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Hambleton (DD 455)
ex-DMS-20



DMS-20 call sign:
November - India - Xray - Zulu

ex-DD-455


Gleaves Class Destroyer/Ellyson Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 December 1940 at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ
  • Launched 26 September 1941
  • Commissioned USS Hambleton (DD-455), 22 December 1941
  • Reclassified and converted to a High Speed Minesweeper, DMS-20, 15 November 1944
  • Reclassified back to a Destroyer, DD-455, decommissioned 15 January 1955 at Charleston, SC and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Texas Group, Orange, TX
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 June 1971
  • Sold for scrap 22 November 1972.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,630 t.(lt), 2,575 t.(fl)
  • Length 348' 3"
  • Beam 36' 1"
  • Draft 13' 9"
  • Speed 37.4 kts.
  • Complement 272
  • Armament: Three 5"/38 mounts and two quad 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 50,000shp turbines (Port turbine - Boston Navy Yard turbine, Starboard turbine - Westinghouse turbine), De Laval double reduction gears, two shafts.
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    USS Hambleton (DD 455)
    Hambleton 70k National Archives photo BS 54741 Joe Radigan
    USS Hambleton (DMS 20)
    Hambleton 34k . Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Hambleton 49k 20 May 1954
    Algiers, Algeria
    At left is USS Randall (APA 224)
    Photo by Larry Bohn
    Larry Bohn

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Forrest Close, USN - USNA Class of 192422 December 1941 - 27 December 1941
    02LCDR James Bernhardt Hogle, USN - USNA Class of 1924
    Awarded the Silver Star (1944) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    27 December 1941 - December 1942
    03LCDR Henry Algernon Renken, USN - USNA Class of 1931
    Awarded the Silver Star (1944) and four Legions of Merit (1944 w/Combat "V", 1946, 1965 and 1967) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    December 1942 - 15 September 1944
    04LCDR George Albert O’Connell, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1935
    Awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit w/Combat "V" - Retired as Captain
    15 September 1944 - 18 October 1945
    05LCDR William Staunton Hitchins, USNR18 October 1945 - March 1946
    06LCDR Arthur Henry Berndtson, USN - USNA Class of 1940
    Awarded the Bronze Star (1944)
    March 1946 - September 1946
    07LCDR George Mellotte Hagerman, USNSeptember 1946 - September 1947
    08LCDR George Edgar Brandt, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1941September 1947 - July 1948
    09LCDR Edwin Fletcher Woodhead, USN - USNA Class of 1938July 1948 - November 1949
    10LCDR William Adali Robie, USN - USNA Class of 19421952
    11CDR Richard Galt Zimmermann, USN - USNA Class of 1943March 1953 - July 1954
    12LCDR George W. Kingston, USNJuly 1954
    ??CDR Lawrence Dener Earle, USN.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and R. A. Moody

    View the Hambleton (DMS-20)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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