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USS ORLECK (DD-886)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBIG

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STAGE DOOR

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 Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. November 28 1944.
Launched May 12 1945 and commissioned September 15 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1963.
Decommissioned October 1 1982 in Tacoma, WA.
Stricken August 6 1987.
To Turkey October 1 1982, renamed Yucetepe.
Fate Arrived at Lake Charles, LA as a memorial on May 20 2010.
Opened as a museum to the public in April 10 2011.

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Orleck 19kJoseph Orleck was born on 22 January 1906 at Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 23 June 1924. Rising through the enlisted ranks, he was warranted Boatswain on 14 December 1938. He was appointed Ensign on 15 June 1942. He assumed command of USS Nauset (AT–89) on 28 May 1943, with the rank of Lieutenant. LT Orleck went down with his ship after a Luftwaffe bomber attack in the Gulf of Salerno on 9 September 1943. A recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for rescue work during the Casablanca invasion, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous firefighting and flood control efforts to prevent total loss of his ship during the Salerno assault.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Orleck 19kUndated, location unknown.-
Orleck 50kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Orleck 50kUndated, USS Orleck in Vung Tau, South Vietnam as seen from Australian LSM Harry Chauvel.Dave Perham
Orleck 95kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Orleck 210kUndated, location unknown. USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) and USS Orleck (DD-886) refuel from the USS Kawishiwi (AO-146). USN photo 1039817.David Buell
Orleck 61kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 112kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 117kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 156kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 128kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Orleck 137kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Orleck 149kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Orleck 120kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Orleck 32kSeptember 20, 1945, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 29kCirca 1950's in Hawaii.Tommy Trampp
Orleck 91kUSS Orleck (DD-886) in heavy seas, in the 1950s. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Myles C. Fox DD-829 veteran's website.Robert Hurst
Orleck 105kSan Diego, CA 1951.Marc Piché
Orleck 94kIn drydock in Pearl Harbor October 1951Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 109kUSS Perkins (DDR-877) leading other ships of Destroyer Division Eleven, Pacific Fleet, circa 1954-1955. The next ship astern is USS Orleck (DD-886). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Orleck 96kUSS Orleck (DD-886) steaming near the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CVA-38), circa 1956. Shangri-La, with assigned Air Task Group 3 (ATG-3), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 5 January to 23 June 1956. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) 1956 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Orleck 166kThe carrier Philippine Sea (CVS-47) refuels the destroyer USS Orleck (DD 886) in May 1957. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Orleck 127kJune 29 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Orleck 66kUSS Orleck (DD-886), USS Bridget (DE-1024) and USCG Winnebago (W-40) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Orleck 75kUSS Orleck (DD-886) and USS Bridget (DE-1024) in Yokosuka, Fall 1959.Derick Hartshorn
Orleck 106kUSS Orleck (DD-886) passing Point Loma, California (USA), in 1964. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Orleck Cruisebook 1964-1966.Robert Hurst
Orleck 199kMarch 1966, firing on a Viet Cong stronghold near Vung Tau, at the mouth of the Saigon River. Photo by J. L. Means, NPC K-31267.Ed Zajkowski
Orleck 205kUSS Orleck (DD-886) and the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) from Ticonderoga's 1966-1967 Cruise Book.Gene McCallister
Orleck 55k1968 WestPac cruise book.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Orleck 94kPossibly off coast of California 1970.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 216kAt sea September 1970.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 86kLeaving San Francisco November 1970.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 25kSan Francisco July 1972.Marc Piché
Orleck 160kWellington, NZ, November 20 1972.Chris Howell
Orleck 38kSeattle September 1979.Marc Piché
Orleck 141kDN-SN-84-01185. Crew members of the destroyer USS ORLECK (DD 886) disembark from their ship for the last time during the combined decommissioning and transfer ceremony. After decommissioning, the ship will be transferred to the Turkish Navy and renamed the TCG YUCETEPE (D-345). The ORLECK is the last World War II era destroyer in the Pacific Fleet. Photo taken in Tacoma, WA October 1 1982.Bill Gonyo
Orleck 52kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Orleck 40kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Orleck 43kShip's plaque from USS Turner Joy Memorial in 2004.Robert Hall
Orleck 63kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
On Turkish Service
Orleck 63kUndated, location unknown.Murat Kurtulmus
Orleck 115kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 81kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 55kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 26kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 35kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 61kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 138kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 29kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 82kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 62kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 27kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 86kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 88kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 63kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 76kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 78kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 49kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 78kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 129kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Orleck 91kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Orleck 100kUndated, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Orleck 172kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 66kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 84kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 62kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 75kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 127kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 118kIn Taranto, Italy in 1983.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 54kCPO Tayfun Gunduz on the brow of the Yucetepe at Port Poyraz, Turkey circa 1985.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 32kThe Turkish Yucetepe (ex-USS Orleck, DD-886) closing to refuel from RFA Grey Rover, Mediterranean, May 1986.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 19kAs Turkish YUCETEPE D-345, bow view departing Toulon, France, Nov. 1987.Marc Piché
Orleck 30k As Turkish YUCETEPE D-345, stern view arriving Barcelona, Nov.7, 1987.Marc Piché
Orleck 33kTCG Yücetepe D345 firing her ASROC weapon during Deniz Kurdu Exercises in the Aegean Sea in the 1990's.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 68kTCG Zafer (D-356)/USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) and TCG Yücetepe(D-355)/USS Orleck (DD-886) in the Izmir, Turkey dry dock in the 1990's.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Orleck 60kThe ship's plaque.Cüneyt Demir
Orleck 84kThe ship's patch.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
As a Museum in Orange, Texas
Orleck 134kThe following 5 pictures are from Orleck's Arrival and Return Home ceremony held August 12 2000 in Orange, Texas across from where her keel was laid on November 24, 1944 at Consolidated Steel Shipyard. This shot is of the bridge area.Bill Nicholas
Orleck 134kThe bow area.Bill Nicholas
Orleck 150kThe ceremonial color guard.Bill Nicholas
Orleck 146kThe deck ceremony.Bill Nicholas
Orleck 138kThe fantail area.Bill Nicholas
Orleck 64kOn September 21 2002 CDR Ray Davis USNR who was the Commanding Officer of a Reserve Unit for CDS-6 took a series of interior photos of the Orleck as members of his unit worked aboard the ship. This view is from Gun Plot of the analog computer.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 78kAs above, Gun Plot.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 79kAs above, Gun Plot - electrical swithboard.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 82kAs above, Gun Plot - firing mechanism.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 110kAs above, Gun Plot - switches.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 104kAs above, Mess Decks.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 145kAs above, Pilot House.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 113kAs above, Plot House - helm and lee helm control.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 117kAs above, Sick Bay.CDR Ray Davis USNR
Orleck 38kMuseum ship USS Orleck (DD-886) tied up at her moorings on Lake Charles, LA. Photo courtesy of HNSA (Historical Naval Ships Association).Robert Hurst
Orleck 84kMuseum ship USS Orleck (DD-886) tied up at her moorings at the Arkansas Inland Museum at Little Rock, LA., on October 3 2002.Robert Hurst
Orleck 129kUSS Orleck (DD-886) as museum ship aground after Hurricane Rita at Orange, Texas on 5 October 2005. After decommissioning Orleck was transferred to Turkey in 1987. On 12 August 2000, the Turkish government transferred the destroyer to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation at Orange, Texas, for use as a memorial and museum under her old name, USS Orleck. When Hurricane Rita stuck the Texas coast in September 2005, Orleck was severely damaged. After repairs, Orleck was ready to return to her pier at Ochiltree-Inman Park; however, the City of Orange refused to allow her to return. Orleck was temporarily relocated to Levingston Island, but is now moored north of Orange Harbor Island at 30° 5'25.10"N 93°43'57.74"W.Robert Hurst
As a Museum in Lake Charles, LA
Orleck 134kUSS Orleck (DD-886) at her temporary berth in Lake Charles, LA, shortly after arrival from Orange, TX. The ship will remain at this berth until a decision is made on her possible permanent placement on Lake Charles as a museum ship.RMCS(SW) Jim Babin, USN(Ret.)

USS ORLECK DD-886 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Douglas Andrew    Sep 15 1945 - Dec 1 1946
CDR Homer Howard Nielsen    Dec 1 1946 - Jun 1947
CDR James T. Lay    Jun 1947 - Nov 1948
CDR Harry Hull    Nov 1948 - Feb 9 1950 (Later RADM)
CDR Cyril Fox    Feb 9 1950 - Aug 22 1950
CDR Donald Martin Granstrom    Aug 22 1950 - Jun 1952
CDR Edgar Louis Yates    Jun 1952 - Jan 1954
CDR Thomas Chapin Buell    Jan 1954 - Dec 1955
CDR Theodore Lawrence Balis    Dec 1955 - Sep 1957
CDR Clay Harrold    Sep 1957 - Sep 1959
CDR Edward Beverly Herndon III    Sep 1959 - Nov 1961
CDR George David Quinn Jr.    Nov 1961 - Dec 1962
CDR James Gordon Holbrook    Dec 1962 - Jul 1 1963
CDR Charles Pinkney Tesh    Jul 1 1963 - Nov 19 1964 (Later RADM)
CDR Edward Herman Heuer    Nov 19 1964 - Mar 19 1966
CDR Frank George Zinsler    Mar 19 1966 - Sep 15 1967
CDR Richard Owen Gooden    Sep 15 1967 - Jul 8 1969
CDR Stephen Ames Wise    Jul 8 1969 - Jul 1971
CDR Raymond William Hine    Jul 1971 - Feb 1 1973
CDR Thomas John Harper    Feb 1 1973 - Feb 2 1975
CDR Kenneth John Warden    Feb 2 1975 - Sep 8 1976
CDR Robert Emmett Sheridan    Sep 8 1976 - Sep 30 1978
CDR Warren Boyd Jackson Jr.    Sep 30 1976 - Jul 11 1981
CDR Helmut Alexander Torok    Jul 11 1981 - Oct 1 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert L. Orleck
Address: P.O. BOX 174, RANDOLPH, VT 05060
Phone: 802-728-9806
E-mail: orleckb@quest-net.com

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Contact Name: USS ORLECK Naval Museum, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 4470, Lake Charles, LA 70606-4470
Phone: (337)433-4083
E-mail: info@orleck.org

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 Orleck (DD-886) Association website
USS Orleck (DD-886) Museum website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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