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|69k||Joseph Timothy O'Callahan was born on 14 May 1905 at Boston, Mass. and joined the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church in 1922. After graduation from
preparatory school, he subsequently received degrees from several institutions of higher learning. Ordained in 1934, he was a Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics at Boston
College between 1929-37, Professor of Philosophy at the Jesuit Seminary of Weston College in 1937-38 and Director of the Mathematics Department at Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass.
Father O'Callahan was commissioned as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps in August 1940. He was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. in 1940-42, to the aircraft carrier Ranger in 1942-44 and to the Naval Air Stations at Alameda, Cal. and Pearl Harbor, Hi. into early 1945. Lcdr O'Callahan joined the the aircraft carrier Franklin in early March 1945. A few weeks later, when his ship was badly damaged by a Japanese air attack, he distinguished himself comforting the injured and leading damage control and ammunition jettisoning parties. The ship's Commanding Officer described O'Callahan as "the bravest man I ever saw". For his heroism on board Franklin, Lcdr O'Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Promoted to the rank of Commander in July 1945, O'Callahan served at the Navy Department and at the Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I. until October 1945, when he reported on board the new aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1946, he served as Escort Chaplain as the body of the late Philippines President Manuel Quezon was carried from the United States to Manila. Released from active duty in November 1946, Commander O'Callahan returned to Holy Cross College as Professor of Philosophy. Upon his retirement from the Naval Reserve in November 1953, he was advanced to the rank of Captain on the basis of his combat awards. Joseph O'Callahan died at Worcester, Mass. on 18 March 1964.
USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) (1968-1989) was the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-K-5003-B from the US Naval Historical Center)
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|92k||date / location unknown||Wendell R. McLaughlin Jr.|
|60k||August 1968: At sea off the Virginia Coast - en route to her homeport of San Diego, Cal. after being commissioned on 13 July 1968 in Boston, Mass. This photo shows the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) in her original configuration, without the sliding hangar bay that was installed later, post 1972.||Bill Scroggins, GMG1|
|212k||20 October 1968: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Bow view of the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) docked at Vancouver.
(Photograph by Walter E. Frost) (Photo #AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7260.1 from the City of Vancouver Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|171k||1970: Subic Bay PI - O'Callahan, taken as she passed USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) while entering port.||William P. Jones, M.D.|
former Medical Officer
USS Niagara Falls AFS 3
|89k||1974 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
(Photos © Karsten Petersen)
|436k||15 October 1982: At sea - Aerial port bow view of O'Callahan underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-07601 by PHAN Mellendorf from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|511k||30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - O'Callahan passes Point Loma as she returns to her homeport of San Diego.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09151 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
|458k||30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - An aerial stern view of O'Callahan as sailors prepare to man the rails as she enters the bay returning to her homeport.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09154 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
|594k||30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, the first ship in the Navy to honor Captain Joseph Timothy O'Callahan,
as she passes Naval Air Station North Island as she returns to her homeport.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNSC-04-09153 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
|587k||30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, as she passes the San Diego Convention Center and Marina as she returns to her homeport.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09150 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
|565k||30 August 1988: San Diego, Cal. - Sailors man the rails of O'Callahan, as she passes under the Coronado Bridge on her return to homeport.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-04-09152 by PH2 Self from the DVIC)
|95k||08 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Vice Admiral Robert K.U. Kihune, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; shakes hands with
Jamshaid A. Marker, Pakistani's ambassador to the U.S., following the official transfer of former U.S. Navy ships, the Guided Missile Frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1) and the
Frigate USS O'Callahan (FF 1051), to the Pakistani navy. Brooke will be commissioned as PNS Khaibar (D 163) while O'Callahan will
become PNS Aslat (F 265).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-06021 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
|169k||08 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - Pakistani naval officers and crewmen assemble for the ceremony during which the former U.S. Navy ships,
the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1) and the frigate USS O'Callahan (FF 1051), will be transferred to the Pakistani navy.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-89-06019 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
|148k||8 February 1989: Naval Station San Diego, Cal. - The Pakistani navy ships PNS Aslat (F-265), left, and PNS Khaibar (D-163) lay
tied up at a pier following their commissioning. The Aslat and Khaibar, formerly the frigate O'Callahan and the guided missile frigate
USS Brooke (FFG 1), respectively, are being leased to the government of Pakistan for five years.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DNST9003785 by PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
Robert M. Cieri
|View the USS O'Callahan (DE 1051) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|O'Callahan's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 13 Jul. 1968 - 12 Dec. 1969||Cmdr. Robert L. Brown (OCS '51) (Birmingham, Ala.)|
|2.) 12 Dec. 1969 - 13 May 1971||Cmdr. John Alfred Coiner|
|3.) 13 May 1971 - 21 Jul. 1972||Cmdr. Marvin Gilford (Jack) Smith, Jr.|
|4.) 21 Jul. 1972 - 18 Jan. 1974||Cmdr. William Carl Dunham|
|5.) 18 Jan. 1974 - 06 Oct. 1975||Cmdr. Fred Wilkin Bailey|
|6.) 06 Oct. 1975 - 11 Oct. 1977||Cmdr. Clarence E. McRight, Jr.|
|7.) 11 Oct. 1977 - 19 Oct. 1979||Cmdr. Joseph Charles Strasser (USNA '63) (Camden, N.J.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) 19 Oct. 1979 - 10 Oct. 1981||Cmdr. Robert Terrell Bunnell (Memphis, Tenn.)|
|9.) 10 Oct. 1981 - 15 Jul. 1983||Cmdr. Frederick M. Frick (Wickensburg, Ariz.)|
|10.) 15 Jul. 1983 - 16 Aug. 1985||Cmdr. Mark Chester Skoog (OCS '65) (St. Paul, Minn.)|
|11.) 16 Aug. 1985 - 15 Aug. 1987||Cmdr. Leslie Wilsdon Hewett|
|12.) 15 Aug. 1987 - 20 Dec. 1988||Cmdr. Gary Werner Schnurrpusch (Mundelin, Ill.)|
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