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|9k||DeWitt Clinton Ramsey was born on 02 October 1888 at Whipple Barracks, Arizona. He graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned Ensign in June 1912. In
1917 he qualified as a naval aviator. During World War I, he was Inspection Officer for United States Naval Air Stations in France, and a member of the Inter-Allied Armistice Commission.
During the interwar period, Ramsey served as a naval aviator on various naval staffs and ships. Reporting on board USS Saratoga (CV 3) in 1938, he was her executive officer
into 1939. Later that year, he headed BuAer's Plans Division, and in 1941 became Assistant Chief of BuAer.
During World War II, he commanded Saratoga up to and during the landings against Guadalcanal, Solomons, in August. For his skillful use of airpower against Japanese naval forces
in the Solomons, he won the Navy Cross. In Saratoga, he next commanded a task force that included a British carrier, HMS Victorious (R38). Ramsey received the
Distinguished Service Medal as Chief of BuAer from 06 August 1943 to 01 June 1945, and a Gold Star as Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 15 January 1946 to 03 January 1948. After commanding
the Pacific Fleet, he served as Commissioner of U.S. Trust Territory in the Pacific, until retiring 01 May 1949. Admiral Ramsey died 07 September 1961 in Philadelphia.
USS Ramsey (DEG 2) was the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|128k||date / location unknown||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|83k||May 1968: Ramsey moored at Pearl Harbor.
(Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
|362k||March 1970: Okinawa - USS Brooke (DEG 1) and USS Ramsey (DEG 2) at the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa. This was before the Ryukyu Islands were returned to Japan. The ships were in port for fuel and supplies. I was not a member of the crew of either ship; I was assigned to the YO-179 which was stationed at White Beach.||Ed Arold|
|141k||28 August 1972: underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
(U.S. Navy Photo #VBP-03229-8-72)
|171k||March 1975: the Gulf of Siam - Taken during Operation Eagle Pull, the ships of TG 76.4 gathered around USS Vega (AF 59) for replenishment. The flagship USS Okinawa (LPH 3), Vancouver (LPD 2), Ramsey (DEG 2) and Meyerkord (DE 1058) are in attendance.||Richard Spring>|
|84k||March 1975: USS Vega (AF 59) and Ramsey during underway replenishment in the Gulf of Tonkin. "This photo was taken by Terry Hedgewood GM3, who was our LSE. We were VERTREP'ing a carrrier - Coral Sea, Hancock or Midway at the same time as Ramsey. The CH-46 pilot was kind enough to invite a few of us aboard for a joyride. I was AvFuels PO and 'bought the gas' for this hop and was aboard the helo when Terry took this photo. Terry made several copies at the Exchange photo lab in Subic and a number of us ended up with this picture". from Doug Decker (EN2 - USS Vega)||Richard Miller>|
BMCS, USNR (ret.)
USS Vega (AF59)
|91k||An undated postcard view of Ramsey as FFG 2. (Postcard © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., Spring Valley,
Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)
Caption reads: U.S.S. Ramsey (FFG-2) "Guided Missile Fast Frigate" Named in honor of Admiral DeWitt Clinton Ramsey, United States Navy, who served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1946 to 1948. The ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. of Seattle, Washington and commissioned on 3 June 1967.
|104k||01 July 1982: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - A view of the AN/SPP-51C (circular), AN/SPS-52D (large block) and AN/SPS-10F radar aboard the Brooke class
guided missile frigate Ramsey.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-10513 by Norman Polmar from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|82k||01 July 1982: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - A view of the AN/SPP-51C (circular), AN/SPS-52D (large block) and AN/SPS-10F radar aboard Ramsey.>|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-82-10514 by Norman Polmar, from the DVIC)
|108k||25 July 1986: at sea - An aerial port bow view of Ramsey underway.>|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-09265 by PH3 Hensley from the DVIC)
|83k||1986: San Francisco, Cal. - Tied up near Fisherman's Wharf||Chris Ronan>|
|View the USS Ramsey (DEG 2) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Ramsey's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 03 Jun. 1967 - 08 Nov. 1968||Cmdr. William Dixon Robertson, Jr. (USNA '47) (Columbia, S.C.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|2.) 08 Nov. 1968 - 10 Jul. 1970||Cmdr. Albert Joseph Ashurst (NROTC '51) (Fontana, Cal.)|
|3.) 10 Jul. 1970 - 08 May 1972||Cmdr. John Murray Leaver, Jr.* (NROTC '55) (Boston, Mass.)|
|4.) 08 May 1972 - .. Aug. 1973||Cmdr. William Wesley Sullivan (USNA '53) (Chicago, Ill.)|
|5.) .. Aug. 1973 - 26 Sep. 1975||Cmdr. Paul D. Abbott|
|6.) 26 Sep. 1975 - 14 Oct. 1977||Cmdr. Charles Irving Cook (USNA '60) (Pasco, Wash.)|
|7.) 14 Oct. 1977 - 18 Aug. 1979||Cmdr. Brian James Hitchborn (USNA '62) (Grand Junction, Colo.)|
|8.) 18 Aug. 1979 - .. Jul. 1981||Cmdr. Todd A. Barthold (OCS '62)|
|9.) .. Jul. 1981 - .. Dec. 1982||Cmdr. Martin D. Stout|
|10.) 22 Dec. 1982 - 15 May 1985||Cmdr. Terrell I. Clark (OCS '64) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|11.) 15 May 1985 - 09 Oct. 1987||Cmdr. Anthony Edward Mitchell|
|12.) 09 Oct. 1987 - 01 Sep. 1988||Cmdr. Charles Edward Mulroy (NROTC '64) (Uvalde, Tex.)|
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