly on the surface upside down. As a result of these attacks, which demonstrated Sarsfield's thorough training and sound decision, the submarine was sunk. Reported missing on 10 July 1943 and officially presumed dead on the next day, Comdr. Sarsfield was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and cited for extraordinary heroism as commanding officer of Maddox during the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943. After the assault troops landed at Gela, Lt. Comdr. Sarsfield, in the face of terrific aerial bombardment, maintained alert and accurate direction of gunfire until Maddox was attacked by a German JU-88 Luftwaffe bomber. The aircraft dropped four 250-pound bombs. Two landed in the water and two hit the fantail and detonated the powder magazine. He remained on board supervising the abandonment of the rapidly sinking ship (the Maddox sank in 90 seconds) and helped greatly to save the lives of 9 officers and 65 men of the 284 on board.Robert M. Cieri/John Barrett
Sarsfield 89kArtist's conception of the Sarsfield 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
Sarsfield 90kUndated, location unknown.-
Sarsfield 60kUndated, location unknown.-
Sarsfield 234kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Sarsfield 159kUndated, USS Sarsfield (DD-837) in dry-dock. USN photo.Robert Hurst
Sarsfield 132kAugust 23 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Sarsfield 176kAugust 23 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Sarsfield 67kUSS Sarsfield (DD-837) off Boston, Massachusetts, on 23 August 1945. She wears camouflage Measure 22. Official U.S. Navy photograph # 19-N-87330.Robert Hurst
Sarsfield 207kChristmas postcard from Havana, Cuba circa 1946-1947. From the collection of Bob Casto.Debi (Casto) Sanders
Sarsfield 65kPhoto #: NH 93206. Captain Arleigh A. Burke, USN (center) on board USS Sarsfield (DD-837) during an anti-submarine demonstration off Key West, Florida, on 23 February 1950. He is talking with Captain Charles E. Weakley (at left) and Air Force General J.T. McNarney (at right). Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Sarsfield 148kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), in the foreground and USS Sarsfield (DD-837) Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern, and is over-running the impact area. Note that she carries only one twin 5"/38 gun mount forward. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Sarsfield 30kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), in the foreground and USS Sarsfield (DD-837) Taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has fired a dual Hedgehoge pattern.Fred Weiss
Sarsfield 121kUSS Epperson (DDE-719), center and USS Sarsfield (DD-837), at right Dropping depth charges during anti-submarine warfare exercises, 15 June 1950. Sarsfield has also fired her "K-Gun" depth charge projectors, making vertical smoke trails (aft of the ship) and impact splashes to port and starboard. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Sarsfield 178kUSS Sarsfield (DD-837) tied-up pierside. The photograph shows President Harry S. Truman and members of his vacation party leaving the dock at Key West, Florida, on 21 March 1951, following their return from a voyage to Fort Jefferson on the USS Sarsfield. Photographer unknown. From the National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. Truman Library. Catalogued under the ARC Identifier (NARA identifier) 200608.Robert Hurst
Sarsfield 96kKey West, FL 1959.Marc Piché
Sarsfield 59kOff Norfolk in 1967.David McCormick
Sarsfield 104kAs aboveDavid McCormick
Sarsfield 81kKey West Florida, where the Sarsfield was home ported, probably July 4th.David McCormick
Sarsfield 55kAt Barcelona, Spain, in the summer of 1973. From left to right: the guided missile destroyer leader/frigate (later cruiser) USS Dale (DLG 19, later CG 19); the guided missile destroyers USS Conyngham (DDG 17) and USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23), the destroyer escort (later frigate) USS Elmer Montgomery (DE 1082, later FF 1082), and the destroyers USS Glennon (DD 840) and USS Sarsfield (DD 837). Photo by Isidoro Cenera.Fabio Peña
Sarsfield 183kSeptember 30 1975, the Mediterranean Sea, Kithira Strait. The USS Sarsfield arrived at the anchorage with other American warships after the Operation Deep Express - 75 Naval Exercise. As seen from the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim.Eugene Ivkin
Sarsfield 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Taiwanese Service
Sarsfield 131kUndated, location unknown.Michael from Taiwan
Sarsfield 71kTaiwanese destroyer Te Yang (ex-USS Sarsfield, DD-837) underway June 11 1992, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Sarsfield 96kSarsfield in Keelung Harbor on July 13 2003.Michael from Taiwan
Sarsfield 127kA series of 4 views of the Sarsfield in Keelung Harbor on January 5 205 prepratory to heading to Kaohsiung for decommisssioning.Michael from Taiwan
Sarsfield 101kAs above.Michael from Taiwan
Sarsfield 115kAs above.Michael from Taiwan
Sarsfield 102kAs above.Michael from Taiwan

USS SARSFIELD DD-837 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Hepburn Alcott Pierce    Jul 31 1945 - May 27 1946
CDR Frank Rowell Putnam    May 27 1946 - Jan 23 1948
CDR James Bizzell Grady    Jan 23 1948 - Jun 24 1949
CDR Heydon Forbes Wells    Jun 24 1949 - Mar 31 1951
CDR Capers Gamewell Barr Jr.    Mar 31 1951 - Feb 6 1953
CDR Richard Edward Johnson    Feb 6 1953 - Dec 18 1954
CDR Robert Frederick Menge    Dec 25 1954 - Feb 25 1957
CDR Robert Gray Tower    Feb 25 1957 - Oct 18 1958
CDR Alwyn Smith Jr.    Oct 18 1958 - Aug 18 1960
CDR Raymond Edward Davis    Aug 18 1960 - 1962
LCDR Archie James Updike    1962 - 1963
CDR James Herbert Agles    1963 - 1965
CDR Thomas King Ives    1965 - 1966
CDR James Egerton Myrick    1966 - Mar 3 1969
CDR Ralph Jacob Reeder    Mar 3 1969 - 1971
CDR Edward Humphrey (Ted) Monroe Jr.    1971 - Jul 1972
CDR John Laverne Felderman    Jul 1972 - 1973
CDR Morton Howard Hanson    1973 - 1974
LCDR Leo Glennon Mays    1974 - May 16 1976
CDR John Timothy O'Brien Jr.    May 16 1976 - Mar 3 1977
CDR Gordon Scott    Mar 3 1977 - Oct 1 1977

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Emery L. Spirko
Address: 2 Marcus Court, South River NJ 08882
Phone: (732) 254-5895
E-mail: theretiredman@comcast.net


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