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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKHI

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TIGHT GRIP

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. August 10 1944.
Launched February 18 1945 and commissioned May 3 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade October 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 2 1973.
Fate Sold November 6 1974 to Aardvark International, Chester, PA for $150,000 and broken up for scrap.

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Henry Chalfant Gearing, Jr.

Henry Chalfant Gearing, III

Henry Chalfant Gearing (9 June 1855 - 16 August 1926) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1876. Gearing served on various ships of the Navy during his early years, including Lackawanna, Tuscarora, and Essex. He spent tours of duty at the Naval Academy and on board Glacier. After being promoted to Commander in 1905, Gearing commanded the naval stations at Cavite and Olongapo, Philippines, until his retirement in 1909. He died 16 August 1926 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Henry Chalfant Gearing, Jr., (22 January 1887 - 24 February 1944) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1907. He served on California, Illinois, and other ships besides commanding a long list of destroyers, among them Woolsey, Dobbin, and Maury. He was appointed Captain in 1934. Subsequently, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 4 and Naval Training Station, San Diego, California before his death 24 February 1944 in San Diego Naval Hospital.

Henry Chalfant Gearing III, (16 August 1912 - 13 November 1942) was born in Vallejo, California, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935. After serving several ships as a young officer, he joined Juneau as a Lieutenant in 1942, and was lost with his ship when it was sunk.

USS Gearing (DD-710) was named for these three generations of naval men.
Bill Gonyo
USS Gearing (DD-710)
Gearing 42kUndated, location unknown.-
Gearing 115kUndated, location unknown.-
Gearing 73kUndated, the Gearing class was the ultimate wartime design series of ships. Their weapons were the same as the Sumner class, but with a lengthened hull. As designed, the aft 5" mount was expected to fire over the bow, at long ranges, with high barrel elevations.-
Gearing 37kUndated postcard Copyright © Arnold Art, Newport, RI.Mike Smolinski
Gearing 54kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Gearing 163kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gearing 118kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gearing 125kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gearing 204kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gearing 159kUndated, location unknown. USS Manley (DD-940), USS Gearing (DD-710) and USS Newport News (CA 148).Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gearing 168kMay 21 1945, right after commissioning and not yet fully outfitted. from the collection of Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Gearing 155kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
458kGearing and Gyatt (DD-712) moored at Montevideo, Uruguay, January 1947.Marcus Hill
Gearing 121kStarboard side to, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, March 10 1947. Tied alongside (from inboard) USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Gyatt (DD-712), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711). The ships were returning from Montevideo, Uruguay where they represented the United States for the Inaugrataion of President Thomas Berrata. (Additional information provided by S. Lukacinsky)Robert Norville/Scott Guthrie
Gearing 166kUSS Gearing (DD-710) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) during gunnery shoot in the Atlantic, June 1961.Roy Williams
Gearing 87kMalta April 9 1963.Marc Piché
Gearing 115kUSS Gearing (DD-710) underway circa 1964, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Gearing 159kGenoa, Italy on November 8 1964.Carlo Martinelli
Gearing 84kJanuary 27 1967, location unknown.Fred Weiss
Gearing 172kJune 24 1968 in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo by PH1 Sorensen, NPC K-51204.Ed Zajkowski
Gearing 80kUSS Gearing and USS Trumpetfish (SS-425) in Valetta, Malta harbor circa 1969.Michael Mohl
Gearing 37kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Gearing 93kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Gearing 81kDesRon 4 plaque, USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864), USS Dyess (DD-880), USS Bordelon (DD-881) and USS Furse (DD-882). Courtesy of Foro 11a Escuadrilla de Escoltas ( Javier Santos Vazquez
Gearing 100kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes
Gearing 42kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Gearing 72kShip's plaque.Mike Smolinski

USS GEARING DD-710 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Henry Copeman    May 3 1945 - Nov 16 1945

CDR George Evalt Theodore Parsons    Nov 16 1945 - Nov 4 1947

CDR Charles Edward Thurston Jr.    Nov 4 1947 - Dec 17 1948

CDR Draper Laurence Kauffman    Dec 17 1948 - Jul 27 1950 (Later RADM)

CDR Owen Blair Murphy    Jul 27 1950 - Jul 25 1951

CDR Maurice Ferrara    Jul 25 1951 - Feb 4 1953

CDR John Foster Maynard    Feb 4 1953 - Jul 24 1954

CDR Mark William Woods    Jul 24 1954 - Jul 25 1956 (Later RADM)

CDR Edward Augustus Lane Jr.    Jul 25 1956 - Sep 3 1958

CDR John Robert Hankey    dep 3 1958 - Sep 16 1960

CDR Jack Elzey Tingle    Sep 16 1960 - Dec 1 1961

LCDR James Owen Saul    Dec 1 1961 - Jul 27 1962

CDR Thomas Willard Lyons    Jul 27 1962 - Jul 30 1964

CDR James Whitney Martin    Jul 30 1964 - Apr 25 1966

CDR Russell Alfred Marcellus    Apr 25 1966 - Jul 1 1967

CDR Alfred Charles Leis    Jul 1 1967 - Mar 1 1969

CDR Allen Sidney Jefferis    Mar 1 1969 - Sep 17 1970

CDR Lennart Gustaf Holmberg    Sep 17 1970 - Feb 17 1972

CDR Webster Web Grewe    Feb 17 1972 - Feb 9 1973

LCDR William Morgan Ross Jr.    Feb 9 1973 - Jul 2 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name:Leo Dougherty

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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