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USS STEINAKER (DD-863 / DDR-863)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBFR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TOM BOY

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 Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY September 1 1944.
Launched February 13 1945 and commissioned May 26 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade March 1965.
Decommissioned and Stricken February 24 1982.
To Mexico February 24 1982, renamed Netzahualcoyotl.
Fate Still active in Mexican Navy as of June 21 2005.

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-Donald B. Steinaker was born in Syracuse, New York on 15 September 1922. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on 20 March 1941. He served his basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Deport on Parris Island, South Carolina. He attended advance training at Quantico, Virginia, before he was shipped to the South Pacific. During the Solomons campaign, Private First Class Steinaker was killed in action at the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal, on 9 October 1942, when his unit was attacked during a heavy Japanese offensive. The small group of marines fought furiously against the overwhelming enemy forces and exacted a tremendous toll. Steinaker refused to be dislodged from his position and died at his post. Steinaker was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry in action.Robert M. Cieri
Steinaker 98kUndated, location unknown.-
Steinaker 62kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Steinaker 49kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Steinaker 24kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Steinaker 26kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Steinaker 44kUndated, location unknown.Marty Mustin
Steinaker 57kUndated, departing San Juan, PR.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Executive Officer 1974-1976
Steinaker 75kUndated, San Juan, PR.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Executive Officer 1974-1976
Steinaker 85kUSS Elokomin (AO-55) refueling USS Steinaker (DD-863), date and place unknown. US Navy photo.Edward H. Cleary
Steinaker 84kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Steinaker 74kJune 13 1945, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Steinaker 150kOctober 1945, location unknown.David Buell
Steinaker 140kApril, 1946 photo of the Steinaker refueling from the USS Chemung (AO-30). Essex class aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV-37) and an unidentified cruiser are off to starboard.-
Steinaker 58k1951 Med Cruise.Paul Heiland
Steinaker 157kUSS Steinaker (DD-863) in the North Atlantic in 1951. The photo was taken from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42). Photo taken by Don Savercool, USN, CVB-42 photo lab. U.S. Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Steinaker 82kMonaco April 12 1955.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Executive Officer 1974-1976
Steinaker 191kMay 26 1955 in Norfolk.Ed Zajkowski
Steinaker 39kNorfolk 1956Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Executive Officer 1974-1976
Steinaker 91kUSS Compton (DD-705), USS Steinaker (DD-863), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Davis (DD-937) in Naples, Italy May 1962.Jack C. Sofield
Steinaker 157kUSS Steinaker (DD-863) at Genoa, Italy May 24 1962.Carlo Martinelli
Steinaker 173kBoston Navy Yard, probably 1963. Viewed from the USS Keppler (DD-765).Ed Zajkowski
Steinaker 155kEntering the inner harbor at Taranto, Italy, December 21 1963.Joe Tucker
Steinaker 154kEntering the harbor at Valetta, Malta, February 12 1964.Joe Tucker
Steinaker 170kUSS Steinaker (DD-863) and USS Furse (DD-882)at Genoa, Italy on January 5 1966.Carlo Martinelli
Steinaker   Steinaker   Steinaker   Steinaker
Change of Command pamphlet - August 8 1967
Wolfgang Hechler
Steinaker   Steinaker   Steinaker   Steinaker
Steinaker   Steinaker
Change of Command pamphlet - July 31 1969
Wolfgang Hechler
Steinaker 159kUSS Steinaker firing ASROC during NATO Seapower Review, August 1971CAPT James Willenbrink, CO 1970-1971
Steinaker 55k1971 Med Cruise.CAPT James Willenbrink, CO 1970-1971
Steinaker 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)
Steinaker 105kThe attached picture was sold in the ships store when I purchased it. I believe it was taken while we were transiting Chesapeake Bay during the fall of 1974.Robert Schlehr, ETC, USNR-R (Ret)
Steinaker 156kAs she and USS Cecil departed Newport (I think). They were taken in summer of 1979 enroute to an ASW exercise in the Caribbean, taken from USS Cecil (DD-835).Howard P. Thomas ETCS (SS)(SW) USN (Ret)
Steinaker 142kAs above.Howard P. Thomas ETCS (SS)(SW) USN (Ret)
Steinaker 73kNorth Atlantic circa late 1970's.Marc Piché
Steinaker 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Steinaker 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Steinaker 269kShip's patch circa 1962-1964.Joe Tucker
On Mexican Service
Steinaker 44kNezahualcoyotl (1402-1472) was the monarch of the city-state of Texcoco in Ancient Mexico. Born on April 28 (according to other sources, 4 February), 1402, in Texcoco (now a city in the State of Mexico), in present day Mexico, and died in 1472. He was the son of the sixth Lord of the Chichimecs ("dark flowers"), lord of the city of Texcoco, and Mexican Princess Matlalcihuatzin, daughter of the Aztec tlatoani [a word that literally means "speaker," but was applied to the ruler of an "altepetl," a pre-Hispanic state] Huitzilihuitl, second Lord of Tenochtitlan.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Steinaker 142kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Steinaker 76kAs the Mexican Netzahualcoyotl (E-04) in Acapulco January 1991.Marc Piché
Steinaker 82kPacific Ocean, June 21 2005, the Mexican Navy destroyer ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102), ex-USS Steinaker (DD-863), comes alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a Passing Exercise off the coast of California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class John S. Lill (# 050621-N-1281L-016).Fabio Peña
Steinaker 118kPacific Ocean, June 21 2005, the Mexican Navy destroyer ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102), ex-USS Steinaker (DD-863). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Christopher D. Blachly.Fabio Peña
Steinaker 79kPacific Ocean, June 21 2005, the Mexican Navy destroyer ARM Netzahualcoyotl (D-102), ex-USS Steinaker (DD-863). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Christopher D. Blachly.Fabio Peña

USS STEINAKER DD-863 / DDR-863 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Samuel Aldo McCornock    May 26 1945 - Aug 2 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR William Joseph Dimitrijevic    Aug 2 1947 - Jul 24 1949
CDR Jackson Hunter Raymer    Jul 24 1949 - Nov 14 1950
CDR William Andrew Hunt Jr.    Nov 14 1950 - Nov 14 1951
CDR Allen Boulden Register    Nov 14 1951 - Jul 1 1952
(Decommissioned Jul 1 1952 - Feb 28 1953)
CDR Elphege Alfred Mailhot Gendreau, Jr.    Feb 28 1953 - Nov 1954
CDR Almer Paul Colvin     Nov 1954 - Aug 1956
CDR Marlin Claude Hydinger    Aug 1956 - Jul 1958
CDR Gordon Anthony Van Riper    Jul 1958 - Nov 1959
CDR Herbert Julian Brown    Nov 1959 - May 1961
CDR John Whipp Davis    May 1961 - Oct 1962
CDR William McGovern    Oct 1962 - 1964
CDR Bert Milton Atkinson Jr.    1964 - Aug 12 1965
CAPT John Joseph Tice III    Aug 12 1965 - Aug 8 1967
CDR Harold Howard Sacks    Aug 8 1967 - Jul 31 1969
CDR William Clyde Earl    Jul 31 1969 - Apr 25 1970
CDR James Frederick Willenbrink    Apr 28 1970 - Sep 28 1971
CDR Robert Sheridan Swan    Sep 28 1971 - Feb 16 1973
CDR Donald Wayne Whiting    Feb 16 1973 - Dec 1974
CDR George Philipps    Dec 1974 - Dec 15 1976
CDR Albert Eugene Rieder    Dec 15 1976 - 1978 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Edward Johannesen    1978 - Dec 29 1980
CDR Richard Ernest Seaman    Dec 29 1980 - Feb 24 1982

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