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USS ERNEST G. SMALL (DD-838 / DDR-838)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBBM

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TEXACO

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 30 1945.
Launched June 14 1945 and commissioned August 21 1945.
Decommissioned January 15 1952 and recommissioned December 2 1952.
Reclassified DDR-838 July 18 1952.
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1961.
Reverted to DD-838 January 1 1969.
Decommissioned and Stricken November 15 1970.
To Taiwan April 13 1971, renamed Fu Yang.
Fate Decommissioned by Taiwan December 1999 and sunk as a target October 8 2003.
9 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Small 8kErnest Gregor Small was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on 5 November 1888. He graduated fom the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign on 7 June 1912. From 1940-1942, he headed the Ordnance and Gunnery Department at the Naval Academy. On 10 April 1942 he assumed command of the heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) and was subsequently awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism for his conning of the cruiser against Japanese surface vessels off Savo Island near Guadalcanal, 11-12 October 1942. From January to August 1943 he served eminently as war plans officer on the staff of the Commander Cruiser Division Five. Rear Admiral Small died in Brooklyn, New York on 27 December 1944.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Small 34kUndated, USS Tortuga escorted the USS Small to Midway after she had a temporary Bow put on. Bow blown off by mine in Korean War.Frank Woodruff, USS TORTUGA LSD-26 1950-53
Small 44kUndated post card image.Al Kaplan
Small 118kCirca 1946, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Small 90kNaples, Italy circa 1948.Marc Piché
Small 121kAlongside USS Leyte (CV-32) to transfer mail, during operations in Korean waters, 17 November 1950. Photographed by R.A. Schrieber, of Combat Photo Unit 3. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Small 112kUnderway going astern, while en route to Kure, Japan, after losing her bow. She hit a mine while operating off North Korea on 7 October 1951, and the damaged bow broke away in heavy seas four days later. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Small 71kShip's bow floats away before sinking. It was damaged when Ernest G. Small hit a mine off North Korea on 7 October 1951, and broke off in heavy seas four days later. Photographed by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Albert Ristan, USN (SC), the ship's Supply Officer at the time. Note that the ship's forward 5"/38 twin gun mount is still in place on the sinking bow. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Small 98kAt Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 21 November 1951, fitted with a temporary bow for transit to the United States to receive permanent repairs. She struck a mine off North Korea on 7 October 1951, resulting in the loss of her original bow and forward 5"/38 gun mount four days later. USS LST-1096 is in the right background, and USS LST-1101 is in the left background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Small 83kLosing her bow after striking a mine off North Korea. She hit the mine on 7 October 1951, and the damaged bow broke away in heavy seas four days later. Photographed from the port side superstructure by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Albert Ristan, USN (SC), the ship's Supply Officer at the time. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Small 145kSeymour D. Owens (DD-767) bow being removed January 22 1952. Photo USN15705.Daniel Dunham
Small 137kNew bow being placed on the Ernest G. Small (DD-838) January 22 1952. Photo USN15706.Daniel Dunham
Small 60kNew bow being placed on the Ernest G. Small (DD-838) January 22 1952. Photo USN15707.Daniel Dunham
Small 87kUSS Ernest G Small DD-838 entering Keelung, Formosa harbor Fall 1953, taken from USS O'Brien DD-725.Roy C Thomas
Small 124kYokosuka, Japan 1955.Richard Bailey
Small 139kYokosuka, Japan 1955.Richard Bailey
Small 167kAugust 21 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Small 37kTaken Fall 1962 from the 01 deck of the Earnest G. Small (DDR-838) of a burial at sea after having a shipmate fall overboard. Small Boats from three ships searched for him for 2 days.Jack W Flowers
Small 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
Small Circa 1963-1967, USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) leading the USS Rupertus (DD-851) and the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836).Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Small 198kCirca 1963-1967, USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) with the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) coming alongside.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Small 199kAs above.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Small 202kAs above.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Small 223kDuring her 1964-65 WestPac deployment as seen from the USS Ranger (CVA-61).John Slaughter
Small 225kAs above.John Slaughter
Small 92k650101-N-0000F-004. 1965 Sailors aboard USS Small (DDR 838) clear the deck of 5-inch .38 caliber shell casings. Small fired more than 25,000 rounds of ammunition in support of U.S. and Republic of Vietnam forces. (All Hands magazine photo by: Naval Historical Center, January 2002, pg. 47.)Bill Gonyo
Small 45kHong Kong, April 20 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Small 89kPhoto by LT Richard Dawson, USNR, USS Renville (APA-227) in Hong Kong in 1966.Richard Dawson
Small 103kYokosuka Japan, June 1966. Higbee DD-806 and Orleck DD-886 Alongside © Richard Leonhardt
Small 69kUSS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) October 1967 Northwest of Hawaii.Larry Backus
Small 53kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Small 81kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Taiwanese Service
Small 37kNewsphoto of the sinking, October 8 2003, Southwest small Ryukyu Islands sea area.-
Small 44kNewsphoto of the sinking, October 8 2003, Southwest small Ryukyu Islands sea area.-

USS ERNEST G. SMALL DD-838 / DDR-838 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Dana McGrath    Aug 21 1945 - Aug 1947
CDR William Roy Barnes    Aug 1947 - Mar 1949
CDR Franklin Clifford Snow    Mar 1949 - 1951
CDR Robert Leslie Neyman    1951 - Jan 15 1952
(Decommissioned Jan 15 1952 - Dec 2 1952)
CDR Millard John Smith    Dec 2 1952 - Oct 1954
CDR William McKenzie Braybrook    Oct 1954 - 1956
CDR Richard Dryden Mugg    1956 - May 1958
CDR William Creagh Dozier Jr.    May 1958 - Aug 28 1959
CDR Charles Harvin Carroll    Aug 28 1959 - Jan 5 1961
CDR Alan Jarman Kaye    Jan 5 1961 - Apr 29 1961
CDR Joe E. Chambliss    Apr 29 1961 - 1962
CDR Theodore Rogness Johnson III    1962 - Jun 1964
CDR Meredith Allen Smith    Jun 1964 - Mar 22 1966
CDR Fred T. Berry    Mar 22 1966 - 1967
CDR Donald Vincent Gorman    1967 - May 15 1968
CDR Robert Ellis Mann    May 15 1968 - Oct 25 1969
CDR John Philip Cromwell Jr.    Oct 25 1969 - Nov 15 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Johnnie Ludwig
Address: 804 Tablerock Way, Lewisville, TX 75077
Phone: (972)221-3344
E-mail: None


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