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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKTO

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - EL TORO

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 Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island NY March 6 1943.
Launched July 30 1943 and commissioned November 22 1943.
Decommissioned June 14 1946, recommissioned May 23 1950.
Decommissioned July 15 1972.
Stricken July 15 1972.
Fate Sold March 21 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Uhlmann 63kRobert W. Uhlmann was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 16 August 1919. He attended the University of Michigan's College of Engineering in 1937-40. After enlisting in the Naval Reserve in September 1940, he received training on board USS Arkansas and at the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Commissioned as an Ensign in June 1941, he was assigned to duty with Patrol Squadron 24 (later redesignated Patrol Squadron 12). While serving with that unit at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay, Oahu, Ensign Uhlmann was killed in action during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. He was subsequently cited for "prompt and efficient action and utter disregard of personal danger" during that attack. Photo #: NH 76372. Ensign Robert William Uhlmann, USNR (1919-1941), photographed in 1941. Original photograph was received from USS Uhlmann in 1972. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Uhlmann 77kArtist's conception of the Uhlmann by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Uhlmann 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Uhlmann 59kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Uhlmann 19kUndated, location unknown. U.S. Naval Historical Center photo # USN 1064865.Robert Hurst
Uhlmann 190kUndated postcard view from San Diego of the USS Hopewell (DD-681), USS Wedderburn (DD-684), USS Kidd (DD-661) and the USS Uhlmann (DD-687).Tommy Trampp
Uhlmann 68kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Uhlmann 143kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Uhlmann 126kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Uhlmann 88kProbably a post-repair photo in August 1944 after completion of overhaul and collision damage caused by a collision with USS Benham (DD-796) in April 1944, possibly taken at Hunters Point Naval Yard, San Francisco.David Buell
Uhlmann 116kUSS Uhlmann (DD-687) passing under Lions Gate Bridge off Vancouver BC on August 25 1949. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8715, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
104kUhlmann (DD-687) moored at San Diego when she was used for training, early 1950s.Dave Schroeder
Uhlmann 153kUSS Uhlmann (DD-687) is refueled by the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) off Korea, in 1951. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) 1951 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Uhlmann 103kCirca 1953.Marc Piché
Uhlmann 114kCirca 1954, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Uhlmann 107kThe USS Uhlmann (DD-687) coming back into San Diego after a cruise to the Far East circa June 1954. If you look at the 5 men standing at the port side of the '51' mount - I'm the second from the left.Milton D. Nelson ETN3
Uhlmann 233kThe USS Uhlmann (DD-687) in drydock in Yokosuka, Japan during the Summer of 1957. Photo by John Hughes.Derick Hartshorn
Uhlmann 152kUSS Uhlmann (DD-687) underway, circa the late 1950s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 73465.Robert Hurst
Uhlmann 80ktaken off Pt. Loma, San Diego probably around 1959-1960. The coloring is an (Great Example) Of The old dye process used by the commercial photo peddlers in San Diego at the time to give the impression of a color photo but color was expensive and not popular at the time.Randy Coleman, DD-687 6/61 - 4/64
Uhlmann 231kDecember 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Uhlmann 155kOff Point Loma, San Diego, CA circa 1960-1961. Photo courtesy of Scott Martin of the DeHaven Sailors Association.Bill Gonyo
Uhlmann 161kUhlmann doing an underway replenishment during 1962-1963 in WestPac as seen from the USS McDermut (DD-677).Jonathan Archer
Uhlmann 51kA page from the Uhlmann's 1963-1964 Cruise Bookof an unrep with USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, taken in the Western Pacific in 1963.Jim Pacetti (RD2)
Uhlmann 172kMarch 29 1965 off San Diego.Ed Zajkowski
Uhlmann 48kSan Francisco July 1967.Marc Piché
Uhlmann 63kForward stack of the USS Braine while in the yard at Naval Ship Yard Mare Island December 1967. The ship in the background is the USS Uhlmann (DD-687) in the floating drydock at the south end of the yard.© Richard Leonhardt
Uhlmann 40kFrom the 1968 WestPac cruise book.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Uhlmann 66kSan Diego, October 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Uhlmann 60kSan Diego, October 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Uhlmann 168kOff Hawaii circa 1969.Ken Dupree, YNCS (Ret.)
Uhlmann 183kSan Diego, September 1969, USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Boyd (DD-544), USS Taylor (DD-468), USS Walker (DD517) and USS Uhlmann (DD-687) alonside USS Dixie (AD-14). Photo by PH2 Borchers.Ed Zajkowski
Uhlmann 102kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Uhlmann 31kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Selden Gain Hooper    Nov 22 1943 - Mar 10 1945

CDR Selden Clobridge Small    Mar 10 1945 - Jun 14 1946

(Decommissioned Jun 14 1946 - May 23 1950)

LCDR Johnny Lloyd Wallace    Mar 1950  - Jan 10 1951

CDR Percy Anthony Lilly Jr.    Jan 10 1951 - Jul 17 1952

CDR Frederick William Pennoyer III    Jul 17 1952 - 1953

CDR Wilbur Haines Cheney Jr.    1953 - ?

CDR Ernest Oscar (Ernie) Erickson    ? 1957 - ? 1959

CDR John LaCava Jr.    ? 1960 - ?

CDR Robert John Brabant    ? - Sep 1965

CDR Phillip Anthony Wilson    Sep 1965 - Jul 1967

CDR Herbert Barron Dowse Jr.    Jul 1967 - 1969

CDR William Everett Muncy    ? 1968 - ?

CDR Robert Lee Adams Jr.    ? 1969 - ?

LCDR Jack Knowles Slaven    Jul 1 1972 - Jul 24 1972

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