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USS O'HARE (DD-889 / DDR-889)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBIM

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

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; Westinghouse 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. January 27 1945.
Launched June 22 1945 and commissioned November 29 1945.
Decommissioned Jan 3 1953 and recommissioned Sep 1 1953.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1963.
Decommissioned October 31 1973.
Stricken June 2 1975.
Sold to Spain May 17 1978.
Loaned to Spain renamed Méndez Núñez (D63).
Decommissioned April 3 1992.
Fate Stricken February 14 1992 and scrapped.

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[1] 39k

[2] 153k

[3] 111k

[4] 91k
[1] Second from right, front row: LT Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare, first Navy Ace in WW2 and Medal of Honor recipient: on February 20, 1942, he shot down five Japanese bombers and probably saved Lexington. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, he was later Commander, Air Group Six aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6). He was reported as MIA in November 1943 and declared dead one year later. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he earned a Navy Cross and other awards. Destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) was named after him. For more about this amazing photo and the people it contains go to our page for the USS Lexington (CV-2).

[2] Photo #: 208-PU-14842. Lieutenant Edward Henry ("Butch") O'Hare, USN, seated in the cockpit of his Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighter, circa spring 1942. The plane is marked with five Japanese flags, representing the five enemy bombers he was credited with shooting down as they attempted to attack USS Lexington (CV-2) northeast of the Solomon Islands on 20 February 1942. The censor has blanked out the Fighting Squadron Three "Felix the Cat" insignia below the windshield. Photograph from the Office of War Information collection in the U.S. National Archives.

[3] Lt. Edward H. O'Hare from Life Magazine in 1942, photo by Ralph Morse.

[4] "Butch" O'Hare's section aboard USS Independence on 6 Sept 1943. Left to Right: Alex Vraciu (Buth's wingman), Butch O'Hare, Sy Mendenhall and A. Willy Callan. (Note: Alex Vraciu was the leading Navy Ace until shot down over Luzon and spent several months with the guerillas. He is listed as the Navy's # 4 Ace with 19 victories)
[1] Hugh Stratford, VF-3, 1941-1942

[2-3] Bill Gonyo

[4] Mark Maxwell
O'Hare 176kUndated, location unknown.-
O'Hare 111kUndated, two Piasecki HRP-2 (BuNo 111831 and 111832; only five HRP-2's were built) and three HRP-1 Rescuers, HMX-1, on the flight deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112). Destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) is steaming alongside.Pieter Bakels
O'Hare 101kUndated, Piasecki HRP-2's and HRP-1's Rescuers, HMX-1 squadron, on the flight deck of USS Siboney (CVE-112). Note destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) astern of Siboney and a blimp in flight in the background.Pieter Bakels
O'Hare 117kUndated, a Piasecki HRP-1 takes off from USS Siboney (CVE-112), while two HRP-2's await their turn on the flight deck. Destroyer USS O'Hare (DD-889) is steaming astern of Siboney.Pieter Bakels
O'Hare 80kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
O'Hare 84kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
O'Hare 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
O'Hare 131kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
O'Hare 185kMarch 1947 at Brooklyn, NY.Ed Zajkowski
O'Hare 74kUnderway at Norfolk Navy Yard, September 19 1953Robert Hurst
O'Hare 193kAugust 16 1954, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
O'Hare 112k1961, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
O'Hare 69kUSS O'Hare (DD 889) completed her FRAM-I modernization in Dec. 1963 and was later fitted with an ULQ-6 ECM (active) system. This required the rebuilding of her electronics mast (the short lattice mast atop the DASH hangar), as can be seen in this March 1970 photo taken in Barcelona, Spain. The destroyer alongside is USS Conyngham (DDG 17).Fabio Peña
O'Hare 83kNorfolk, VA May 25 1966.Marc Piché
O'Hare 142kWestPac (Vietnam) cruise of 1966.Don Sullivan
O'Hare 109kWestPac (Vietnam) cruise of 1966.Don Sullivan
O'Hare 130kWestPac (Vietnam) cruise of 1966.Don Sullivan
O'Hare 106kWestPac (Vietnam) cruise of 1966.Don Sullivan
O'Hare 64kWestPac (Vietnam) cruise of 1966.Don Sullivan
O'Hare 129kUSS O Hare arriving in Mombasa, Kenya in April 1968.John Evans
O'Hare 261kUSS O'Hare (DD-889) arriving in Genoa on May 27 1969 with the French (F-774) in the background departing and the USS William R. Rush (DD-714) and USS Brownson (DD-868) arriving.Carlo Martinelli
O'Hare 279kUSS O'Hare (DD-889) arriving in Genoa on May 27 1969.Carlo Martinelli
O'Hare 90kCirca 1970, in St. Paul's Bay, Malta.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET./Ski Gowitzke
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Commissioning/Decommissioning pamphlet - October 31 1973
Wolfgang Hechler
O'Hare 49kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
O'Hare 181kShip's plaque.LCDR Charles Robert Carlson (Ret.)
On Spanish Service
O'Hare 40kCasto Méndez Núñez, born in Vigo, 1 July 1824 and died in Pontevedra, 21 August 1869. Spanish sailor, Rear Admiral in the Spanish Royal Navy and a hero in the Spanish-South American War [Pacific War, 1865-1866].Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
O'Hare 182kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez/Robert Hurst
O'Hare 196kMendez Nunez (ex-USS O'Hare, DD-889) underway in Chesapeake Bay, in 1973. Photo taken by Jose Simo.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez/Robert Hurst
O'Hare 111kAs D 63, starboard bow view, moored almost exactly in the same place, but seven years later (Jan. 15, 1977) and flying the Spanish flag, her electronics mast can be seen in greater detail. Two more ex-US warships are in the background: the submarine Almirante García de los Reyes (S 31) --ex-USS Kraken (SS 370)-- and the destroyer Churruca (D 61) --ex-USS Eugene A. Greene (DD 711)--; note that the Churruca is fitted with an SPS-40 air search radar, whereas Méndez Núñez has an SPS-29.Fabio Peña
O'Hare 83kAs D 63, starboard quarter view, superstructure detail is lost against the background clutter but a few hull features are noticeable in this Jan. 15, 1977, photo taken in Barcelona, Spain: moderate sheer forward, slight sheer aft, starboard propeller guard.Fabio Peña
O'Hare 75kThree Spanish warships seen during a port call to Barcelona, Spain, on 23 January 1983. From left to right: the Fletcher-class destroyer Jorge Juan (D 25), ex-USS McGowan (DD 678); the Gearing-class destroyer Méndez Núñez (D 63), ex-USS O'Hare (DD 889); and the guided missile frigate Asturias (F 74). As an example of warship growth, Fletchers and Gearings were large "destroyers" by World War II standards, but a "frigate" designed in the 1960s, such as the Asturias, was noticeably larger.Fabio Peña
O'Hare 14kCoat of arms for the Spanish DesRon 11, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS O'Hare (DD-889), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Noa (DD-841).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez

USS O'HARE DD-889 / DDR-889 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert William Leach    Nov 29 1945 - Mar 25 1947

CDR William Smith Howell    Mar 25 1947 - Mar 20 1948

CDR Rodney Jenkins Badger    Mar 20 1948 - Mar 24 1950

CDR James Lindsey Arrington II    Mar 24 1950 - Oct 30 1951

CDR Oscar David MacMillan    Oct 30 1951 - Jan 3 1953

(Decommissioned Jan 3 1953 - Sep 1 1953)

CDR William Reese Hunnicutt Jr.    Sep 1 1953 - Sep 22 1955

CDR Henry Grady Reaves Jr.    Sep 22 1955 - Jul 22 1957

CDR Donald Roberts Williams    Jul 22 1957 - Aug 21 1958

CDR George Austin Gardes    Aug 21 1958 - Aug 9 1960

CDR Boyd Edgar Gustafson    Aug 9 1960 - Aug 11 1961

CDR Frank Walter Clift III    Aug 11 1961 - Mar 1 1963

LCDR Henry Chester Jameson    Mar 1 1963 - Sep 30 1963

CDR Floyd Davis Bowdey    Sep 30 1963 - Apr 3 1965

CDR Ernest Joseph Chuilli    Apr 3 1965 - Sep 10 1966

CDR Donald James Krejcarek    Sep 10 1966 - Jun 4 1968

CDR Morton M. Golde    Jun 4 1968 - Nov 14 1969

CDR Robert Benjamin (Pete) Meeks Jr.    Nov 14 1969 - Oct 16 1970

CDR Paul Edward Sutherland Jr.    Oct 16 1970 - Apr 28 1972 (Later RADM)

CDR Paul Clinton Lown    Apr 28 1972 - Oct 31 1973

Commanding Officers under Spanish Command
Thanks to Fabio Peña and Ministerio de Defensa de España, Gabinete del AJEMA

CdF Francisco Obrador Serra    Oct 31 1973 - Aug 1 1975

CdF Jose Maria Maza Daben    Aug 1 1975 - Feb 1 1977

CdF Jose Pinero Martinez    Feb 1 1977 - Dec 2 1978 (Later VADM)

CdF Jose Luis Tato Tejedor    Dec 2 1978 - Jun 2 1980

CdF Jose Perez Ortiz    Jun 2 1980 - Jun 2 1981

CdF Juan Gonzalez-Aller Balseyro    Jun 2 1981 - Jun 2 1982 (Later RADM)

CdF Cristobal Lopez-Cortijo Gonzalez-Aller    Jun 2 1982 - Dec 2 1983

CdF Alejandro Cuerda Ortega    Dec 2 1983 - Jun 3 1985

CdF Manuel Fernandez Rivera    Jun 3 1985 - Dec 4 1986

CdF Jose Antonio Zea Salgueiro    Dec 4 1986 - Mar 1 1988 (Later ADM)

CdF Miguel Fernandez Fernandez    Mar 1 1988 - Aug 28 1989 (Later ADM)

CdF Porfirio Moreno Sierra    Aug 28 1989 - Feb 22 1991 (Later VADM)

CdF Tomas Gonzalez Gonzalez    Feb 22 1991 - Apr 3 1992

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Stanley Sobczynski
Address: 7412 Roxbury Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109-3038
Phone: (703)361-6843
E-mail: None

Mid-Western Group
Contact Name: Rich Johnson
Address: 2656 South Marlan Ave, Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-887-8821

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
US O'Hare website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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