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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHQB

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FROGMAN

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd - Pacific Shipyards, Seattle on February 6 1962.
Launched February 26 1963 and commissioned August 28 1964.
Decommissioned September 30 1992.
Stricken January 11 1995.
To Greece October 1 1992, renamed Nearchos.
Decommissioned July 18 2003.
Fate: Sunk by the Greek Navy in a weapons test SINKEX on May 26 2006.

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Waddell 152kJames Iredell Waddell was born in Pittsboro, North Carolina, on 13 July 1824 and joined the Navy as a Midshipman in September 1841. His nearly two decades in the U.S. Navy included early service in USS Pennsylvania, Mexican War operations off Vera Cruz aboard USS Somers, a tour off South America in USS Germantown, an assignment as a Naval Academy instructor, eastern Pacific duty in USS Saginaw and a cruise with the East Indies Squadron with USS John Adams. Lieutenant Waddell resigned his commission while returning home in the latter ship late in 1861 and was dismissed from the U.S. Navy in January 1862. In March 1862, Waddell was appointed a Lieutenant in the Confederate States Navy. Sent to New Orleans, he was assigned to the incomplete ironclad Mississippi until her destruction in late April. The next month, while serving as an artillery officer ashore, he participated in the battle between Confederate shore batteries and Federal ironclads at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. He had more shore battery service at Charleston, South Carolina, during the rest of 1862 and into 1863. Sent abroad in March 1863, First Lieutenant Waddell was stationed in England awaiting the availability of a seagoing position. That opportunity finally arrived in October 1864 at sea in the central Atlantic, where he converted the English steamer Sea King to the Confederate cruiser Shenandoah. As her Commanding Officer, Waddell made a long and productive cruise through the south Atlantic, across the Indian Ocean and into the north Pacific. In the Arctic waters there, he devastated the United States flag whaling fleet during June 1865. However, by then the Civil War had been effectively over for more than two months and, when he received confirmation of this fact in early August, Waddell disarmed his ship and took her back to England. Waddell did not return to the United States until 1875, when he became captain of the commercial steamer City of San Francisco. He later was in charge of the State of Maryland's oyster regulation force. James Iredell Waddell died at Annapolis, Maryland, on 15 March 1886.Bill Gonyo
Waddell 96kUndated, location unknown.-
Waddell 14kUndated, location unknown.-
Waddell 100kUndated, location unknown.-
Waddell 68kUndated, location unknown.Joe Barbaritz
Waddell 76kUndated, location unknown.Joe Barbaritz
Waddell 81kUndated, location unknown.Joe Barbaritz
Waddell 75kUndated, location unknown.Rick Benz RD2, 1966-67
Waddell 74kUndated, location unknown.Rick Benz RD2, 1966-67
Waddell 56kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Waddell 46kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Waddell 112kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Waddell 118kUndated, location unknown.U.S. Navy Naval Historical Center photo.Robert Hurst
Waddell 238kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Waddell 238kUndated, USS Waddell (DDG-24) and USS Cochrane (DDG-21) at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Waddell 107kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Waddell 83kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Waddell 113kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Waddell 108kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Waddell 104kPhoto taken on 5 Aug 1964 during a full-power run conducted by the builder, Todd Shipyards Corporation, Seattle.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Waddell 122kAs above.Louis D. Chirillo, CDR, USN (Ret)
Waddell 182kAs above. The image well portrays the powerful sheerline and modified bow associated with the later ships' bow-mounted SQS-23 sonars. Official US Navy photo taken from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Waddell 108kSouth China Sea, March 1966 refueling from the USS Chemung (AO-30).© Richard Leonhardt
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In the dry dock at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard - Spring 1971
William R. Cooper ASWO 71-72
Waddell 28kSan Francisco March 1971.Marc Piché
Waddell 112kThe guided missile destroyer USS Waddell (DDG-24) tied up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1974. Photo by Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Waddell 191kMay 5 1974 photo by PHC C. C. Curtis PHC, KN 21915.Ed Zajkowski
Waddell 293kCirca 1977,the USS Kansas City (AOR-3) simultaneously refuels the USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Sterrett (CG-31), while the USS Waddell (DDG-24) follows astern. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.103.085.Mike Green
Waddell 63kSan Diego Harbor headed to 32nd St. circa 1977.Jeff Hite
Waddell 79kShips of Desron 7, USS Waddell (DDG-24), during the "Tiger Cruise" returning from the 1982-83 WestPac, as viewed from the Decatur (DDG-31.)Lee Noland
Waddell 80kJan. 1.1983, Indian Ocean, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders perform their USO show "America and Her Music" on the deck of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (CGN-25). Crew members of the guided missile destroyer USS Waddell (DDG-24) watch from their ship.Fred Weiss
Waddell 60kMay 8, 1986, the guided missile destroyer USS Waddell (DDG-24) executing a high-speed turn off the coast of Southern California.Fred Weiss
Waddell 67kMay 8, 1986, the guided missile destroyer USS Waddell (DDG-24) underway off the coast of Southern California.Fred Weiss
Waddell 209kAt Vancouver July 22 1986. Photo by Rick Garcia.Chris Howell
Waddell 48kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Waddell 34kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Waddell 119kModel built by LCDR Alexey Gorelenko Russian Navy.Alexey Gorelenko
On Greek Service
Waddell 74kUndated, in foreign service as D-219.Jörg Bihlmayr
Waddell 87kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Waddell 57kUndated, location unknown.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Waddell 146kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Waddell 137kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Waddell 76kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Waddell 44kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Waddell 102kAs the D-219 during Navy Week May 2 1993 at Saronikos Bay, Greece.George Haralampides
Waddell 90kAs above.George Haralampides
Waddell 90kDDG-24 as Greek NEARCHOS D-219 in Piraeus harbor in Feb.2000.Marc Piché
Waddell 199kNo data, this and the next two images appear to be from her sinking as a target on May 26 2006.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Waddell 136kAs above.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Waddell 208kAs above.Konstantinos Athanasakis
Waddell 39kShip's Patch.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Carl James Boyd    Aug 28 1964 - Jan 25 1966
CDR Grant Joseph Walker    Jan 25 1966 - Jun 6 1967
CDR Lyle Oliver Armel II    Jun 6 1967 - Jul 10 1969
CDR Peter Kendall Cullins    Jul 10 1969 - Jun 26 1971 (Later RADM)
CDR Albert Joseph Herberger    Jun 26 1971 - Dec 8 1972 (Later VADM)
LCDR Charles David Ewing    Dec 8 1972 - Jun 11 1974
CDR Donald Ralph Anderson    Jun 11 1974 - Jun 7 1976
CDR William Squires Manning    Jun 7 1976 - Jul 25 1978
CDR Brian George Moynihan    Jul 25 1978 - Aug 28 1980
CAPT Benjamin Earl Allen Jr.    Aug 28 1980 - Sep 3 1982
CDR Edward Kristian Kristensen    Sep 3 1982 - Jan 12 1985 (Later RADM)
CDR John Deane Lasswell    Jan 12 1985 - Feb 10 1987
CDR James Lenus McClane    Feb 10 1987 - Apr 28 1989
CDR Robert Edward Smith    Apr 28 1989 - May 3 1991
CDR Gene Richard McGalliard    May 3 1991 - Sep 30 1992

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bill Brewer
Address: 13070 Triadelphia Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042-1132
Phone: (410) 531-1250

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Waddell Website
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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