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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FIGURE HEAD

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
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. November 4 1943.
Launched August 12 1944 and commissioned April 26 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade July 1962.
Decommissioned January 15 1971.
Stricken February 1 1973.
Fate To Taiwan May 6 1974 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Lofberg 47kGus Brynolf Lofberg, Jr., born in Manitou, Mich., 6 April 1903, graduated from the Naval Academy 2 June 1927. He served on board such ships as Concord (CL-10) I William B. Preston (DD-344), Mae Leish (DD-220). Arctic (AF-7), and California (BB-44) before receiving his first command, Little (DD-79) on 27 February 1942. Six months later Little was engaged in the fierce struggle waged over Guadalcanal Island. On the night of 4 September 1942 his destroyer unhesitatingly challenged a vastly superior Japanese naval force then engaged in shelling American-held shore positions. Lieutenant Commander Lofberg was listed as “missing in action" after his ship was set afire and sunk. For this action he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal.Bill Gonyo
Lofberg 97kArtist's conception of the Lofberg as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul 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
Lofberg 132kUndated, location unknown.Steve Singlar
Lofberg 137kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Lofberg 148kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Lofberg 187kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Lofberg 63kUSS Lofberg (DD 759) entering San Francisco, May 3 1945. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo # 19-N-83460.Robert Hurst
Lofberg 93kBow on view of USS Lofberg (DD 759) at the South end of Mare Island on 31 March 1947.Darryl Baker
Lofberg 111kStern view of USS Lofberg (DD 759) at the South end of Mare Island on 31 March 1947.Darryl Baker
Lofberg 66kBroadside view of USS Lofberg (DD 759) off Mare Island on 31 March 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 13 Dec. 1946 to 7 April 1947.Darryl Baker
Lofberg 159kUSS Lofberg (DD 759) off Mare Island on March 31. 1947. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Lofberg 58kTwo views of the USS Lofberg as seen from the USS Valley Forge in 1950 during the Korean War.Gary Schreffler
Lofberg 56kAs above.Gary Schreffler
Lofberg 90kUSS Dixie (AD 14) at Sasebo, Japan with USS John A. Bole (DD 755); USS Buck (DD 761); USS John W. Thomason (DD 760); and USS Lofberg (DD 759) moored to port, circa 1953.Wayne Schafer
Lofberg 97kCover page of the 1959-1960 Cruisebook.David Quiroz
Lofberg 189kUSS Lofberg (DD 759) circa 1959-60. Photo from the photo shop aboard USS Piedmont (AD 17). Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Lofberg 144kCirca 1959-1962, photo by Robert Parrott crewman of the USS Midway (CVA-41).John Parrott
Lofberg 111kNestled alongside the U.S.S. Kearsarge (CVS-33) at San Diego, are three modern destroyer escorts and three destroyers of the COMCRUDESPAC force. The carrier and her group of 'greyhound' make up a Navy Hunter-Killer Group now operating in the Pacific. Included are the (outboard in) USS Bridget (DE-1024), USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Hooper (DE-1026) all of CORTRON THREE; USS Lofberg (DD-759), USS Taussig (DD-746) and the USS John A. Bole (DD-755), all of DESDIV 72." Official U.S. Navy photograph dated 4 March 1961.Hoyt "Bud" Colburn collection, via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific
Lofberg 211kUSS Klondike (AR-22) In Subic Bay, Philippines, on 1 November 1963. The destroyers alongside, all "FRAM II" types of Destroyer Squadron 15, are: (from inboard to outboard): USS Taussig (DD-746); USS John A. Bole (DD-755); USS Lofberg (DD-759); and USS John W. Thomason (DD-760). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Lofberg 685kUSS Lofberg (DD-759) Underway at sea, March 1965. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107153.Robert Hurst
Lofberg 53kJoe M. Loring was with the 73rd SAC in Vung Tau, RVN in 1968 when his brother Jerry's ship, the Lofberg, entered the harbor for a visit.Joe M. Loring
Lofberg 43kAs above.Joe M. Loring
Lofberg 62kAs above.Joe M. Loring
Lofberg 172kSeptember 3 1970, in San Diego for decommissioning.Ed Zajkowski
Lofberg 39kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Oakley Beer    Apr 26 1945 - Nov 18 1945 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Powell Walker    Nov 18 1945 - Jun 11 1946

LCDR George Austin Gardes    Jun 11 1946 - Feb 15 1947

LCDR John Dale Pye Hodapp Jr.    Feb 15 1947 - Jun 11 1947

LCDR Wayne Mowrer Newport    Jun 11 1947 - Jul 14 1947

CDR Joseph Hawes Wesson    Jul 14 1947 - Dec 1 1949

CDR Robert Wallace McElrath Jr.    Dec 1 1949 - Jan 13 1951

CDR Robert Alonzo Phillips    Jan 13 1951 - Mar 12 1952

CDR Ernest William (Bill) Dobie Jr.    Mar 12 1952 - Apr 5 1954 (Later RADM)

CDR Sidney Brooks    Apr 5 1954 - Nov 16 1955

CDR Rupert Dexter Hawley    Nov 16 1955 - Jan 7 1958

CDR Neil Hartman Fisher    Jan 7 1958 - Dec 15 1958

CDR Russell Kaye Prout    Dec 15 1958 - Aug 17 1960

CDR Robert Thomas Lundy    Aug 17 1960 - Sep 8 1962

CDR Willard Robert Hartman    Sep 8 1962 - Jan 15 1964

CDR Richard Marshall Husty    Jan 15 1964 - Mar 31 1965

CDR William George Madill Jr.    Mar 31 1965 - Oct 1 1966

CDR Richard Carner Gardner    Oct 1 1966 - Feb 3 1968

CDR John Eynon White    Feb 3 1968 - 1969

CDR Wilbur John Sherlock    1969 - 1970

CDR Eugene Timothy Connors    Jul 1970 - Jan 15 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Wayne Reynolds
Address: 1981 Tilburg Ave, Deltona, FL 32725
Phone: (386)789-8612

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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