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USS Hemminger (DE 746)

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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:
  • 08 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 of Bos'n Cyril Franklin Hemminger
  • 30 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr J. R. Bodler, USNR, in command
  • 17 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and month of service
  • 01 December 1950: Recommissioned at Norfolk, Va., assigned to NRT Training, 5th Naval District
  • 24 November 1957: Arrived at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N. Y. for pre-decommissioning availability
  • 21 February 1958: Decommissioned at the U. S. Naval Supply Depot, Bayonne, N. J. after 7 years and 2⅔ months of service; custody to CO, New York Group, U. S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • 22 July 1959: Transferred to Thailand, renamed HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1) (still in service as of 2004)
  • 03 September 1974: Stricken from the NVR with a total of 9 years and 3 months of service
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    116k undated wartime image Bud Taylor
    98k WWII photo, looking down on bow Robert Taylor
    66k WWII photo, looking aft toward bridge
    52k Hemminger and USS Tills (DE 748) in drydock, no date or location
    198k undated postwar image, Hemminger off the Virginia coast David Buell
    224k 06 August 1959: New York City, N.Y. - Two views of Hemminger following her transfer from the U.S. Navy to Thailand on 22 July 1959. The Bayonne, New Jersey reserve fleet ships of the U.S. Navy are visible at left distance.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #96071 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    99k 1959: USS Hemminger shortly after she was turned over to the Royal Thai Navy. Robert Taylor
    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")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    62k HTMS Pinklao (DE-3) underway, circa 1966 / location unknown
    41k 1998: Serving as a training ship with the Royal Thai Navy, Pinklao (413). Bud Taylor
    115k 01 October 2004: Phachunlachomkloa Naval Dockyard - HTMS Pinklao (413) lies moored. Nye Nava
    118k 01 October 2004: Phachunlachomkloa Naval Dockyard - HTMS Pinklao (413) lies moored.

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

    Hemminger's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  30 May 1944 25 Apr. 1945Lcdr. John R. Bodler, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.)  25 Apr. 1945 18 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Robert Coleman Foster Jr., USNR
    3.)  18 Jan. 1946 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) L. R. Wilkes, USNR
    4.)  Apr. 1946 17 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Milton W. Pixler, USNR
    8.)  .. .... .... .. .... 1953Lcdr. Lonnie Holland Roark, USN
    9.)  no datesLcdr. Earl R. Fox, USN
    10.) .. May 1955 31 Oct. 1956Lcdr. Robert Samuel Hayes, USN (USNA 45)
    11.) 31 Oct. 1956 21 Feb. 1958Lcdr. Lucian M. Cayce, USN (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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

    USS Hemminger Website
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