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|28k||Jack Hill Camp was born to Robert Burr and Olive (Hill) Camp in Jennings, La. on 27 August 1916. The family later moved to Port Arthur, Texas where Jack grew up. Jack
Camp graduated from Port Arthur High School in 1934. He then attended the University of Texas where he graduated with a law degree. Jack enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Flight
Training V-5 program as a Seaman 2/c (NSN:407-48-15) on 20 January 1941 in Dallas, Tex. He reported to the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Base (NRAB), Atlanta, Ga. on 20 March 1941 for
his elimination phase training. He successfully completed this training and was discharged to home to await further orders.
He received a letter from the Secretary of the Navy in May 1941 offering entry into the Flight Training Program with corresponding orders to active duty for flight training if he accepted. He accepted the orders and was transferred to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla. on 21 May 1941. He was discharged from enlisted status on 11 Jun 1941 to accept appointment as an Aviation Cadet on 12 June 1941. That appointment, according to Navy records, was effective on 02 June 1941. He was awarded his naval aviator wings about November 1941, and he was commissioned an Ensign, USNR, on 29 December 1941. After some additional operational training, Ensign Camp was assigned to Patrol Squadron (PATRON) Forty-Four (VP-44).
Patrol Squadron Forty-Four (VP-44) departed from the Naval Air Station, Alameda, Cal. for Pearl Harbor, T.H., in two divisions of six planes each. The first of these left the United States on 26 March 1942. The second, because of unfavorable weather, delayed its departure until 12 April. Ordered to Midway for extended operations, PATRON 44 arrived at Eastern Island on the 22nd of May and began long range reconnaissance flights on 27 May in anticipation of a Japanese attempt to capture Midway Island. During the first few days of June 1942, the VP-23 and VP-44 PBYs based at Midway flew long patrols over the trackless ocean, searching for signs of enemy shipping. Then on 03 June came the first surface contact reports from the VP-23 PBY searchers. The following day, 04 June 1942, pilot Lt. (j.g.) Robert S. Whitman and his PBY-5A Catalina from VP-44 were airborne again when he reported contact at 0925 with enemy ships (probably the Japanese Occupation Force), antiaircraft fire, and that his aircraft was being "opposed by two enemy observation planes." Japanese Mitsubishi F1M2 Type 0 float planes from the seaplane carrier Chitose had attacked Lt.(jg) Whitman's Catalina about 340 miles west of Midway. (CONTINUED....)
USS Camp (DE 251) (1943-1971) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo posted by Patti Johnson to the Find-A-Grave)
Commander, USN (ret.)
|361k||02 April 1944: New York, N.Y. - USS Camp (DE 251) off the New York Navy Yard on Sunday, 02 April.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91557 and NH 91558, Courtesy of A.D. Baker III, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|336k||25 April 1945: Boston, Mass. - USS Camp (DE 251) off the Boston Navy Yard on Wednesday, 25 April 1945, following rearming with 5"/38 guns. She was
the only FMR class DE to get these guns.|
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91560 and NH 91559, Courtesy of A.D. Baker III, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|109k||25 April 1945: Boston, Mass. - USS Camp (DE 251) off the Boston Navy Yard, following rearming with 5"/38 guns. She was the only FMR class DE to get these guns.|
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 91559 from the collection of A.D. Baker III, Naval History and Heritage Command)
England, United Kingdom
|147k||31 July 1956, Recommissioning ceremony||Gary Bee EN3|
|85k||As DER 251, undated|
|103k||floating dry-dock, undated|
|197k||July 1964: Boston Harbor
(These five photos © Richard Leonhardt)
|50k||28 July 1965: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - USS Kretchmer (DER 329),
Camp, and USS Hissem (DER 400) mooring at Pearl Harbor Naval Station. All three
ships left Newport, R.I. on Wednesday 07 July 1965 headed for Operation Market Time in South Vietnam.
(U.S. Navy Photo by Robert L. Ziesler PH3)
|Allan M. Wilson|
USS Kretchmer (DER329)
1964 - 1968
|249k||1968: location unknown - USS Camp (DER 251) underway.
(Official U.S. Navy photo by Lt T. S. Storek)
England, United Kingdom
|42k||Off the coast of Oahu about 1970||Dennis Clark|
|38k||In the South Vietnamese Navy as Tran Hung Dao (HQ-1), undated||William Toohey|
|15k||ex-USS Camp as HQVN Tran Hung Dao (HQ-1), undated||Bang Le|
|113k||Republic of Vietnam Navy HQ-1 Tran Hung Dao, undated||Thanh Duong|
|15k||In the Philippine Navy as the BRP Rajah Lakandula (PS-4), undated||Joe Radigan|
Archives Manager, Navsource
|70k||20 April 1990: The ex-BRP Rajah Lakandula (PS-4) awaiting her scrapping.||Edison Sy|
|Ship's Reunion Patch
|View the USS Camp (DE 251) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Camp as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Camp's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Sep 1943 - .. Jun. 1944||Cmdr. Preston Baker Mavor, USCG (Comm. CO)|
|2.) .. Jun. 1944 – 17 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. Russell Randolph Waesche Jr., USCG (USNA ‘36) (ret. as Radm.)|
|3.) 17 Aug. 1945 – 01 May 1946||Lcdr. Julian J. Shingler, USCG|
|4.) 31 Jul. 1956 - .. Jul. 1957||Lcdr. Frank Clyde Dunham Jr., USN (USNA '42) (Navy Jr./Portsmouth, N.H.)|
|5.) ~1959||Cmdr. Norbert Anthony Reike, USN|
|6.) 01 Jul. 1961 - .. Jul. 1962||Lcdr. Robert Parker Hilton, USN (prior enl., NROTC) (DeKalb County, Ga.) ( ret. as Radm.)|
|7.) 22 Jun. 1964 – 16 Dec. 1966||Lcdr. Frank Nebeker Hannegan, USN (USNA '52) (Arlington, Va.)|
|8.) 16 Dec. 1966 - .. Jun. 1968||Lcdr. Paul Donald Butcher, USN (enl. '48, OCS '53) (Barboursville, W.V.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|9.) .. Jun. 1968 - .. Dec. 1969||Lcdr. James Clarington Gilbert, USN (prior enl.) (Covington, Va.)|
|10.) .. Dec. 1969 – 13 Feb' 1971||Lcdr. Berton Aldrich Robbins III (Decomm. CO) (USNA ‘58) (Alexandria, Va.)|
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