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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHSW

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - REAR GUARD

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ (YN 382)
Laid down 19 October 1943
Launched 13 March 1944
Commissioned 17 May 1944
Completed FRAM upgrade June 1960
Decommissioned 15 December 1973
Stricken 15 December 1973
To Chile 08 January 1974, renamed Ministro Zenteno (D 16)
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1990

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Sperry 65kCharles Stillman Sperry, born in Brooklyn, NY, 3 September 1847, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1866. In November 1898 he became commanding officer of Yorktown, and later served as senior officer of the Southern Squadron on the Asiatic Station and as President of the Naval War College. As a rear admiral, he served in the United States delegation to the Geneva Convention and the Second Hague Conference, and as Commander in Chief, Battle Fleet, he led the Great White Fleet during the major portion of its historic cruise around the world in 1907 and 1908. Admiral Sperry retired 3 September 1909, but subsequently was recalled to active duty for special service. He died 1 February 1911 in Washington, D.C. Digital ID: ggbain 03507, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
USS Sperry (DD-697)
Sperry 141kUndated, location unknown.-
Sperry 144kUndated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 9d.© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 105kUndated, location unknown.-
Sperry 65kUndated, location unknown.Steve Connelly
Sperry 141kUndated, location unknown.Steve Connelly
Sperry 115kUndated, location unknown.Steve Connelly
Sperry 82kUndated, location unknown.Steve Connelly
Sperry 97kUndated, location unknown. Signed by the Commanding Officer.Steve Connelly
Sperry 99kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Sperry 150kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Sperry 110kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Sperry 74kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) on March 13 1944. Courtesy of Kerman
Sperry 64kThe USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) has just been signed over to the U.S. Navy by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.,on 16 May 1944 and is transiting the New York harbor. The following day she was commissioned. Photo Courtesy of the National Archives Photo #19-N-66384Bill Gonyo
Sperry 281kAugust 18 1944 off New York.Ed Zajkowski
Sperry 150kUSS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697), photographed in the Western Pacific during late 1944 or early 1945 by Photographer’s Mate 3/C Paul D. Guttman.Robert Guttman
Sperry 223kThe USS Dixie (AD 14) with a nest of destroyers alongside at Leyte in April-May 1945 time frame. The destroyers are from left to right: USS Compton (DD 705), USS Ault (DD 698), USS Charles S. Sperry (DD 697), USS English (DD 696), USS John W. Weeks (DD 701) and USS Borie (DD 704).Darryl Baker
Sperry 114kUSS Bunker Hill (CV-17) on fire after being hit by two Kamikazes on 11 May 1945. The USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) is alongside fighting fires, barely visible are the superstructure and funnels of USS Wilkes-Barre (CL-103) behind Bunker Hill. The Image is part of an album of photographs collected by Captain Carlos W. Wieber during his command of the aircraft carrier Essex (CV-9) during 1944-1945. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation. Photo # 983.046.010.144.Robert Hurst
Sperry 34kUSS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697) and USS Waldron (DD-699) pierside in Guantanamo Bay, Santiago de Cuba 7-24-1948 to 8-07-1948 with Cass in the foreground.Cass Carr
Sperry 209kUSS Casade (AD 16) with USS Charles S. Sperry (DD 697), USS Moale (DD 693) and USS Pompon (SSR 267) along side. Ships in the background in include left to right: USS Randolph (CVA 15), USS Waccamaw (AO 69), USS Mississinewa (AO 144) and two other auxiliaries I can't ID. All at anchor some place in the Mediterranean on September 12, 1956.Darryl Baker
Sperry 149kGenoa, Italy on December 26 1960.Carlo Martinelli
Sperry 48kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 72kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 53kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 64kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 95kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 60kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 95kAtlantic, March 1967© Richard Leonhardt
Sperry 156kUSS Charles S. Sperry (DD 697) somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean on 17 May 1969. She is operating with a Carrier Battle Group (looks like USS Forrestal CVA 59). Photo by PH1 Clemons, serial number #K-72755, Naval Photographic Center Naval Station Washington.Robert M. Cieri
Sperry 139kThe Sperry at the Winter Harbor, Maine Lobster Festival August 5 1973. Photo from Acadia National Park archives originally in the Naval Security Group Winter Harbor command history.Jonathan Eno
Sperry 98kPages from the Decommissioning phamphlet.Steve Connelly
Sperry 64kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Sperry 88kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Sperry 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Sperry 100kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Ministro Zenteno (D 19)
Sperry 92kMinistro Zenteno - José Ignacio Zenteno del Pozo y Silva; Chilean military officer and politician. He was born in Santiago, on 28 July 1786. He died in the same city on 16 July 1847. Son of Antonio Zenteno y Bustamante and Doña Victoria del Pozo y Silva. He attended the Colegio Carolino, where he studied.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Sperry 80kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
195kMinistro Zenteno (D 16) in Drydock II at Talcahuano, Chile, 1975.Richard Brito
473kMinistro Zenteno (D 16) moored in Bahia de Talcahuano, Chile, 1986.Richard Brito
34kMinistro Zenteno (D 16) departing Talcahuano under tow for scrapping, 1990.Richard Brito
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Haywood McIlhenny    May 17 1944 - Apr 13 1945

CDR John Benjamin Morland    Apr 13 1945 - Aug 1946

LCDR William Stanton Hitchins    Aug 1946 - Oct 1948

CDR Alexander Bacon Coxe Jr.    Oct 1948 - Mar 1950

CDR Robert Marvin Brownlie    Mar 1950 - Aug 1951

CDR  Joseph Amer Wallace III    Aug 1951 - Aug 1952

CDR Stephen Harrison MacGregor Jr.    Aug 1952 - Jul 1954

CDR Cary Hardison Hall    Jul 1954 - Sep 1956

CDR James Morrison Ireland    Sep 1956 - Apr 1958

CDR Roy Edwin Burton Jr.    Apr 1958 - Apr 1960

CDR Edward Dankey Napier    Apr 1960 - Jan 1962

CDR R. K. Stewart Cole    Jan 1962 - Jun 1963

CDR Russell Armin Vollertsen    Jun 1963 - Jul 1965

CDR Robert Wayne Watkins    Jul 1965 - Dec 30 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR James Aloysius (Ace) Lyons Jr.    Dec 30 1966 - Aug 1968 (Later ADM)

CDR Ross Wallace Wright    Aug 1968 - Nov 1969

CDR John Parker McQuilin    Nov 1969 - Feb 1971

CDR Murland Wesley Searight    Feb 1971 - May 1972

CDR Hollis Eugene Robertson    May 1972 - Sep 1973

LCDR Vilbert Hillis Davis    Sep 1973 - Dec 15 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gary Chesser
Address: 4044 Old Highway 12, Starkville, MS 39759
Phone: 662-546-0675

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Destroyer History Foundation
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