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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BLACK WIDOW

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 Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY August 3 1944.
Launched January 15 1945 and commissioned April 28 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 24 1982.
To Mexico February 24 1982, renamed Quetzalcoatl.
Fate Decommissioned by Mexico late 2002.
sunk as an artifical reef

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Vogelgesang 94kCarl Theodore Vogelgesang was born on 11 January 1869 at North Branch, Calif. and was appointed a naval cadet (the name at that time applied to young men studying at the Naval Academy) on 6 September 1886. On 6 June 1890, he graduated from the Academy and began active duty on board Alliance as a passed naval cadet. At the completion of his requisite two years of sea duty before final graduation, he was commissioned an ensign on 14 July 1892 to date from 1 July 1892. Successive tours of duty on board Adams and Mohican occupied his time until 1895 when he was ordered to Washington, D.C., for duty in the Bureau of Navigation. Detached from that post on 29 August 1896, Ens. Vogelgesang reported to the gunboat Bancroft on 3 September. That ship remained his home through the Spanish-American War. Vogelgesang served in her during convoy escort missions and on blockade duty off Havana and near the Isle of Pines. Tours of duty in Celtic and at the New York Navy Yard in conjunction with the fitting out of Kentucky (Battleship No. 6) and Wisconsin (Battleship No. 9) followed. On 6 June 1904, he returned to the Bureau of Navigation for a two-year tour of duty as navigator on board Louisiana (Battleship No. 19), during which he attained the rank of lieutenant commander on 1 July 1905. A fifteen-month assignment from June 1906 to September 1907 was followed by his first command, Mayflower. That tour of duty ended in March 1908 when he transferred to Wisconsin as navigator. In May 1909, Lt. Comdr. Vogelgesang reported for duty ashore once more, this time to study at the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. On 2 May 1911, near the end of his assignment at the war college, Vogelgesang was promoted to full commander. On 2 May 1912, he transferred to Wyoming (Battleship No. 32) to fit her out. When she was commissioned, he assumed duty as her executive officer. In late January 1914, Cpmdr. Vogelgesang was ordered to Des Moines (Cruiser No. 15) which he commanded until 23 October. On 21 November 1914, he reported for duty at the Naval War College and remained there until the beginning of 1917, when he became Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet. Just after assuming the duties of that office, he received his promotion to captain, to date from 29 August 1916. In January 1918, Capt. Vogelgesang relinquished his position as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief Asiastic Fleet, and reported to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as senior officer of the American naval commission. On 9 January 1919, Capt. Vogelgesang took charge of the fitting out of Idaho (Battleship No. 42) at Camden, N.J., and assumed command of her when that battleship was placed in commission on 24 March 1919. He commanded Idaho until June 1920 when he became the Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet. A year later, Capt. Vogelgesang became Commandant, 3d Naval District, at New York. That tour of duty lasted until November 1922 when he received orders to organize and lead the United States Naval Mission to Brazil. For the next two years, he and his staff joined their Brazilian counterparts in reorganizing the Brazilian Navy. During his two years in Brazil, he helped to strengthen the warm and enduring friendship between that nation and the United States. Early in that assignment, he was promoted to rear admiral, to date from 16 October 1922. Rear Admiral Vogelgesang completed his mission in South America in January 1925 and returned to the United States on 7 February. On 3 April, he broke his flag in New York (BB-34) and became Commander, Battleship Division 2 of the Scouting Fleet. In June 1926, he was detached from command of Battleship Division 2 and took command of the Light Cruiser Division, Scouting Fleet. That tour of duty was abbreviated when Rear Admiral Vogelgesang entered the Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C., for treatment of a kidney ailment. He died there on 16 February 1927.Bill Gonyo
Vogelgesang 103kUndated, Valetta, Malta.Mike Pizzuto
Vogelgesang 110kUndated, location unknown.-
Vogelgesang 98kUndated, location unknown.-
Vogelgesang 68kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Vogelgesang 130kUndated, USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) preparing to get underway for her last cruise with the USS Damato (DD-871) inboard.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 140kUndated, location unknown.Robert King
Vogelgesang 256kUSS Vogelgesang (DD-862) underway, location unknown. Note SH-3A Sea King with dipping sonar lowered hovering overhead. United States Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Vogelgesang 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Vogelgesang 100kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Vogelgesang 78kUSS Midway (CVB-41) during a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 29 October 1947 to 11 March 1948 anchored at Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy. Nearest to the camera is the Gearing-class destroyer USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) with a Cleveland-class light cruisers visible behind, either USS Manchester (CL-83) or USS Providence (CL-82). Photo by Charles J. Beggy, Jr., ET2, USN (ret.) from USS Midway website.Robert Hurst
Vogelgesang 130k1959 picture of VOGELGESANG before her FRAM conversion while she was still in her all gun and surface torpedo configuration.Captain Vincent Cooke, USN (Ret)
Vogelgesang 46k1959 picture of VOGELGESANG that was used on her Christmas cards beginning in 1959.Ronald B. Kellar
Vogelgesang 146kDecember 1960, "Solant Amity cruise," guests aboard in Freetown, Sierra Leone.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 47kDeck hands, Seaman Chuck Baade, Maurice Lamore and Paul Resnick, scrubbing mattress racks at Charleston in Mid 1961.Robert King
Vogelgesang 97kRobert King GMG3 standing and Hubert Holt GMGSN sitting on the 3 inch 50 Mount in March 1962.Robert King
Vogelgesang 35kGunners working on Aft 3"/50 during March 1962 in the Atlantic. Note the refueling tripod is set up.Robert King
Vogelgesang 47kNew York July 1962.Marc Piché
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1963-1964
Robert King
Vogelgesang 95k(L-R) GMG2 Troxtell, GMG3 King and GMG3 Kerry working on Mount 53 (5"/38) during 1963 in the Atlantic.Robert King
Vogelgesang 118kTaking a break on the fantail somewhere in the Atlantic during 1963.Robert King
Vogelgesang 104kKingston, Jamaica in 1963, Robert is to the right.Robert King
Vogelgesang 114kKingston, Jamaica, Torpedoman Striker Lacky in front of a triple mount during 1963 in Jamaica.Robert King
Vogelgesang 49kRobert standing After Steering Watch during 1963 in the Atlantic.Robert King
Vogelgesang 82kPlane Guarding for the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) during 1963 in the Atlantic..Robert King
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March 1964 photo album - John was a member of the DASH Team at this time.
John Williams
Vogelgesang 65kNorfolk, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Vogelgesang 61kOff DaNang, Vietnam 1967 refueling from the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148).Barry Litchfield
Vogelgesang 58kOff DaNang, Vietnam 1967 refueling from the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148).Barry Litchfield
Vogelgesang 69kOff DaNang, Vietnam 1967 refueling from the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148).Barry Litchfield
Vogelgesang 111kCirca November 1967 - September 1968 in dry dock in La Spezia, Italy to fix a rudder with George in front.George Brock
Vogelgesang 97kCirca November 1967 - September 1968, DASH QH50c operations.George Brock
Vogelgesang 127kCirca November 1967 - September 1968, replenishment by helo.George Brock
Vogelgesang 141kCirca November 1967 - September 1968, as seen from the USS Putnam (DD-757) coming back from Rio.George Brock
Vogelgesang 177kAs above.George Brock
Vogelgesang 84kAs above.George Brock
Vogelgesang 151kRadio Shack Gang circa 1970.Steve Schmidt
Vogelgesang 185kChristmas lights at the D&S Piers, Norfolk, VA in 1970.Steve Schmidt
Vogelgesang 169kCirca 1975, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
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Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1977
Wolfgang Hechler
Vogelgesang 157kNewport, RI in September 1977.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 125kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 122kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 63kMayport Florida, April 1978© Richard Leonhardt
Vogelgesang 74kNewport, RI in 1980.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 114kUSS Newman K. Perry (DD-883) and USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) in Newport, RI circa 1980.Ed Zajkowski
Vogelgesang 256kMist surrounds three docked destroyers. The destroyers are, from left to right: the USS Manley (DD-940), the USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) and the USS Edson (DD-946), April 1 1982. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Vogelgesang 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Vogelgesang 45kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Vogelgesang 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez
Vogelgesang 193kShip's patch.Tommy Trampp
Vogelgesang 246kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
On Mexican Service
Vogelgesang 28kQuetzalcoatl is a deity of the cultures of Central America, the god of women, especially the chichimecas.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Vogelgesang 82k(L-R) USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) and USS John Rodgers (DD-574) in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico in July 2006. The Rodgers is being returned to Mobile Bay for restoration while the Vogelgesang will be sunk as an artificial reef. Photos by the restoration crew who made the trip to Mexico to bring the Rodgers home and strip whatever they could use from the Vogelgesang. The restoration crew muster was Ward Brewer (Captain), Ken Guiles (Number 1), John Donovan (Gunnery Officer), John Nowakowski (Chief Engineer), Sean Quigley (Able Seaman), Jeremy Byers (Able Seaman), Jim Nowak (Chief Photographer's Mate) and Rob Harshbarger (Intel Officer).Tim Rizzuto/Anthony Finchum
Vogelgesang 39kTwo views of the end of the Vogelgesang.Steve Schmidt
Vogelgesang 47kAs above.Steve Schmidt

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Otto William Spahr Jr.    Apr 28 1945 - Jul 10 1946
CDR Gilven Max Slonim    Jul 10 1946 - Jan 17 1947
CDR Edward J. Foster    Jan 17 1947 - Jun 19 1948
CDR Clifford Smith Foster    Jun 19 1948 - Oct 22 1949
CDR Bryan Hooker Smith Jr.    Oct 22 1949 - Oct 4 1951
CDR Raymond Arthur Hundevadt    Oct 4 1951 - Feb 27 1953
CDR David Adrian Dickson    Feb 27 1953 - Dec 5 1954
CDR Stanley Edmund Wagenhals    Dec 5 1954 - Dec 28 1955
CDR William John Rogers Jr.    Dec 28 1955 - Mar 27 1958
CDR Richard George Shutt    Mar 27 1958 - Sep 12 1959
CDR Robert Payton Foreman    Sep 12 1959 - Oct 6 1961
CDR Charles H. Hayden    Oct 6 1961 -Mar 7 1962
LCDR E. R. Holler    Mar 7 1962 - Oct 31 1962
CDR James David Jenkins    Oct 31 1962 - Sep 1 1964
CDR John Henry Fitzgerel    Sep 1 1964 - Dec 23 1965
CDR Robert Anthony Kanak    Dec 23 1965 - Jun 24 1967
CDR Robert Eugene Miale    Jun 24 1967 - Feb 7 1969
CDR Ronald Alistair Campbell    Feb 7 1969 - May 10 1970
CDR George William Mau Jr.    May 10 1970 - Oct 22 1971
CDR Eugene Edward Sheehy    Oct 22 1971 - Jul 6 1973
CDR William Donald Daniels    Jul 6 1973 - Jun 11 1975 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert John Hiebner Jr.    Jun 11 1975 - Jun 19 1977
CDR Ronald Albert Resare    Jun 19 1977 - Dec 21 1979
CDR Robert Irving Vickers    Dec 21 1979 - May 16 1981
CDR Edwin Parmel Nicholson    May 16 1981 - Feb 24 1982

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