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USS Hemminger (DE 746)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - W - N
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Hemminger (DE 746) Building and Operational Data:
  • 8 May 1943: Keel laid by the Western Pipe & Steel Corp., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 12 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Sue Frances Hemminger, widow
  • 30 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr J. R. Bodler, USNR, in command
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 December 1950: Recommissioned at Norfolk, Va.
  • 21 February 1958: Decommissioned at the New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 22 July 1959: Transferred to Thailand, renamed HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1) (still in service as of 2004)
  • 3 September 1974: Stricken from the NVR
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    Hemminger 116k undated wartime image Bud Taylor
    Hemminger 98k WWII photo, looking down on bow Robert Taylor
    Hemminger 66k WWII photo, looking aft toward bridge
    Hemminger 52k Hemminger and USS Tills (DE 748) in drydock, no date or location
    Hemminger 198k undated postwar image, Hemminger off the Virginia coast David Buell
    Hemminger 99k 1959: USS Hemminger shortly after she was turned over to the Royal Thai Navy. Robert Taylor
    Hemminger 51k circa 1960: HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1, ex-USS Hemminger DE 746) at anchor, location unknown. Note crewmen standing at attention along her starboard side. (Official Royal Thai Navy photo; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62") Robert Hurst
    Hemminger 62k HTMS Pinklao (DE-3) underway, circa 1966 / location unknown
    Hemminger 41k 1998: Serving as a training ship with the Royal Thai Navy, Pinklao (413). Bud Taylor
    Hemminger 115k 1 October 2004: Phachunlachomkloa Naval Dockyard - HTMS Pinklao (413) lies moored. Nye Nava
    Hemminger 118k 1 October 2004: Phachunlachomkloa Naval Dockyard - HTMS Pinklao (413) lies moored.

    View the USS Hemminger (DE 746) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: M. Edward Arnold
    Address: 3235 Ames Avenue / Kingman AZ 86401
    Phone: (928) 692-9190

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    Additional Resources

    USS Hemminger Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Hemminger
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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