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|8k||Joseph Metcalf Hissem was born 31 December 1917 in Mt. Carroll, Ill., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 9 January 1941. Following flight training he was
appointed Ensign 30 August 1941. Though he was assigned to a patrol squadron in Hawaii, Ensign Hissem volunteered for temporary duty with Torpedo Squadron 8. Thus he found himself at
a turning point in history, the Battle of Midway, 4-5 June 1942. In the first attack in the pivotal battle between carrier fleets, Hissem and his squadron took off from Hornet,
and without fighter protection pressed home an attack on the Japanese carriers. Enduring a withering fire the aircraft maintained the offensive until all were shot down. Although no ships
were sunk in the gallant attack, they diverted air cover and forced a re-arming of Japanese planes which brought victory for the U.S. fleet. Ensign Hissem was posthumously awarded the Navy
Cross and the Purple Heart for his heroism. He is listed Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii.
USS Hissem (DE 400) (1944-1970) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo from Steve Hissem)
|Bill GonyoDowney, Cal.|
|97k||undated wartime image||DESA Archives|
|139k||from "All Hands" magazine, circa 1956||Stanley Svec|
|67k||17 January 1957||-|
|89k||undated, but more than likely prior to her transfer to Pearl Harbor||Carlos Manuel Estrela
Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
|165k||July 1964: Charlestown, Mass. - Hissem in drydock at the Boston Naval Shipyard. She's undergoing overhaul prior to departing for her homeport change to Pearl Harbor.||Gary Taibbi
SK1, USN (ret.)
|50k||28 July 1965: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - USS Kretchmer (DER 329),
USS Camp (DER 251), and Hissem (DER 400) mooring at Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
All three ships left Newport, R.I. on Wednesday 7 July 1965 headed for Operation Market Time in South Vietnam.
(U.S. Navy Photo by PH3 Robert L. Ziesler)
|Allan M. Wilson
1964 - 1968
|79k||1967: Pearl Harbor||Ramon Jackson|
|75k||date / location unknown||Bob Hurst
England, United Kingdom
|244k||30 September 1981: The former radar picket destroyer escort Hissem (DER-400) at anchor as target ship. At right is the British nuclear-powered
attack submarine HMS Courageous (S50) as the submarine makes assessments of the Harpoon missile damage aboard Hissem during testing.
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#DN-SC-82-09014 by Lewis Mitchell, USN, from U.S. Defense Imagery)
|Viet Nam Cruise
|1965-66 Viet Nam
|View the USS Hissem (DE 400) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Hissem's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 13 Jan. 1944 - 23 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. William Whittemore Low, USNR (Comm. CO) (New Haven, Conn.)|
|2.) 23 Nov. 1945 – 09 Apr. 1946||Lt. Ralph Martin Stair (USNA '43) (Knoxville, Tenn.)|
|3.) 09 Apr. 1946 – 01 Jun. 1946||Lt. Robert Kenneth Gess (USNA '44) (Milwaukee, Wis.)|
|4.) 01 Jun. 1946 – 05 Jun. 1946||Ens. Albin Alex Mikolatis (Decomm. CO)|
|5.) 31 Aug. 1958 - 17 Nov. 1958||Lcdr. Jack Lions Wohler (Recomm. CO) (USNA '44) (Portsmouth, Oh.)|
|6.) 17 Nov. 1958 - 04 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Delbert David Grantham (USNA '47) (Albuquerque, N.M.)|
|7.) 04 Jun. 1960 - 28 Sep. 1961||Lcdr. Daniel Joseph Costello|
|8.) 28 Sep. 1961 - 15 Feb. 1963||Lcdr. Richard John Dermody|
|9.) 15 Feb. 1963 - 10 Dec. 1964||Lcdr. Richard Kern Fontaine (USNA '51) (Minneapolis, Minn,) (ret. as Radm.)|
|10.) 10 Dec. 1964 - 15 Dec. 1966||Lt. Ronald Irwin Dean|
|11.) 15 Dec. 1966 - 04 Oct. 1968||Cmdr. James Alden Barber, Jr. (Poplar Bluff, Mo.)|
|12.) 04 Oct. 1968 - 15 May 1970||Cmdr. Morton (Jim) Egner Toole (Decomm. CO) (Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.) (ret. as Radm.)|
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