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USS EATON (DD-510 / DDE-510)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIXG

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HERMIT

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 40mm, 4 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. March 17 1942.
Launched September 20 1942 and commissioned December 4 1942.
Decommissioned June 21 1946 and recommissioned December 11 1951.
Reclassified DDE-510 January 2 1951, reverted back to DD-510 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned May 30 1969.
Stricken July 2 1969.
Fate Sunk as target during SINKEX 90 miles off Norfolk, March 27 1970.

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Eaton 77kWilliam Eaton, born 23 February 1764 in Woodstock, Conn., joined the Army at an early age and served until April 1783, when he was appointed U.S. Consul at Tunis. Because of his experience in the north African region, he was appointed Navy agent for the Barbary Regencies on 26 May 1804. Supported afloat by Isaac Hull, Captain of Argus, in an effective "combined operation," Eaton led the attack on Derne on 27 April 1805. The town's capture, and the threat of further advance on Tripoli, were strong influences toward peace, negotiated in June 1805 by Tobias Lear and Commodore John Rodgers with the Bashaw of Tripoli. General Eaton died in Brimfield, Mass., 1 June 1811.Bill Gonyo
USS Eaton (DD-510)
Eaton 37kUndated, location unknown.-
Eaton 144kUndated, location unknown.Randy Kimes
Eaton 82kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Eaton 87kUndated, Venice, Italy.Robert M. Cieri
Eaton 49kUndated, location unknown. USS Eaton (DDE-510) showing the gash in her bow following collision with the USS Wisconsin (BB-64). Photo courtesy of A.H. Seaton.Robert Hurst
Eaton 115kIn Hampton Roads, circa 1950's.Marc Piché
Eaton 126kJuly 1953 with the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Eaton (DD-510) and USS Bache (DD-470).Mitch Rycus
Eaton 68kAt anchor in Aberystwyth, Wales during the 1954 N.Europe/Med cruise. From the collection of Wendell Stimets who was the Medical Officer for Escort Division 22 from 1952-1955.Glenn Stimets
Eaton 198kUSS Eaton (DD-510) and USS Glennon (DD-840) in Aarhus,Denmark during the 1954 N.Europe/Med cruise. From the collection of Wendell Stimets who was the Medical Officer for Escort Division 22 from 1952-1955.Glenn Stimets
Eaton 145kat anchor in Athens Greece during the 1954 N.Europe/Med cruise. From the collection of Wendell Stimets who was the Medical Officer for Escort Division 22 from 1952-1955.Glenn Stimets
Eaton 172kFrom the collection of Joseph A. Wolfe during USS Coral Sea's 1954 Mediterranean cruise, 7 July-20 December 1954.jP, MTC(SS) 1970-1987
Eaton 48kCirca mid 1950's.Al Baxter, CWO4 USNR (Ret.).
Eaton 172kAt Norfolk Navy Yard, May 8 1956 showing the damage caused by a collision with the USS Wisconsin (BB-64).Bill Gonyo
Eaton 78kOn sea trials following her repairs after her collision with the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in 1956. Gregg's father, LT James A. Bridge, was an engineering officer on board the Eaton following the collision. Gregg Bridge
Eaton 79kCirca 1959 on a deployment from the United Kingdom to Australia. Photo by Mark's grandfather. From Left to right: probably the USS Beale (DD-471), USS Massey (DD-778), USS Benham (DD-796), USS Murray (DD-576), USS Bache (DD-470) and USS Eaton (DD-510).Mark Tylinski
Eaton 91kTask Group ALFA, formation portrait of the anti-submarine group's ships and aircraft, taken during 1959 exercises in the Atlantic, while Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke was embarked. Ships include the group flagship, USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) in center, two submarines, and seven destroyers. Identifiable among the latter are USS Eaton (DDE-510) at left front, USS Beale (DDE-471) following Eaton, USS Waller (DDE-466) in the center foreground, and USS Conway (DDE-507) at right front. Aircraft overhead include two formations of S2F "Trackers" from the Valley Forge air group, plus one shore-based P2V "Neptune" from Norfolk Naval Air Station, Virginia. Two HSS-1 helicopters are flying low, directly over the submarines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Eaton 105kAs above, different view.Fred Weiss
Eaton 125kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) refueling from USS Pawcatuck (AO-108), 18 June 1959, during operations as flagship of the anti-submarine Task Group ALFA. USS Eaton (DDE-510) is also refueling, from the oiler's starboard side. Fourteen S2F anti-submarine planes and two HSS-1 helicopters are parked on the carrier's flight deck and deck-edge elevator. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Fred Weiss
Eaton 144kUSS Valley Forge (CVS-45) Steams in formation with other units of Task Force ALFA, during anti-submarine exercises in the Atlantic, 1959. The other ships present are (from left): USS Murray (DDE-576), USS Beale (DDE-471), USS Bache (DDE-470), USS Eaton (DDE-510), USS Conway (DDE-507), USS Cony (DDE-508) and USS Waller (DDE-466). Photograph was released for publication on 3 August 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Eaton 134kUSS Eaton DD-510 and USS Betelgeuse AK-260 in drydock during the 1960's as seen from the U.S.S. RANDOLPH CV-15.Tommy Trampp
Eaton 126kUSS Eaton (DD-510) making her approach on USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) for refueling at sea, September 1964. Photographer: AN Thomas J. Parrett. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107258.Robert Hurst
Eaton 85kChesepeake Bay, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Eaton 49kChesepeake Bay, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Eaton 68kNOB Norfolk, August 1964 (Full Slide)© Richard Leonhardt
Eaton 59kNOB Norfolk, August 1964 (Close Up View)© Richard Leonhardt
20kEaton moored, location unknown, 1965.John Hummel
Eaton 143kUSS New (DD-818) and USS Eaton (DD-510) during manuevers in the Pacific in 1967.Rick Palmer
Eaton 69kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Eaton 262kShip's patchTom Gamstetter
Eaton 111kShip's plaque.Gregg Bridge
Eaton 46kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS EATON DD-510 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edward Louis Beck    Dec 4 1942 - Sep 3 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Edward Frank Jackson    Sep 3 1943 - Mar 27 1944

CDR Fritz Gleim Jr.    Mar 27 1943 - Dec 23 1944

CDR Chesford Brown    Dec 23 1944 - Sep 5 1945

CDR James Louis May    Sep 5 1945 - Jun 21 1946

(Decommissioned Jun 21 1946 - Dec 11 1951)

CDR Briscoe Chipman    Dec 11 1951 - Apr 1953

CDR Walter George Bisek    Apr 1953 - 1955

CDR Richard Byron Varley Jr.    1955 - 1956

CDR Richard Banks Redmayne    ? 1957 - 1958

CDR Clifford Pleasant Mason    1958 - Jul 20 1959

CDR Arthur Gray Hamilton Jr.    Jul 20 1959 - 1961

CDR Peter Raymond Perkins    1961 - 1962

CDR Stephen Frank Durbin    1962 - 1964

CDR Herman Joseph Estelmann    1964 - 1965

CDR Pehr Hugo Pehrsson    1965 - 1967

CDR Richard Walter Duggan II    1967 - May 30 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Fred Hinze
Address: 80 Terry Road, Sayville,, NY 11782
Phone: 631 220-9750

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