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USS Hanna (DE 449)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - O - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row: Korean Service Medal w/ 5 stars - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Hanna (DE 449) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 March 1944: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 04 July 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William P. Hanna, mother of Private Hanna
  • 27 January 1945: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y., Lcdr. Means Johnston, Jr., in command
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 year and 4 months of service having steamed 55,006 miles
  • 27 January 1947: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 27 December 1950: Recommissioned at San Diego, Cal., Lcdr. W. C. Ward in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 9 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 26 November 1957: Assigned to NRT, 11th Naval District at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 11 December 1959: Decommissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. after 9.0 years of service
  • 01 December 1972: Struck from the NVR after 10 years and 4 months of total service
  • 03 December 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    By And/Or Copyright
    74k undated wartime image David Vanaman
    son of Ens. Clyde Vanaman
    USS Hanna, WWII
    61k undated -
    398k 11 September 1951: USS Hanna operating off the Korean coast.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #80-G-436788 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    543k Korean War Era Image Tim Rizzuto
    Executive Director
    USS Slater (DE 765) Memorial
    793k early 1952: the Western Pacific - Taken on the WestPac / Korean War Cruise of 26 June 1952 to 26 March 1953. The photo shows USS Essex (CV 9) with CVG-5 embarked, consisting of the following squadrons: VF-51 "Screaming Eagles" flying the F9F-2 Panther, VF-172 "Night Owls" flying the F2H-2 Banshee, VF-53 "Blue Knights" in the F4U-4 Corsair, and VF-54 "Hell's Angels" in the AD-2 Skyraider, among others. View shows USS Hanna (DE 449) in the left background Robert M. Cieri
    237k Undated Postwar Image: Hanna is shown passing Point Loma outbound from San Diego. This appears to be a ship portrait from Marine Photos of San Diego, Cal. Navsource
    164k Undated Postwar Image: Hanna is shown entering Pearl Harbor.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 95963 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    242k Undated Postwar Image: Hanna is shown underway slowly off the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 95964 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    245k Undated Postwar Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    ***R.W. Suesens***
    311k 1973: Vallejo, Cal. - 4 DE's (left to right: ex-Gentry DE 349, ex-Kendall C. Campbell DE 443, ex-Hanna DE 449, ex-Richard W. Seusens DE 342), all heading to the scrap yard.
    Photo from the DOD sealed bid offering dated 14 November 1973.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto


    Launch Button
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Hanna History
    View the USS Hanna (DE 449) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Hanna as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Hanna's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1) 27 Jan. 1945 - 31 May 1946Lcdr. Means (Mike) Fernandis Johnston Jr., USN (USNA 39) (Schlater, Miss.) (Ret. as Adm.)
    2.) 27 Dec. 1950 - 20 Feb. 1952Lcdr. William Charles Ward
    3.) .. .... 1955 - .. Jun. 1956Lcdr. Herbert C. Bahner Jr.
    4.) .. Jun. 1956 - .. Feb. 1958Lcdr. John Jerome Herrick (USNA 44) (Superior, Wis.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Hanna
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