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USS TIMMERMAN (DD-828 / EDD-828 / AG-152)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYY

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, 100,000 SHP (in theory); 1 (port) General Electric Turbine 2,000psi/1,050 degrees F,
1 (starboard) Westinghouse turbine 875psi/1,050 degrees F (both intended for the cancelled DD-452), 2 screws
Speed, Est 40-43 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 1 1945.
Reclassified EDD-828 March 4 1950.
Launched May 19 1951 and commissioned September 26 1952.
Reclassified AG-152 January 11 1954.
Decommissioned July 27 1956.
Stricken April 4 1958.
Fate Sold to Boston Metals Company of Baltimore, MD and scrapped in their Curtis Bay Yard.

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Timmerman 52kGrant F. Timmerman was born on 14 February 1919 in Americus, Kansas and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 28 October 1937. He served at various Marine Corps posts and stations on the west coast and in China before the outbreak of World War II. Sergeant Timmerman participated in the invasion and capture of Tarawa in November 1943 as a member of the 2d Marine Division. In June and July 1944, he served as a tank commander with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan. Sergeant Timmerman was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his conduct on 15 and 16 June 1944. His citation reads: "Continuously exposed to shattering blasts from Japanese mortars during hazardous night and day landing operations, Sergeant Timmerman steadfastly manned his gun and delivered vigorous, accurate fire against bitter enemy counterattacks, thereby assisting vitally in the maintenance of our position." Sergeant Timmerman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life during action against Japanese forces on 8 July 1944. "Advancing with his tank a few yards ahead of the infantry in support of a vigorous attack on hostile positions, Sergeant Timmerman maintained steady fire from his antiaircraft sky mount machinegun until progress was impeded by a series of enemy trenches and pillboxes. Observing a target of opportunity, he immediately ordered the tank stopped and, mindful of the danger from the muzzle blast as he prepared to open fire with the 75-mm. [gun], fearlessly stood up in the turret and ordered the infantry to hit the deck. Quick to act as a grenade, hurled by the Japanese, was about to drop into the open turret hatch, Sergeant Timmerman unhesitatingly blocked the opening with his body, holding the grenade against his chest and taking the brunt of the explosion. His exceptional valor and loyalty in saving his men at the cost of his own life reflect the highest credit upon Sergeant Timmerman and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country." Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Timmerman 157k1952 - USS Timmerman DD-828 under construction at the Bath Iron Works, Bath ME. Originally planned as a Gearing Class destroyer, the last of the 2250-Tonners. Work was temporarily suspended January 7,1946 at 45.5% completion. Later completed as an experimental destroyer, EDD-828. Had an aluminum superstructure and rated at 100,000 horsepower. Reclassified AG-152 December 11,1953. Stricken from the United States Navy List April 4,1958 and sold for scrap April 21,1959. Copyright 1998-2005 Bath Iron Works A General Dynamics Company, All rights reserved.Fred Weiss
Timmerman 37kTaken when she was launched on 19 May 1951 at the Bath Iron Works. Scanned from an old newspaper photo.John C. Fort DSCM USN Retired
Timmerman 63kUSS Timmerman (DD-828) on the day it was launched. View is from the Carlton Bridge, looking south down the Kennebec River.Robert Hurst
Timmerman 108kCommissioning Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME, September 26 1952. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Timmerman 36kCirca 1953, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Timmerman 193kApril 5 1953, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Timmerman 50kMassachusetts Bay, April 22 1953.Robert Hurst
Timmerman 135kUnderway off Newport, Rhode Island, on 10 July 1953. Note the various non-standard features of this experimental destroyerR. A. Moody
Timmerman 160kAs AG-152, moored at Boston Navy Yard during the early 1950s. NPS collection, Bosts-8632. Used for educational and non-commercial purposes.John Chiquoine

USS TIMMERMAN DD-828 / EDD-828 / AG-152 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Earl Hoffman    Sep 26 1952 - Nov 13 1953

CDR Stanley Edmund Wagenhals    Nov 13 1953 - Oct 29 1954

CDR John Joseph Reidy Jr.    Oct 29 1954 - ?

LCDR Earl Robert Schwass    Feb 1 1956 - Jun 4 1956

LCDR Frank Benjamin Guest Jr.    Jun 4 1956 - Jul 27 1956

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