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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HARDBALL

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. March 13 1945.
Launched August 31 1945 and commissioned January 12 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade September 1962.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken January 30 1976.
To Pakistan April 29 1977, renamed Tariq.
Tariq became flagship of Pakistani Navy January 25 1990.
Renamed Nazim.
Fate Decommissioned by Pakistan 1998 and is still in Karachi, Pakistan Harbor being used by the Pakistan Maritime Navy.

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Wiltsie 43kCapt. Irving D. Wiltsie, USN, Plainfield NJ (missing in action): Commanding the USS LISCOME BAY in action against japanese forces off Makin Island, 24 November 1943, he fearlessly fought his way aft to determine the extent of damage suffered from a torpedo hit. His valiant devotion to duty was undeterred by raging fires, structural damage and blazing wreckage.Ed Zajkowski
Wiltsie 154kArtist's conception of the Wiltsie as built in a cutaway view 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
Wiltsie 67kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Wiltsie 99kUndated, location unknown. Photos courtesy of The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Wiltsie 64kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Wiltsie 102kBroadside view of USS Wiltsie (DD 716) in San Francisco Bay on 18 April 1950. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 7 Dec 1949 to 12 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Wiltsie 88kAft plan view of USS Wiltsie (DD 716) in San Francisco Bay on 18 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Wiltsie 82kForward plan view view of USS Wiltsie (DD 716) in San Francisco Bay on 18 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Wiltsie 166kUSS Wiltsie (DD 716) off Mare Island on April 18 1950. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Wiltsie 60kOur Navy Magazine, 1 March 1957.Stanley Svec
Wiltsie 118kMarch 23 1958, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Wiltsie 60kUSS Wiltsie (DD-716) and USS Morton (DD-948) alongside the USS Prairie (AD-15) November 1960 in San Diego.Robert Schultz ETC(SW) Ret
Wiltsie 205kThis photo was originally published in the November 1960 issue of CruDesPac News. The four ships were manning the rail to salute President Eisenhower as he passed by in his barge. The President is standing topside in the barge, midships. The other ships in the picture are USS Morton (DD 948), USS Hamner (DD718), and USS De Haven (DD727). We were moored in San Diego Bay.Al Creasy, ENS USS Morton
Wiltsie 89kSan Diego Ca., February 5 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Wiltsie 239kSeventh Fleet ships replenishing in the South China Sea, May 1969. Photographed by PH1 Long. Ships present are (from front to back): USS Wiltsie (DD-716), USS Tappahannock (AO-43), USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Mars (AFS-1), and USS Perkins (DD-877). Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1139357).Fabio Peña/Robert Hurst
Wiltsie 41kSan Francisco December 1973.Marc Piché
Wiltsie 64kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Wiltsie 136kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Wiltsie 65kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Raymond Dennis Fusselman    Jan 12 1946 - Oct 1947
CDR Glover Trenholm Ferguson    Oct 1947 - Dec 1948
CDR Carroll Walter Brigham    Dec 1948 - Jun 1951
CDR Charles Allan Berry    Jun 1951 - Aug 1953
CDR Theodore William Runk    Aug 1953 - Nov 1955
CDR Martin Deckard Gastrock    Nov 1955 - Jul 1957
CDR Winfield Scott Slocum III    Jul 1957 - Jun 1959
CDR Earl Joseph Alt    Jun 1959 - Aug 1961
CDR Robert Edward Adamson Jr.    Aug 1961 - Dec 1961 (Later VADM)
CDR Peter Charles Kochis    Dec 1961 - Oct 1963
CDR William Nivison    Oct 1963 - Jul 1965
CDR Wallace Silveanus Gabriel    Jul 1965 - Jun 1967
CDR Oscar Emanuel Sanden    Jun 1967 - May 1969
CDR William Vogt Powell    May 1969 - May 14 1971
CDR Myron Alan Skubinna    May 14 1971 - Sep 29 1972
CDR Melvin Edward Seiler    Sep 29 1972 - 1973
CDR Cornelius Thomas O'Neill    1973 - Mar 17 1974
CDR Donald E. Harris Jr.    Mar 17 1974 - Jan 23 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ron Mardis
Address: 3650 Parfore Court, Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513)752-1158

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.

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

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