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USS HULL (DD-945)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NNRJ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - CLAYBOURNE

CLASS - FORREST SHERMAN As Built.
Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME September 12 1956.
Launched August 10 1957 and commissioned July 3 1958.
Decommissioned July 11 1983.
Stricken November 15 1983.
Berthed at Suisun Bay Calif. awaiting disposal.
Moved to Port Hueneme, April 3 1998.
Fate Sunk as a target 4/7/98.

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Hull 102kOil on canvas painting, 25" by 30" of Captain Isaac Hull , by Samuel L. Waldo (1783-1862) after Gilbert Stuart, 1834. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: KN-10895.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Hull 13kUndated, location unknown.-
Hull 105kUndated, location unknown.-
Hull 26kUndated, location unknown.-
Hull 118kUndated, location unknown.Jerry Hays
Hull 79kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Hull 49kUndated postcard Copyright © Owen Art, Georgetown, ME.Mike Smolinski
Hull 60kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Hull 180kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Hull 117kUSS Du Pont (DD-941) outboard & USS Bigelow (DD-942) at the fitting out pier of Bath Iron Works in 1957. On the building ways are (from right to left) Hull (DD-945), Edson (DD-946) and Somers (DD-947).Robert Hurst
Hull 105kUndated image of the Hull firing her 8"/55 MK 71 gun.Robert Hurst
Hull 129kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hull 143kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hull 91kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hull 132kTaken from the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) during a 1968 WestPac cruise after an accidental breakaway.Reinhard Lindner
Hull 128kPhotographed off the Luzon coast, Phillippines in the seventies. Note of the 8" gun forward. From the website of Karsten Petersen located at http://www.geocities.com/kp_diver/index.htm.Karsten Petersen
Hull 132kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway off the coast of Southern California, 21 October 1971. Photographed by PH1 B.L. Kuykendall, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 115kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway off the coast of Southern California, 21 October 1971. Photographed by PH1 B.L. Kuykendall, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Fred Weiss
Hull 146kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway at sea, July 1973. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 175kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway at sea off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 13 July 1973. Photographed by Chief Photographer's Mate C.C. Curtis. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 82kUSS Hull (DD-945) Seaman Gunner's Mate David W. Jutz greases the gun barrel chase of one of the ship's after 5"/54 Mark 42 gun mounts, 1975. Note rifling inside the gun barrel. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hull 155kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway in the Pacific Ocean, during initial shipboard trials of the Mark 71 8"/55 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun, 17 April 1975. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 146kUSS Hull (DD-945) Underway in the Pacific Ocean, during initial shipboard trials of the Mark 71 8"/55 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun, 17 April 1975. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 125kUSS Hull (DD-945) Hull's experimental 8"/55 Mark 71 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun is test fired for the first time from a ship, during trials off the Southern California coast, 17 April 1975. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 123kUSS Hull (DD-945) Hull's experimental 8"/55 Mark 71 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun undergoes initial shipboard test firings, during trials off the Southern California coast, 17 April 1975. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 130kPhoto #: K-109549: USS Hull (DD-945) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 25 June 1975. Note the ship's Mark 71 8"/55 gun mount forward, and two Mark 42 5"/54 gun mounts aft. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Scott Dyben
Hull 78kPhoto #: K-109550: USS Hull (DD-945) steaming alongside USS Ranger (CVA-61) in the Pacific Ocean, 25 June 1975. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Scott Dyben
Hull 114kUSS Hull (DD-945) Gets underway from Seal Beach, California, to conduct tests of her 8"/55 Mark 71 gun mount off San Clemente Island, 16 September 1975. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Carl R. Begy. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 111kUSS Hull (DD-945) Some of the destroyer's crewmen loading ammunition for her 5"/54 guns, at Naval Base Seal Beach, California, 16 September 1975. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Carl R. Begy. Note the markings on these 70-pound shells. The 24-foot personnel boat on Hull's starboard davits has serial number 24PER721. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 83kUSS Hull (DD-945) Crewmen give the ship a fresh-water washdown, during operations off the Southern California Coast, 16 September 1975. Hull's experimental 8"/55 Mark 71 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun is receiving the hose man's attention in this view. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Carl R. Begy. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 121kUSS Hull (DD-945) The destroyer's 8"/55 Mark 71 Major Caliber Lightweight Gun is test fired off San Clemente Island, California, 17 September 1975. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Carl R. Begy. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hull 63kPusan Harbor, Korea in 1978 with 8 inch semi automatic gun.Larry Lee
Hull 158kUSS Hull DD-945 departing San Diego in late 1978.Richard Stiles
Hull 99kUSS Hull DD-945 in San Diego harbor after removal of her 8" gun. circa 1980.Richard Stiles
Hull 234k980415-N-3612M-003. Southern California, April 15 1988, the last day of the Forrest Sherman-class destroyer ex-USS HULL (DD 945). The HULL was decommissioned on July 11, 1983, stricken from the Navy vessel list on October 15, 1983 and sunk on April 7, 1988, serving as an at-sea target for a naval gunnery exercise off the southern California coast. U.S. Navy photo by: PH1 (NAC) James G. McCarter.Robert M. Cieri
Hull 43kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Hull 40kShip's tile plaque.Tommy Trampp

USS HULL DD-945 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Herbert Hamilton Ries    Jul 3 1958 - Mar 11 1960
CDR William Brockholst Provost    Mar 11 1960 - Mar 23 1962
CDR William Fergus Freely    Mar 23 1962 - Mar 11 1964
CDR Carson Rex Tallent    Mar 11 1964 - Aug 22 1965
CDR Robert Eugene Weeks    Aug 22 1965 - Apr 14 1967
CDR George Andrew Church    Apr 14 1967 - May 2 1969
CDR Frank Nebeker Hannegan    May 2 1969 - Nov 13 1970
CDR Richard Velez Dalton    Nov 13 1970 - Feb 8 1972
CDR Harry Stillman Quast    Feb 8 1972 - Jun 21 1973 (Later RADM)
CDR James Emmett McConville    Jun 21 1973 - Jun 21 1975
CDR Richard Ronald Rager    Jun 21 1975 - May 13 1977
CDR George Thomas Flanagan    May 13 1977 - Aug 17 1979
CDR Raymond Charles Anderson    Aug 17 1979 - Jun 29 1981
CDR Stephen Hunt Howell    Jun 29 1981 - Jul 11 1983

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles Bonsall
Address: 8887 South Ida Lane, Sandy UT 84093-3724
Phone:
E-mail: cabonsall@aol.com


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.


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