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Ship's patch courtesy of Don McGrogan, BMCS USN (ret.)

USS Hammerberg (DE 1015)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - C - R - V
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "College City"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Specifications:
Class: Dealey
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1952 - 53
Number in Class: 3
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,940 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 18' 10" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Squid ASW mortar (none in DE 1015), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Hammerberg (DE 1015) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 November 1953: Keel laid at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me.
  • 20 August 1954: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Moss, mother of Boatswain Hammerberg
  • 02 March 1955: Commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard, Lcdr. Murray E. Draper in command, assigned to the Atlantic Destroyer Force at Newport, R.I.
  • September 1964: Assigned to the newly formed CortRon 8 at Newport, R.I.
  • October 1970: Homeport assignment changed to Naples, Italy
  • October 1973: Homeport assignment changed to Norfolk, Va.
  • 14 December 1973: Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk (D&S Pier 20, with two other units of CortRon 8) after 18.8 years of service; struck from the NVR
  • 18 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y. for $65,141.00
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    Hammerberg 60k Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg was born on 31 May 1920 in Daggett, Michigan. After enlisting in the Navy in July 1941 and receiving recruit training at Great Lakes, Illinois, he served on board USS Idaho (BB 42) and USS Advent (AM 83). Promoted to Coxswain in May 1943 and to Boatswain's Mate, Second Class, in October 1943, Hammerberg attended the Deep Sea Diving School at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., in 1944. He was then assigned to the Pacific Fleet Salvage Force. On 17 February 1945, during salvage operations in Pearl Harbor, he lost his life while heroically working to rescue two fellow divers. Boatswain's Mate Hammerberg was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at that time.

    USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) (1955-1973) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH101647 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Hammerberg 46k 1955, post commissioning Roger W. Kapes
    Hammerberg 84k circa 1957 (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59") Robert Hurst
    Hammerberg 214k 20 September 1962: New York, N.Y. - The trim lines of three destroyer escorts form a striking image along Pier 84. These ships (left to right) USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028), USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) and USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030), are part of a six-ship group visiting the city before going back to sea. Robert M. Cieri
    Hammerberg 253k March 1964: St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands (Photo by Ed Zajkowski) Ed Zajkowski
    Hammerberg 98k August / September 1970: eastbound in the Atlantic - Hammerberg shown making her approach, and then breaking away from Seattle (AOE 3) after refuelling. Seattle pulled into Lisbon, Portugal before we entered the Med and these photos were on the roll just before my photos of Lisbon. Chris Jensen
    RD3, USS Seattle (AOE 3)
    1969 - 1971
    Hammerberg 77k
    Hammerberg 171k
    Hammerberg 33k January 1971, entering Malta Harbor Roger W. Kapes
    Hammerberg 52k January 1971: Valleta, Malta - about to drop anchor Malta Harbor. Notice the trailers on the flight deck and fantail, ITASS in its early trial stage.
    ***Levy*** 79k 18 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of ex-DE's 162, 180, 181, 1015, 1021, and 1022 (Levy, Trumpeter, Straub, Hammerberg, Courtney, and Lester). Ed Zajkowski
         and
    Tim Rizzuto
    Hammerberg 176k 1974: Two photos of Hammerberg in 1974 after she was sold, and ready for scrapping at the Kearny Scrap Yard in South Amboy, N.J. Marc Arsenault
    Hammerberg 250k

    Hammerberg Memorabilia
    Cover from the original
    commissioning program
    Hammerberg
    Courtesy of
    Roger W. Kapes
    Decommissioning Booklet
    14 December 1973
    Hammerberg
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Hammerberg's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  02 Mar. 1955 - 1956Lcdr. Murray Edmond Draper
    2.)  1956 - 1958Lcdr. Michael J. Doyle
    3.)  1958 - 1959Lcdr. Avery Lee Willis
    4.)  1959 - 1960Lcdr. Denis-James J. Downey (ret. as Vadm)
    5.)  1960 - 1961Lcdr. Paul Clinton Boyd (ret. as Radm)
    6.)  1961 - 1963Lcdr. Robert Francis Schniedwind
    7.)  1963 -Jul. 1964Lcdr. Lucien Capone Jr. (ret. as Radm)
    8.)  Jul. 1964 - Jul. 1966Lcdr. Thomas Edward Lukas
    9.)  Jul. 1966 - 1967Lcdr. Siras D. Browning
    10.) 1967 - 1969Lcdr. James Eugene Tedder
    11.) 1969 - 1970Lcdr. Robert Heber Ailes (ret. as Radm.)
    12.) 1970 - Nov. 1971Lcdr. Lawrence G. Anderson
    13.) Nov. 1971- 14 Dec. 1973Lcdr. William Earl Held, Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2013 USS Hammerberg Reunion
    10 - 13 June 2013 at Lancaster, Pa.
    Host: Mark & Eileen Shipe
    Phone: (717)898-8439 (Home), (717) 471-8627 (Cell)
    E-mail: Mark Shipe

    2014 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys, CortRon 8, 10, 14
    5 - 8 September 2014 at Boston, Mass.
    Chairman: Marc Arsenault
    Address: 98 Oxbow Road / Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
    E-mail: marc-a@charter.net
    or
    contact through Newport Dealey link below

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    Additional Resources

    USS Hammerberg Alumni Association
    Home of the Newport Dealeys
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Hammerberg
    USS Hammerberg page on Military.com
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