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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

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 years and 8⅓ months 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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    14k 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.

    (Photo from the Medal of Honor Heritage Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    146k undated: the Atlantic Ocean - Port broadside view of USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 81807 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    46k 1955: post commissioning Roger W. Kapes
    84k circa 1957

    (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    194k 23 September 1959: Yorkshire, Great Britain - USS Hammerberg off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, on the occasion of the unveiling of the toposcope to commemorate John Paul Jones.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH115836 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    184k 23 September 1959: Yorkshire, Great Britain - The unveiling of John Paul Jones Commemorative Toposcope erected by Bridlington Corporation, at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. Left to right: S. Briggs, Town Clerk, Councilor, Fred Hartley, Chairman Paul Jones Commemoration Sub-Committee, Mrs. Carvill, Mayoress of Bridlington, Rear Admiral Robert W. Cavenagh, U.S. Naval Attaché, Alderman James Carvill, J.P. Mayor of Bridlington, Guard of Honor from the USS Hammerberg.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH115834 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    233k 1961: Panama Canal Zone - The U.S. Navy destroyer escorts USS Cromwell (DE 1014), USS Hammerberg (DE 1015), and USS Courtney (DE 1021) pass through the Pedro Miguel Locks of the Panama Canal.

    (U.S. Navy photo from All Hands Magazine)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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
    253k March 1964: St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands

    (Photo by Ed Zajkowski)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    178k circa 1965: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in 1965 off the south coast of England.

    ( Photo courtesy of Wright and Logan, Southsea, England; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1966 - 67")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    316k circa 1965: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in off the coast of Rhode Island. Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    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
    33k January 1971, entering Malta Harbor Roger W. Kapes
    52k January 1971: Valletta, Malta - about to drop anchor Malta Harbor. Notice the trailers on the flight deck and fantail, ITASS in its early trial stage.
    278k 13 March 1971: Naples, Italy - U.S. Navy ships moored in Naples harbor. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Cascade (AD 16); USS Denebola (AF 56); USS Lester (DE 1022); USS Hammerberg (DE 1015); and USS Courtney (DE 1021).

    (U.S. Navy photo #K-88830 by PHC B.M. Anderson from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    338k April 1972: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in the Mediterranean Sea.

    (U.S. Navy photo #USN 1151376 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    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
    Tim Rizzuto
    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
    Charlton, Mass.

    Hammerberg Memorabilia
    Program Cover
    Courtesy of
    Roger W. Kapes
    Decommissioning Booklet
    14 December 1973
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Hammerberg History
    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 (prior enl. '35) (Albany, Ala.)
    2.)  1956 - 1958Lcdr. Michael J. Doyle
    3.)  1958 - 1959Lcdr. Avery Lee Willis (prior enl. '36) (Rockwood, Tenn.)
    4.)  1959 - 1960Lcdr. Denis-James J. Downey (USNA '46) (New Orleans, La.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    5.)  1960 - 1961Lcdr. Paul Clinton Boyd (USNA '46) (Mt. Orab, Oh.) (ret. as Radm)
    6.)  1961 - 1963Lcdr. Robert Francis Schniedwind (Chicago, Ill.)
    7.)  1963 -Jul. 1964Lcdr. Lucien Capone Jr. (USNA '49) (Bristol, R.I.) (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  Jul. 1964 - Jul. 1966Lcdr. Thomas Edward Lukas (NROTC '51) (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    9.)  Jul. 1966 - 1967Lcdr. Siras D. (Buster) Browning (prior enl. / OCS '53) (Ellison Springs, Tex.)
    10.) 1967 - 1969Lcdr. James Eugene Tedder (prior enl. '50 / OCS '58) (Parker, Fla.)
    11.) 1969 - 1970Lcdr. Robert Heber Ailes (USNA '57) (Arlington, Va.) (ret. as Radm.)
    12.) 1970 - Nov. 1971Lcdr. Lawrence Gustav Anderson (Camden, N.J.)
    13.) Nov. 1971- 14 Dec. 1973Lcdr. William Earl Held Jr. (USNA '59) (Navy Jr., San Diego, Cal.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2022 Reunion for all Newport Based Dealeys
    Escort Squadrons 8, 10, 14

    15 - 18 September 2022 at Baltimore, Md.
    the Washington-Dulles Airport Hilton
    Chairman: Marc Arsenault
    Address: 98 Oxbow Road
    City/State: Charlton MA 01507
    Phone: (508) 248-5072
    E-mail: marc-a at
    contact through Newport Dealey link below
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    Additional Resources

    Hammerberg Family Web Page
    USS Hammerberg Alumni Association
    Home of the Newport Dealeys
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