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USS LEWIS HANCOCK (DD-675)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKKC

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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 Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. March 31 1943.
Launched August 1 1943 and commissioned September 29 1943.
Decommissioned January 10 1946 and recommissioned May 19 1951.
Decommissioned December 18 1957.
Stricken March 15 1973.
To Brazil August 2 1967, renamed Piaui.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1989.

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Hancock 209kLewis Hancock, Jr., was born 15 October 1889 at Austin, Texas. He entered the Naval Academy in 1906 and, after graduation 3 June 1910, entered the submarine service. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his exploits and commanding officer of L-4 during World War I. Lieutenant Commander Hancock died 3 September 1925 near Caldwell, Ohio, in the crash of lighter-than-air ship Shenandoah 3. USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), five of the airship's officers, all of whom were killed when she crashed on 3 September 1925. Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, some time prior to the tragedy, and published in the "Evening Star", Washington, D.C., Friday, 4 September 1925. Those present are (left to right); Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne, Commanding Officer; Lieutenant Commander Lewis Hancock, Jr., Executive Officer; Lieutenant John B. Lawrence; Lieutenant Arthur R. Houghton; and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edgar W. Sheppard. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
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Hancock 95kPhoto #: 80-G-81255. USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675), the ship's sponsor, Lieutenant Joy Bright Hancock, USNR, prepares for the christening, during launching ceremonies at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, 1 August 1943. The ship was named in honor of Lieutenant Hancock's late husband, Lieutenant Commander Lewis Hancock, USN, who was killed in the crash of USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) in 1925. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
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1942-43 Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin clipping about the Christening.Ed Zajkowski
Hancock 67kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Hunt (DD-674) and USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) on August 1 1943. Courtesy of www.timepassagesnostalgia.com.Tom Kerman
Hancock 106kPhoto #: NH 99995, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) officers and crew members salute as the National Ensign is raised during recommissioning ceremonies at Long Beach Naval Station, California, on Armed Forces Day, 19 May 1951. Participating in the ceremonies (though not visible in this photograph) was Lewis Hancock's Sponsor, Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN(W), Director of Women Personnel. The ship was named in honor of her late husband, Lieutenant Commander Lewis Hancock, Jr., USN, who lost his life when the airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashed on 3 September 1925. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hancock 178kPhoto #: NH 99996, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) installing the ship's repaired and rebalanced port propeller, while she was in dry dock during the 1950s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hancock 262kViews from the 1952 Korean Deployment from Ellen's fathers collection.Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 205kAs above.Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 189kAs above.Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 160kAs above.Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 156kAs above. With the USS The Sullivans (DD-537).Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 202kAs above.Ellen Kazimer
Hancock 141kPhoto #: 80-G-478507, USS Ajax (AR-6) tending destroyers and patrol vessels at Sasebo, Japan. Photo is dated 14 December 1952. Ships nested along her port side include (left to right): USS The Sullivans (DD-537); USS McGowan (DD-678); USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) and Korean frigate Imchin (# 66, ex USS Sausalito, PF-4). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
Hancock 116kUSS Ajax (AR 6) tending destroyers and patrol vessels at Sasebo, Japan. Photo is dated 14 December 1952. Ships nested along her port side include (left to right): USS The Sullivans (DD 537); USS McGowan (DD 678); USS Lewis Hancock (DD 675) and Korean Frigate Imchin (PG 66), (ex USS Sausalito (PF 4).Joe Radigan
Hancock 142kUSS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) underway circa 1951, soon after being recommissioned. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 99994.Don Scott, YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)/Robert Hurst
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281kPhoto showing a premature depth charge explosion in 1956, which caused Hancock to return to Boston Naval Shipyard for repairs to a bent propeller shaft. Phot by SK2 Tom Holden, used with permission. Tom Holden
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CDR Galvani relieves CDR Gano in August 1956.CAPT Amadeo Galvani
Hancock 121kPhoto #: NH 99997, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 8 September 1959. Note chains used as mooring lines. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hancock 154kPhoto #: NH 71598-KN, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) jacket patch of the ship's insignia. Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hancock 102kPhoto #: NH 65539-KN, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) emblem was placed on file at the Naval Historical Center in 1968. It had probably been received during the 1950s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart

USS LEWIS HANCOCK DD-675 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Charles Huntington Lyman III    Sep 29 1943 - Mar 14 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR William Marvin Searles    Mar 14 1944 - May 15 1945

CDR Richard Edward Babb    May 15 1945 - Oct 25 1946

LCDR John B. Wilkes    Oct 25 1945 - Nov 1 1945

LT LT Louis L. Lesesne    Nov 1 1945 - Dec 8 1945 

LTJG Floyd Charles Lawrence    Dec 8 1945  Jan 10 1946

(Decommissioned Jan 10 1946 - May 19 1951)

CDR Robert Larue Tully    May 19 1951 - Aug 1952

CDR Myron Alpert    Aug 1952 - 1953

CDR Paul Gano    ? - Aug 1956

CDR Amadeo Henry Galvani    Aug 1956 - Dec 18 1957


Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bert Williams
Address: 20 Pine Valley Road, Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone: (732)928-5192
E-mail: None


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.


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