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USS DAMATO (DD-871)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBHC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BOLO

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 May 10 1945.
Launched November 21 1945 and commissioned April 27 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade February 1964.
Decommissioned September 30 1980.
Stricken October 1 1980.
To Pakistan September 30 1980, renamed Tippu Sultan.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1995.

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Damato 48kAnthony Peter Damato, born 28 March 1922 in Shenandoah, Pa., enlisted in the Marine Corps 8 January 1942. He served in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Algeria, and in the Pacific from 21 May 1943. Corporal Damato was killed in action 19 February 1944 at Eniwetok, when he threw himself on a hand grenade to save the lives of his companions. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this heroic self-sacrifice. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Damato 103kArtist's conception of the Damato in a cutaway view 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
Damato 157kUndated, location unknown.-
Damato 113kUndated, location unknown.Rick Palmer
Damato 195kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Damato 130kUndated, USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) preparing to get underway for her last cruise with the USS Damato (DD-871) inboard.Ed Zajkowski
Damato 34kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships - 1958-59 Edition."Robert Hurst
Damato 154kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Damato 85kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Damato 184kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Damato 143kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Damato 76kUndated, Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands. USS Remey (DD-688), USS Wadleigh (DD-689) and USS Damato (DD-871).Carlos Manuel Estrela
Damato 69kCirca 1950.Morland E Berkman
Damato 84kPhoto #: NH 99871, USS Yellowstone (AD-27) with destroyers and submarines alongside circa 1950. The destroyers are USS Rich (DD-820), Damato (DD-871), and William M. Wood (DD-715). One of the early Guppy conversion submarines is alongside to starboard. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Damato 86kPhoto #: NH 99872, USS Yellowstone (AD-27) with destroyers and submarines alongside circa 1950. The destroyers are USS Rich (DD-820), Damato (DD-871), and William M. Wood (DD-715). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Damato 55kCirca 1951.Marc Piché
Damato 92k1952 in Algiers, (L-R) USS Damato (DD-871), USS Holder (DD-819), USS Rich (DD-820), USS Basilone (DD-824) and USS Wilson (DD-847).Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Damato 129kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Damato 127kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) steaming in formation with Destroyer Squadron 36, during anti-submarine exercises of the Atlantic Fleet's Task Group ALFA, 6 November 1958. The destroyers are ((from top): USS Basilone (DDE-824); USS Damato (DDE-871); USS Robert L. Wilson (DDE-847); USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864); USS Holder (DDE-819) and USS New (DDE-818). Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Damato 98kAt Rotterdam, Holland in 1961.Gerd Matthes
Damato 64kUSS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847) and USS Damato (DD-871) at Gibraltar in September 1961.Gerd Matthes
Damato 71kNorfolk, August 1964.© Richard Leonhardt
Damato 136kGenoa, Italy on May 14 1965.Carlo Martinelli
Damato 197kGenoa, Italy on May 14 1965.Carlo Martinelli
Damato 274kAt Genoa, Italy on May 27 1969 with the USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) in the background.Carlo Martinelli
Damato 85kNorth Atlantic circa 1972.Vince Venincasa
Damato 245kUSS Damato DD-871, February 1972, Naval Photo Center image by PH2 Vincent Neaz. Refueling astern the tanker SS ERMA ELIZABETH with 36 students aboard from the Naval Destroyer School.Ed Zajkowski
Damato 138kA series of 4 images of the Damato in drydock in East Boston in 1973.Vince Venincasa
Damato 135kAs above.Vince Venincasa
Damato 162kAs above.Vince Venincasa
Damato 173kAs above.Vince Venincasa
Damato 154kCirca 1974, preparing to fire a torpedo.Vince Venincasa
Damato 226kCirca 1974, firing a torpedo.Vince Venincasa
Damato 181kCirca 1974, during a Man Overboard drill.Vince Venincasa
Damato 125kCirca 1974, in line for an underway replenishment with the USS Neosho (AO-143).Vince Venincasa
Damato 149kCirca 1974, underway replenishment with the USS Neosho (AO-143).Vince Venincasa
Damato 61kBoston, MA March 1974.Marc Piché
Damato 40kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Damato 50kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Damato 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Damato 72kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Damato 41kShip's Zippo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.

USS DAMATO DD-871 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Irving Stahl Presler    Apr 27 1946 - Dec 1947
CDR Richard Daniel White Jr.    Dec 1947 - Jan 1950
CDR Victor Asle Dybdal    Jan 1950 - Jan 1951 (Later RADM)
CDR William Winfield Meadors    Jan 1951 - Dec 20 1952
CDR Victor Flemming Wadsworth    Dec 20 1952 - Aug 1954
CDR Bernard Andrew Thielges    Apr 1955 - ? 1957
CDR Hal Gill Wynne    ? 1959 - Jul 13 1960
CDR Vincent Louis Cassani Jr.    Jul 13 1960 - Jun 1962
CDR Allan Edward White    Jun 1962 - Apr 1 1963
LCDR Harold Scudder    Apr 1 1963 - May 1963
LT Cornelius James Carmody    May 1963 - Dec 1963
CDR Glen George Macon    Dec 1963 - Sep 1965
CDR Robert Joseph Cardillo    Sep 1965 - Apr 20 1967
CDR Henry Thornton (beau) Dietrich Jr.    Apr 20 1967 - Nov 13 1968
CDR Laurence Thomas (Tyke) Furey    Nov 13 1968 - Jun 30 1970
CDR Ramon Catalin (Ray) Alvarado    Jun 30 1970 - Apr 21 1972
CDR Harry Wagner Konkel    Apr 21 1972 - 1973
CDR William Evans James    1973 - Aug 20 1974
CDR Robert Lawrence Ceres    Aug 20 1974 - Jul 16 1976
CDR Maurice Joseph Bresnahan Jr.    Jul 16 1976 - 1978 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Irving Vickers    1978 - Oct 31 1979
LCDR Philip Allen Smith    Oct 31 1979 - Sep 30 1980

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ronald Anderson
Address: 10460 SW Trannquilway, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone: (503) 682-7020
E-mail: Execflunky@comcast.net
Next Reunion: Columbus, GA - September 16-20, 2012

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Damato website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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