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USS CARPENTER (DD-825 / DDK-825 / DDE-825)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYS

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PIRATE

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Consolidated Steel, Orange TX
Laid down 30 July 1945
Launched 28 December 1945
Reclassified Hunter Killer Destroyer DDK-825 28 January 1948
Commissioned 15 December 1949
Reclassified Escort Destroyer DDE-825 04 March 1950
Reverted to DD-825 30 June 1962
Completed FRAM upgrade March 1965
Can be seen in the 1980 adventure movie "Raise the Titanic."
Decommissioned 20 February 1981
Stricken 06 August 1987
To Turkey 20 February 1981, renamed TCG Anittepe (D 347)
Stricken November 1997
Fate Broken up for scrap, 1999

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Carpenter 23kDonald Marshall Carpenter, born in Hopbottom, Pennsylvania, on 6 March 1894, attended grade schools in Scranton and high school in McKeesport, and was appointed a midshipman from the 30th District of Pennsylvania on 11 July 1912. Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, on 2 June 1916, “Doc” Carpenter reported to his first ship, Wyoming (Battleship No. 32) on 17 June. He was commissioned ensign on 5 July 1916. During his World War I service in Wyoming, Carpenter received temporary promotions to lieutenant (junior grade) (3 October 1917) and lieutenant (6 February 1918); permanent promotions to those ranks followed, on 12 March 1920 and 31 March 1921, respectively. Detached from Wyoming on 16 May 1921, Carpenter reported to Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, five days later, and over the ensuing months, helped fit out the new battleship California (BB-44). Detached from California on 8 May 1922, Carpenter was slated to join Nevada (BB-36) before her departure for the Atlantic coast, but received authorization to proceed to Pensacola, Florida, via commercial transportation, at his own expense, “for temporary duty under instruction in heavier-than-air craft.” Opting for flight training over continued service in battleships, Carpenter, authorized a month’s delay in transit, reported to NAS Pensacola on 19 June 1922. Upon completion of flight training, Carpenter was detached from NAS Pensacola on 3 April 1923; he also married Clara Moreno the same day (a union that ultimately produced two sons). He reported for duty with Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, on 27 April 1923, and remained with that aeronautical organization until assigned temporary duty with Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet; he served with that unit until 20 May 1925. Commissioned lieutenant commander on 5 February 1927 while at Pensacola, Carpenter joined Stoddert (DD-302) on 23 June 1928 upon that destroyer’s return from operations with the Battle Fleet in Hawaiian waters, and served as her executive officer until 20 September 1929. Ordered to Langley (CV-1), he reported for duty the following day, and served in that aircraft carrier until 30 June 1930. Assuming command on 30 June 1930 of Scouting Squadron (VS) 3B, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, which operated in the air group assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-2), he remained in that billet through his squadron’s being assigned to Carrier Divisions, U.S. Fleet, on 25 October 1930. Leaving VS-3B on 25 April 1931, Carpenter became executive officer of Fleet Air Base (FAB), Coco Solo, Canal Zone, on 26 May 1931, a billet he filled for almost two years, until relieved on 19 July 1933 to assume the post of operations officer for Aircraft Squadrons, Coco Solo. During the late summer of 1933, Carpenter commanded the ferry flight of the first division of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5F from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to FAB Coco Solo. Carpenter flew 5-P-2, one of six Consolidated P2Y-1 flying boats that departed Norfolk mid-way through the first dog watch on 7 September 1933 (accompanied personally during the initial stages of the flight by Rear Admiral Ernest J. King, Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, in a Vought SU-1) and reached its destination, a little over halfway through the second dog watch the next day, having covered the 1,788 nautical miles in a total elapsed time of 25 hours and 29 minutes. In the longest non-stop formation seaplane flight in history, the six flying boats battled headwinds for almost the entire aerial voyage, at one point encountering a heavy squall with velocity approaching 50 knots. Detached from FAB Coco Solo on 15 May 1934, Carpenter reported on board seaplane tender Wright (AV-1) three days later, and became her navigator on 30 May 1934. He carried out those duties until hospitalized at the U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, California, on 20 November 1934. Released the following spring, he served at NAS San Diego from 11 April to 3 September 1935 before he became Inspector of Naval Aircraft, San Diego, on the latter date. Detached on 10 July 1936 to the Naval Training Station, San Diego, he was relieved of all active duty and placed on the retired list on 1 October 1936. Carpenter died of lobar pneumonia at the U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, on 4 April 1940. On 18 June 1945, Mrs. Edward S. Shaw, sister of Carpenter’s widow Clara, wrote to Admiral King, then Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet (who had commanded Lexington when Carpenter had commanded VS-3B) suggesting that a ship be named for the late leader of VP-5F’s historic flight in 1933, citing the "sincere respect" her brother-in-law had felt for King. "I sincerely hope you will not consider me presumptuous," she wrote, "but if you could lend your approval to such an honor for ‘Doc’ as we all knew him, I would appreciate it very much." "Please do this if you can," King wrote to the Chief of Naval Personnel, who recommended the name assignment on 10 July 1945; consequently, on 14 July 1945, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal assigned the name Carpenter to DD-825. In writing to Secretary Forrestal upon being informed of the naming of the ship, Carpenter’s widow wrote on 9 August 1945 of her “deep appreciation of the honor bestowed on my two sons and me in the naming of this ship for my late husband and I hope her record will be one of which to be proud..."Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
USS Carpenter (DD/DDK/DDE-825)
Carpenter 63kUndated, location unknown.-
Carpenter 98kUndereway off Point Loma, date unknown. Photo © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Robert M. Cieri
Carpenter 102kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Carpenter 67kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59 Edition.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 83kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Carpenter 123kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Carpenter 245kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Carpenter 143kCommissioning ceremony at Orange, TX, 15 December 1949.Ron Reeves
Carpenter 178kCommissioning ceremony at Orange, TX, 15 December 949. Acme NewsphotoDave Wright
Carpenter 57kCirca 1950, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 132kUSS Carpenter (DDE-825) in her original configuration, January 1953. Official USN photo taken from "Das FRAM-Modernisierungsprogramm der U.S. Navy" by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 124kUSS Carpenter (DDE-825) digs her bow into a whitecap-flecked sea as she comes alongside Boxer during a Formosa Straits patrol, 20 August 1953. U.S. Navy Photograph 80-G-628675, Still Pictures Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 42kUSS Carpenter (DDE-825) underway, circa in 1955. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Boxer (CVA-21) 1955-56 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 93kUSS Carpenter (DDE-825) underway 2 May 1957. Photo was taken from a helicopter assigned to USS Philippine Sea (CVS-47). Official USN photo taken from "Das FRAM-Modernisierungsprogramm der U.S. Navy" by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 126kCirca 1958, location unknown.Rodney Leggett
Carpenter 176kImage of the USS O'Bannon (DD-450) and USS Carpenter (DD-825) from ALL HANDS magazine dated April 1960.Stanley Svec/Robert Hurst
Carpenter 81kUSS Carpenter (DDE-825) refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12), in 1962. Hornet, with assigned Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 6 June to 21 December 1962. Note the large amount of fuel oil spilled on Carpenter´s decks. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Hornet (CVS-12) 1962 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 122kCarpenter veering away from the USS Constellation (CVA-64) after being refueled, 02 March 1963.-
297kA Soviet Whiskey Canvas Bag-class radar picket submarine is escorted by the destroyer USS Carpenter (DD-825) and a Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2 (HS-2) "Golden Falcons" after it was discovered near the USS Hornet (CVS-12) task group during exercises in the Sea of Japan on 06 January 1964. A Soviet trawler and a destroyer were also sighted by the task group during the exercises. Note that the Sea King helicopter has deployed its sonar. The Sea King is probably BuNo 148971.Bob Canchola
Carpenter 132kUSS Carpenter (DD-825) underway in June 1965 following her FRAM 1 refit. Note the 5"/38 mount forward and the ASROC launcher fitted between the funnels. Official USN photo taken from "Das FRAM-Modernisierungsprogramm der U.S. Navy" by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 111kUSS Ranger (CVA 61) with USS Carpenter (DD 825) in plane guard position during their 1966 Westpac Deployment.Darryl Baker
Carpenter 35kSubic Bay, May 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Carpenter 162kGearing class conversion which was a test bed for the yet to be built USS Norfolk (DL-1). She is shown with her new modified bridge with both her twin 3"/70 main mount with the Weapon A located in a superfiring position forward.-
Carpenter 32kSydney harbor in 1967.Norman G. Bliss, LTJG and MPA
Carpenter 79kUSS Carpenter (DD-825) underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in the Gulf of Tonkin, 1969. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 132kComing alongside the USS England (DLG-22) in heavy weather to highline personnel. Late 1968 during a WestPac deployment.John Spivey
Carpenter 73kAs above.John Spivey
Carpenter 53kCirca 1970, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Carpenter 23kSan Francisco December 1973.Marc Piché
Carpenter 169kUSS Carpenter (DD-825) underway, circa 1975. USN official photo.Robert Hurst
Carpenter   Carpenter   Carpenter   Carpenter
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1975
Wolfgang Hechler
Carpenter 144kOff the coast of San Diego, California in February 1976. Photographer: PHAN Lonny J. Bulock, of USS Ranger (CV-61). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107128.Robert Hurst
Carpenter 150kUSS Carpenter (DD 825) seen from the wheel house of a tug bring a pilot to the ship. The ship was on her way to Stockton, CA for Armed Forces Day on May 15, 1980.Darryl Baker
Carpenter 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Carpenter 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Carpenter 55kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
TCG Anittepe (D 347)
Carpenter 45kUndated, location unknown.Murat Kurtulmus
Carpenter 44kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Carpenter 51kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Carpenter 35kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Carpenter 51kUndated, location unknown. Photo taken from HMS Active.Donald Hodgson (ex-RN)
Carpenter 48kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Carpenter 111kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Carpenter 55kCirca 1980's, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 47kCirca 1980's, location unknown.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 63kCirca 1990's at Gölcük Naval Yard.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 203k1983 in the Agean Sea.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 125kFrom the 1983-84 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 80kBow view, arriving Barcelona, May 16, 1990.Marc Piché
Carpenter 79kBow view at sea at close quarters, Western Mediterranean, May 21, 1990.Marc Piché
Carpenter 71kStern view, Western Mediterranean, May 21, 1990.Marc Piché
Carpenter 55kBelching black smoke, Western Mediterranean, May 23, 1990.Marc Piché
Carpenter 150k1997 at Istanbul for the 30 August Victory parade.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 150kAs above.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 210kAs above.Cüneyt Demir
Carpenter 105kShip's plaque.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy

USS CARPENTER DD-825 / DDK-825 / DDE-825 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Bizzell Grady    Dec 15 1949 - Jun 1951

CDR Elward Francis Baldridge    Jun 1951 - Mar 1953

CDR Royal Knight Joslin    Mar 1953 - Jun 1955

CDR Melvin Earl Bustard Jr.    Jun 1955 - Jun 1957

CDR Ian Marshall Laird    Jun 1957 - 1959

CDR Albert Paul Hulten    1959 - 1961

CDR Robert Gronendyke Hutzel    1961 - 1962

CDR Charles Ward Cummings    1962 - 1964 (Later RADM)

LCDR Donald Wayne Jones    1964 - 1964

LT Robert Burns Cress    1964 - 1965

CDR Glenn Wesley Wineman    1965 - 1966

CDR William Beck Jr.    1966 - 1968

CDR Howard Norman Kay    1968 - Jul 1970

CDR Richard William Blaes    Jul 1970 - Jan 1971

CDR Cornelius Thomas O'Neill    Jan 1971 - Sep 1973

CDR Donald David Sheppard    Sep 1973 - Oct 1975

CDR Charles Walter Jauss    Oct 1975 - Jan 15 1977

CDR Robert Richard Denis    Jan 15 1977 - Mar 30 1979

CDR Frederick Gilbert Kleyn III    Mar 30 1979 - Feb 20 1981

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Presley
Address: 4530 Lobos Ave, San Jose, CA 95111
Phone: (408) 972-5165

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 Carpenter website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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