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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BAIT HOOK

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 Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. March 26 1944. Launched October 5 1945 and commissioned March 21 1947.
Reclassified DDE-764 March 4 1950.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1961.
Reverted to DD-764 June 30 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken October 12 1972.
To Taiwan October 12 1972, renamed Dang Yang.
Stricken March 16 1999.
Fate Sunk as artificial reef October 31 2002.

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Thomas 115kLloyd Thomas was born 10 March 1912 at Nelsonville, Ohio; graduated from Ohio University in June 1935; was appointed aviation cadet 4 October 1938; and commissioned ensign 26 October 1939. He Joined Torpedo Squadron 6 in Enterprise 13 December 1939 and a year later was promoted to lieutenant (jg.). He gave his life in his squadron’s immortal attack in the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and courage in combat.Bill Gonyo
Thomas 63kUndated postcard Copyright © Arnold Art, Newport, RI.Mike Smolinski
Thomas 110kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Thomas 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Thomas 140kUnderway in San Francisco Bay, March 31 1947.Ed Zajkowski
Thomas 254kUnderway in San Francisco Bay, March 31 1947. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-371339Robert Hurst
Thomas 155kcirca 1948, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Thomas 215kThe USS Valley Forge (CV-45) along with the USS William C. Lawe (DD-763), USS William M. Wood (DD-715), USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) and the USS Keppler (DD-765) during their 1948 World Cruise at Pearl Harbor.Bob Bush
Thomas 221kNewport R.I. Navy Base between January 1951 and May 1952. From the collection of Eugene Mcfadden PH3 USS Cascade.Gene Mcfadden
Thomas 570kCirca 1953, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Thomas 37kUnderway at sea, 1950s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107158.Robert Hurst
Thomas 76kScenes from the USS Lloyd Thomas Cruisebook from Jan-Mar 1957. From the collection of Robert Frampton, CAPT (SC), USN (Ret.). In this photo are the USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764), USS Keppler (DD-765) and the USS Harwood (DD-861).Robert Hall
Thomas 63kAs above.Robert Hall
Thomas 142kAs above.Robert Hall
Thomas 109kAs above.Robert Hall
Thomas 57kAs above. To the left of the USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) are the USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028) and the USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030).Robert Hall
Thomas 113kSecond Division in May 1961 at Pier 1, Newport, RI.Charlie Sauer
Thomas 178kAt Genoa January 1 1962.Carlo Martinelli
Thomas 51kAtlantic, November 28 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Thomas 194kChristmas time 1969 at Newport RI, (L to R) Keppler, Lloyd Thomas, Garcia and Courtney.Ed Zajkowski
Thomas 79kUndated but during the Thomas' deployment to Vietnam showing damage to Mount 51.Mike Poulin
Thomas 86kAs above.Mike Poulin
Thomas 180kUSS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) underway at sea in the 1960s, after her FRAM II-modernization. Official U.S. Navy photo from the collections U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # UA 22.01.01.John A. Pisanelli/Robert Hurst
Thomas 759k Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 27 April 1970. Photographed by PH1 Dixon M. Dreher, USN. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107281Robert Hurst
Thomas 401kMoored at Pearl Harbor, as seen from Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), 09 June 1970Joe O'Loughlin
Thomas 189kUSS Ashtabula (AO-51), receives retrograde from USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) off the coast of Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, June 18 1972.Glenn R. Sirkis
Thomas 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Thomas 61kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Thomas 37kOne of her Squadron patches.Dave Cupples
On Republic of China Service
Thomas 161kTwo views of the ROCS Dang Yang (966, ex-USS Lloyd Thomas, DD-764), tied up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, September 1977. Photos taken by Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Thomas 189kAs above.Robert Hurst

USS LLOYD THOMAS DD-764 / DDE-764 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Ingham Cone    Mar 21 1947 - Nov 9 1948

CDR Andrew Douglas Jackson Jr.    Nov 9 1948 - Jul 22 1950

CDR Richard Joseph Dressling    Jul 22 1950 - Dec 6 1951

CDR William Howard Rowen    Dec 6 1951 - 1953

CDR Frank Lavon Bogart    1953 - Dec 2 1955

CDR Davis Cone    Dec 2 1955 - Oct 29 1957

CDR Clarence Miller Brooks Jr.    Oct 29 1957 - Feb 14 1959

CDR Clarence Robert Beyer    Feb 14 1959 - Jun 3 1960

CDR Paul Louis Nuschke    Jun 3 1960 - Dec 29 1961

CDR Albert Van Acker    Dec 9 1961 - 1962

CDR Richard Dolan Hertzig    1963 - 1965

CDR Richard Earl Nicholson    1965 - Nov 25 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR William Henry Meanix Jr.    Nov 25 1966 - 1969

CDR David Anthony    1969 - 1969

LCDR Merton Arcadus Pearson    1969 - 1969

CDR Leo G. Brown    1969 - 1970

CDR Edward Fell Jardine Jr.    1971 - Oct 12 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Scott Sheffer
Address: PO Box 37, Lamartine, PA 16375
Phone: Home (814)797-5458 Cell (412)951-0588
Next Reunion: April 18-24, 2024, Galveston/Houston, TX

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 Lloyd Thomas Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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