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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHVF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SCARF

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; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine (YN 228)
Contract awarded 07 August 1942 (NOBs-309)
Laid down 09 August 1943
Launched 09 January 1944
Commissioned 31 March 1944
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1960
Decommissioned and stricken 03 December 1973
To South Korea 05 December 1973, renamed Incheon (DD-918)
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1993.

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DeHaven 31kEdwin Jess De Haven, born in 1819 in Pennsylvania was appointed Acting Midshipman at the age of 10 and Passed Midshipman 5 years later. He served in Vincennes, flagship of the Wilkes Exploring Expedition in its historic cruise of 1838 to 1842 to the Antarctic and among the Pacific Islands. De Haven served in the Mexican War, assisting in the capture of the Mexican schooner Creole. In command of the Grinnell Rescue Expedition in 1850, he led the search for Sir John Franklin lost in the Arctic. Only traces of the party were found, but De Haven discovered and named Grinnell Land, and was commended for the valuable scientific data he collected concerning the winds and currents of the ocean. He served in the Coast Survey Service until placed on the retired list in February 1862. He died at Philadelphia, Pa., 1 May 1865. Image from the USS DeHaven Association.Bill Gonyo
USS De Haven (DD-727)
De Haven 79kUndated, USS DeHaven (DD-727) and two other destroyers alongside the USS Isle Royal (AD-29) in Long Beach.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
De Haven 24kUndated, USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS DeHaven (DD-727) in Yokosuka.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
De Haven 86kLaunching at Bath Iron Works, 09 January 1944.Ron Reeves
De Haven 46kThe ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d, circa 1944. Later distributed to crew. Bill Coffin collection.D.Schroeder/J.Chiquoine
De Haven 108kAlongside carrier in refueling activity, Fall 1944. National Archives photo 80-G-245741.John Chiquoine
De Haven 87kFall 1945, photo by Bill Coffin.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
De Haven 104kHomeward Bound Pennant aboard De Haven, fall 1945, photo by Bill Coffin.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
De Haven
99kHomeward bound, fall 1945, photo by Bill Coffin.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
De Haven 117kOne of USS De Haven (DD-727) propellers being removed during her overhaul at Mare Island on 8 November 1945.Darryl Baker
De Haven 152kUSS De Haven (DD-727) and USS Maddox (DD-731) at Mare Island in December 1945.Ed Zajkowski/Bill Gonyo
De Haven 58kAt Mare Island, December 1945.Pieter Bakels
De Haven 63kBroadside view of USS De Haven (DD-727) off Mare Island on 10 December 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 29 October to 17 December 45.
Navy Photo 7471-45
Darryl Baker
De Haven 85kBow on view of USS De Haven (DD-727) moored at the South end of Mare Island on 10 December 1945.
Navy Photo 7473-45
Darryl Baker
De Haven
101kUSS De Haven underway at a distance on a cruise with USS Bremerton (CA-130), March 1946Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
De Haven 34kATA-122, USS De Haven (DD 727) and USS Mansfield (DD 728) are about to undock for Mare Island's dry dock 3 during Navy Day celebrations at Mare Island on 27 October 1947. The USS Mansfield is to the left of USS De Haven and she is behind ATA-122.Darryl Baker
De Haven 88kBow on view of USS De Haven (DD-727) anchored off Mare Island on 5 November 1947.
Navy Photo 2126-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 96kBroadside view of USS De Haven (DD-727) off Mare Island on 5 November 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 10 September to 18 November 1947.
Navy Photo 2128-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 102kStern view of USS De Haven (DD-727) off Mare Island on 5 November 1947.
Navy Photo 2130-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 104kAft plan view of USS De Haven (DD-727) with USS Mansfield (DD-728) outboard at Mare Island on 12 November 1947.
Navy Photo 2219-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 176kForward plan view of USS De Haven (DD-727) with USS Mansfield (DD-728) outboard at Mare Island on 12 Nov 1947.
Navy Photo 2221-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 103kAft plan view of USS Mansfield (DD-728) outboard of USS De Haven (DD-727) at Mare Island on 12 November 1947.
Navy Photo 2205-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 183kForward plan view of USS Mansfield (DD-728) outboard of USS De Haven (DD-727) at Mare Island on 12 November 1947.

Navy Photo 2207-47
Darryl Baker
De Haven 84kDestroyer Division 91 (L to R): Mansfield (DD-728) (flag ship); Collett (DD-730); De Haven (DD-727) and Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), at buoy in San Diego harbor, circa July-August 1948.Richard A. Bowman QM2
De Haven 77kSan Diego, circa 1950's.Marc Piché
De Haven 55kFrom the January 1952 All Hands magazine.Stanley Svec
De Haven 202kMen of Destroyer Division 91 crowd the foc'sle and superstructure of their ships in Sasebo, Japan, to receive their Navy Unit Commendations. During the presentation on the Mansfield, a crane crew in the background continues its task of installing new gun barrels on the De Haven. Streaks of red lead on the Collett and the Swenson in the foreground show the work that has occupied all the crews while in port. By coincidence the famed 'Sitting Duck' destroyers are berthed in their numerical order: USS De Haven (DD-727), Mansfield (DD-728), Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), and Collett (DD-730)." Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 18 December 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
De Haven 85kCirca 1955, location unknown.George Ireland
De Haven 107kJuly 1958, location unknown.Robert Hurst
De Haven 83kTaken just after FRAM in San Francisco (about 1960), photographer unknown.Don Hope
De Haven 233kWe believe this was taken as the USS De Haven (DD-727) was transiting San Francisco Bay circa 1960-1961 after modernization under the FRAM program. Photo courtesy of Scott Martin of the DeHaven Sailors Association.Bill Gonyo
De Haven 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 Wiltsie (DD 716), USS Hamner (DD718), and USS Morton (DD948). We were moored in San Diego Bay.Al Creasy, ENS USS Morton
De Haven 138kUnderway in the 1960's.K. Dupree, YNCS, USN(Ret)
De Haven 72kYokosuka Japan, 14 June 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
De Haven 67kYokosuka Japan, 14 June 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
De Haven 90kYokosuka Japan, June 1966. Good Image Of Her Towed Sonar Gear© Richard Leonhardt
De Haven 74kYokosuka Japan, 14 June 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
De Haven 175kPhoto by Jerry Feola, VAW-33 Det. 11, aboard USS Intrepid (CVS 11) during her 1967 Vietnam cruise, 11 May - 30 December 1967.Jerry Feola
De Haven 105kAs viewed from the USS Ticonderoga's 1968 Vietnam cruise (28 December 1967 - 17 August 1968).Jerry Beasley
De Haven 179kAs above.Jerry Beasley
De Haven 99kThis one is an official Navy Photo taken underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 19 November 1970. Photographer C.P. Weston, PM3Sam Barraco
De Haven 78kOff Oahu, Hawaii, 19 November 1970.Robert Hurst
De Haven 115kOff Oahu, Hawaii, 19 November 1970.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Craig Chaddock
De Haven 53kSan Francisco September 1973.Marc Piché
De Haven 105kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) Moored at San Diego, California, with two other destroyers, circa 1945-46. Middle ship is USS De Haven (DD-727). Courtesy of John Hummel, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
DeHaven 32kDesRon 9 in Long Beach; USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727).Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
De Haven 64kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
De Haven 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
De Haven 116kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
De Haven 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
De Haven 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Republic of Korea Service
De Haven 113kAs the Korean DD-918, formerly DD-98.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
De Haven 95kAs the Korean DD-918, formerly DD-98.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Bagley Dimmick    Mar 31 1944 - Jun 17 1945

CDR William Heald Groverman Jr.    Jun 17 1945 - Dec 6 1946 (Later RADM)

CDR William Metcalfe Kaufman    Dec 6 1946 - Aug 19 1948

CDR Millard John Smith    Aug 19 1948 - Oct 15 1950

CDR Oscar Berndherd Lundgren    Oct 15 1950 - Apr 1 1951

CDR Farrell Burton McFarland    Apr 1 1951 - Jun 17 1952

CDR Theodore Charles Siegmund    Jun 17 1952 - Oct 10 1953

CDR Thomas Ward Hunt    Oct 10 1953 - Aug 1 1955

CDR Floyd Murphy Symons    Aug 1 1955 - Oct 3 1957

CDR John Joseph Phillips    Oct 3 1957 - Jul 9 1959

CDR William Calhoun Singletary - Jul 9 1959 - Oct 21 1961

CDR James Ward Montgomery    Oct 21 1961 - Jul 24 1963 (Later ADM)

CDR John Augustine Delaney    Jul 24 1963 - Aug 13 1964

CDR Robert Perry Chrisler    Aug 13 1964 - May 2 1966

CAPT Donald Anthony Franz    May 2 1966 - Aug 6 1968

CDR Edward Joseph Casey Jr.    Aug 6 1968 - Jan 15 1970

CDR Henry Clay Morris Jr.    Jan 15 1970 - Jul 23 1971

CDR Howard Frederick Burdick Jr.    Jul 23 1971 - Feb 23 1973

CDR Joe Duke Edwards    Feb 23 1973 - Sep 21 1973

LCDR Ronald Lynn Bunce    Sep 21 1973 - Dec 3 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jim Riggen
Address: 2531 N. Kingsdale Rd., Joplin, MO 64804-1340
Phone: 417-624-5718

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 De Haven website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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