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USS GYATT (DD-712 / DDG-1 / DDG-712)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHTZ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - IRON PIVOT

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. September 7 1944.
Launched April 15 1945 and commissioned July 2 1945.
Decommissioned October 31 1955.
Reclassified DDG-1 on December 1 1955.
Recommissioned December 3 1956.
Reclassified DDG-712 on December 30 1956.
Reclassified back to DDG-1 on May 23 1957, reverted to DD-712 October 1 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken October 22 1969.
Fate Sunk as target off Virginia June 11 1970.

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The Gyatt was named after Marine private Edward Earl Gyatt, born in Syracuse, New York the 4th day of September, 1921 and who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on the 26th day of January 1942. Private Gyatt was awarded posthumously, in 1942, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Silver Star for service as set forth in the following citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion during the seizure of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, from enemy Japanese forces, on the night of August 7-8, 1942. Assigned to duty on a listening post to the right flank and forward of his company's position. Private Gyatt reported the approach of a hostile counter-attack to his platoon commander and then, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, remained at his post, inflicting a heavy toll upon the infiltrating Japanese until he was killed by an enemy hand grenade. By his skill, courage and indomitable fighting spirit, he contributed to the eventual repulse of the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country."Bill Gonyo
Gyatt 113kUndated, location unknown.-
Gyatt 104kUndated, location unknown.-
Gyatt 78kUndated, location unknown.-
Gyatt 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Mike Smolinski
Gyatt 169kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Gyatt 118kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Gyatt 52kUndated, location unknown. Photo by Ted Stone, from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60."Robert Hurst
Gyatt 88kUndated, location unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" magazine.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 109kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
458kGearing (DD-710) and Gyatt moored at Montevideo, Uruguay, January 1947.Marcus Hill
Gyatt 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
Gyatt 90kUSS Gyatt (DD-712) dressed overall at anchor on 10 June 1953. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 67696.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 140kCirca 1954, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Gyatt 288kOff Boston on December 3 1956, AP photo.Tommy Trampp
Gyatt 60kLeaving Boston Navy Yard, December 13 1956.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 45kUSS Gyatt (DDG-712), underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo courtesy "Our Navy."Robert Hurst
Gyatt 119kUSS Gyatt in her missile trials during the first few months of 1957. Photo by Hank Walker, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gyatt 121kUSS Gyatt in her missile trials during the first few months of 1957. Photo by Hank Walker, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.John Chiquoine
Gyatt 103kUSN 1016157, dated May 14 1957, USS Gyatt (DDG 712) comes alongside the USS Willis (DE 1027) during training exercises near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.David Buell
Gyatt 252kNavy photo 1046846 of October 30 1959. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Gyatt 176kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gyatt 160kUSS Gyatt (DDG-1) underway at sea, circa the late 1950s or early 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106723.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 161kUSS Diablo (AGSS-479) alongside USS Gyatt (DDG-1) circa early 1960's.Scott Koen &
Gyatt 100kUSS Gyatt (DDG-1) underway circa 1961, location unknown. Note Terrier missiles on launcher mounted aft in "Y" position. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 168kUSS Gyatt (DDG-1) approaching refueling ship USS Waccamaw (AO-109) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in June 1961 in the Atlantic.Roy Williams
Gyatt 44kCirca 1964, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Gyatt 67kNorfolk, August 1964. (Post Missile Conversion Back To A Gun Destroyer) Richard Leonhardt
Gyatt 65kChesapeke Bay, August 1964. (Post Missile Conversion Back To A Gun Destroyer) Richard Leonhardt
Gyatt 262kOverhead starboard bow view of the USS Gyatt as seen in 1965, after being reclassified back to a destroyer (DD-712). The terrier missile launcher was removed in 1962 and the ship was assigned to a operational test and development role, with the after deck houses retained for experimental equipment housing. Image from 1967-1968 Jane's Fighting Ships.Mike Green/Robert Hurst
Gyatt 129kApril 1966, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Gyatt 129kUSS Sierra (AD-18) at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 February 1967 with six destroyers alongside including the Basilone (DD-824), Fiske (DD-842), Davis (DD-937), Richard E Kraus (DD-849), Harwood (DD-861), and the Gyatt (DD-712). Taken from the USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858). Richard Leonhardt
Gyatt 41kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Gyatt 50kShips patch.Mike Smolinski

USS GYATT DD-712 / DDG-1 / DDG-712 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Albert David Kaplan    Jul 2 1945 - Jun 6 1946

CDR Carl Robert Tellefsen    Jun 6 1946 - May 23 1948

CDR James Meek Wolfe Jr.    May 23 1948 - Sep 10 1949

CDR Wilbur Haines Cheney Jr.    Sep 10 1949 - Jul 30 1951

CDR Vincent Patrick Healey    Jul 30 1951 - Jul 26 1952 (Later RADM)

CDR Allen Bouldin Register    Jul 26 1952 - Oct 29 1953

CDR Ben Brown Pickett    Oct 29 1953 - Jul 22 1955 (Later RADM)

CDR Edward George Miller    Jul 22 1955 - Oct 31 1955

(Decommissioned Oct 31 1955 - Dec 3 1956)

CDR Charles Francis Helme Jr.    Dec 3 1956 - Apr 5 1958

CDR Chester Maurice Lee    Apr 5 1958 - Jan 15 1960

CDR Charles Bishop Wall Jr.    Jan 15 1960 - Apr 8 1961

CDR John Joseph Hancotte Jr.    Apr 8 1961 - Feb 15 1963

CDR Lester Leroy Gutshall    Feb 15 1963 - Sep 5 1964

CDR Louis Lavern Junod    Sep 5 1964 - May 14 1966

CDR Edward Charles Elliott    May 14 1966 - Aug 23 1968

CDR Ronald Alistair Campbell    Aug 23 1968 - Jan 30 1969

CDR Alan Jay Personette    Jan 30 1969 - Oct 22 1969

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Gyatt website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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