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USS Hammann (DE 131)

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N - F - D - D
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Hammann (DE 131) Building and Operational Data:
  • 10 July 1942: Keel laid as Lanoley by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 01 August 1942: Name changed to Hammann
  • 13 December 1942: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lilliam Rohde
  • 17 May 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. B. D. deKay in command
  • 10 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 11¾ months of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 December 1973: Sunk as a target off Jacksonville, Fla.
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    165k Charles H. Hammann was born on 16 March 1892 in Baltimore, Maryland and was appointed an Ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps during World War I. On 21 August 1918, while piloting a Navy seaplane near Pola, he landed on the Adriatic Sea to rescue Ensign George H. Ludlow, whose aircraft had been shot down by Austro-Hungarian forces. Though Hammann's plane was not designed for two persons, and despite the risk of enemy attack, he successfully completed the rescue and returned to the base at Porto Corsini, Italy. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this exploit. Ensign Hammann lost his life while serving on active duty at Langley Field, Virginia, on 14 June 1919.

    USS Hammann (DE 131) (1943-1945) was the second ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 412 (1939-1942).

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH79440 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    248k 21 March 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two starboard side views of Hammann taken in misty waters near the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-131 19-N-64204 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)

    (U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-131 19-N-64205 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    56k underway, late 1943 or early 1944. Fay L. Eaton
    101k 30 October 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Hammann (DE 131) is shown in an aerial photo from the starboard side wearing camouflage 32/3D modified. This photo was taken ten miles south of Long Island from an aircraft from Lakehurst NAS.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-286098 from the United States National Archives)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    46k August 1945: View of Hammann from USS Brough (DE 148) near Hawaii. Hammann is painted in camouflage measure 32, and on the horizon two more ships are visible.

    (Photo from the Judson Goodrich Collection)
    John N. Adriani, Sr.
    Shelton, Conn.

    Hammann History
    View the USS Hammann (DE 131) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Hammann's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 May 1943 - 15 Sep. 1943Lcdr. Rodman Drake DeKay, USNR (Comm. CO) (New York City, N.Y.)
    2.) 15 Sep. 1943 - 26 Apr. 1944Lcdr. John D. Miller Jr., USNR
    3.) 26 Apr. 1944 - 21 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Charles Lessington Gould, USNR (Youngstown, Oh.)
    4.) 21 Nov. 1945 - 14 Jan. 1946Lt. Edward L. Pepper, USNR
    5.) 14 Jan. 1946 - 10 May 1946Lt.(jg) David Stewart Alcorn, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Germantown, Pa.)

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    Additional Resources

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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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