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USS Hayter (DE 212 / APD 80)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - U - A - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 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: 15 / 198
Hayter (DE 212) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 August 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 11 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Maurine K. Hayter, widow of Lieutenant Commander Hayter
  • 16 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr Harold H. Theriault in command
  • 22 May 1945: APD conversion commenced at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 01 June 1945: Reclassified APD 80
  • 13 August 1945: Conversion completed
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Annapolis, Md. in company with Furse (DD 882) and Bang (SS 385)
  • 19 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.0 years of service
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 23 July 1967: Transferred (MAP sale) to South Korea, renamed ROKS Chun Nam (PG-86) (struck, scrapped, 1986)
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    Hayter 185k Hubert Montgomery Hayter was born in Abingdon, Va. on 17 October 1901, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1924. In the following years he served in battleship Arizona, destroyer Yarborough, and other ships, taking command of Ramsay (DM 16) in 1939. Lt. Comdr. Hayter was transferred to New Orleans 5 February 1941. and was killed during an action with Japanese forces off Savo Island 30 November 1942. Hayter was serving as damage control officer when New Orleans received a torpedo hit, and as Damage Control Central Station, his battle post, filled with asphyxiating gas, he ordered all men without masks to leave the compartment, giving his own to a partially stricken seaman. After clearing the compartment of all personnel, Lt. Cmdr. Hayter was finally overcome by the fumes. For this extraordinary act of heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Hayter (DE 212 / APD 80) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1924.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Hayter 67k 6 March 1944: Charleston, S.C. - Commissioning day for Hubbard (DE 211) and Hayter. -
    Hayter 46k undated wartime image Joe Bergen

    View the USS Hayter (DE 212 / APD 80) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Hayter's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 16 Mar. 1944 - 30 Nov. 1944Lcdr. Harold John Theriault, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 31 Dec. 1944 - 17 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Frederick Huey, USNR 
    3.) 17 Oct. 1945 - 19 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Elmer Leon Prescott (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion
    2007 at Piscataway NJ
    Contact Name: Joe Bergen (Reunion Organizer)
    Address: 34 Kate Terrace / Piscataway NJ 08854
    Phone: (732) 985-1496
    E-mail: DE212APD80WW2@verizon.net
    Note About Contacts

    Contact information is compiled from various sources over a period of time and may, or may not, be correct. Every effort has been
    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
    Questions section on Navsource's Main Page for that information.


    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, USS Hayter (APD 80)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Hayter
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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