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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBGE

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SEA BREEZE

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,Staten Island NY November 1 1944.
Launched April 12 1945 and commissioned July 21 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1962.
Decommissioned December 12 1974.
Fate Sunk as target in Caribbean November 15 1981.

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Ware 92kCharles Rollins Ware, born 11 March 1911 in Knoxville, Tenn., enlisted in the Navy 14 June 1929, and the following year was appointed to the Naval Academy. After graduation in 1934, he served in Texas (BB-35) and Dahlgren (DD-187) until February 1940 when he entered flight training at Pensacola. Serving with Scouting Squadron 5, based on Yorktown (CV-5), Lieutenant Ware was reported missing in action 4 June 1942 during the Battle of Midway. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in pressing home his attack on the Japanese fleet in the face of fierce fighter opposition and formidable antiaircraft fire.Bill Gonyo
Ware 51kUndated World War II image.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Ware 167kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD 865) WWII configuration. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Ware 142kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD 865) after post war conversion. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
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Commissioning pamphlet - July 21 1945
Wolfgang Hechler
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Photos taken by my late dad, EM3c Frank Badalamenti in February-March of 1946. His ship, USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865) was escorting the USS Midway on "Operation Frostbite" , an experiment to learn how a task force might operate in extreme cold conditions. They were cruising around Labrador during this time.
Steve Badalamenti
Ware 113kSixth Fleet warships anchored off the city, during a "good will" visit, 2 March 1950. Note Navy personnel on the landing at left centre, with United States and Turkish flags flying nearby. Ships present are from left to right: USS Glennon (DD-840); USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865); USS Newport News (CA-148); USS Everett F. Larson (DDR-830) and USS Midway (CVB-41). Photo No 80-G-413452.Robert Hurst
Ware 69kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ware 238kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) and USS Fiske (DD-842) in Genoa during March 1954.Carlo Martinelli
Ware 201kUSS Hawkins (DD-873), USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) and USS Fiske (DD-842) in Genoa during August 1954.Carlo Martinelli
Ware 65kCirca 1956, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ware 155kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) during her 1957 Mediterranean deployment.Bill Gonyo
Ware 163kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) during her 1958 Mediterranean deployment.Bill Gonyo
Ware 150kUSS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) officers during her 1958 Mediterranean deployment.Bill Gonyo
Ware 162kThe USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) conducts a underway replenishment as the USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) sails along behind the oiler during the Northern Europe Cruise of 1964.Bill Gonyo
Ware 173kChesapeake Bay, July 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Ware 78kChesapeke Bay, July 1964. (Full Image)© Richard Leonhardt
Ware 58kChesapeke Bay, July 1964. (Close Up Of Ship)© Richard Leonhardt
Ware 101kThree scenes of the USS Sylvania (AFS-2) doing underway replenishment with the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) and the USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) during a 1965 Mediterranean deployment.William C. Swisher
Ware 82kAs above.William C. Swisher
Ware 97kAs above.William C. Swisher
Ware 207kPort view of the USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) circa 1967 at an unknown location. A & J Pavia; 1967-68 Jane’s Fighting Ships.Mike Green
Ware 175kUnderway off Oahu. USN photo 1121663 of March 18 1967 by A.R Foss, PH3. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Ware 86kApproaching the USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) on Operation Sea Dragon off the coast of North Vietnam, Spring 1967.Eric Bollin/Robert Hurst
Ware 228kCirca 1967, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ware 251kDecember 19 1972, crewmen from DD-865 and AGF-3 carry a survivor from the SEA STAR, a South Korean tanker which collied with the Brazilian supertanker SS HORTA BARBOSA.Ed Zajkowski
Ware 210kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski/Gerd Matthes
Ware 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Henry Robert Wier    Jul 21 1945 - May 1946
CDR Baxter Leon Russell    May 1946 - Jun 1947
CDR Gilbert Hesser Mitchell    Jun 1947 - Dec 1948
CDR Edwin Anderson McDonald    Dec 1948 - Jun 1950
LCDR William Francis Farrell    Jun 1950 - Jun 1950 (Acting) (Later RADM)
CDR John Edward Wicks Jr.    Jun 1950 - Apr 1952
CDR John Boynton Davenport    Apr 1952 - Jul 1954
CDR John Charles Fisher    Jul 1954 - Jul 1956
CDR George Frederick Britner Jr.    Jul 1956 - Sep 1958
CDR Robert Buel Pettitt    Sep 1958 - Jan 5 1960
CDR Robert Maynes Dampier    Jan 5 1960 - Jan 31 1961
CDR Wirt Cummings Thayer    Jan 31 1961 - Dec 4 1961
CDR Norman Chaffee Bohan    Dec 4 1961 - Oct 26 1963
CDR Carson Robert Worley    Oct 26 1963 - Jul 1965
CDR Warren Mason Cone    Jul 1965 - Nov 25 1966 (Later RADM)
CDR Joseph Thomas Neville    Nov 25 1966 - Mar 1969
CDR Francis William (Bill) Cronin    Mar 1969 - Sep 1970
CDR Thomas Ronald Mathis    Sep 1970 - Mar 1972
CDR John Norman Ryan    Mar 1972 - Sep 1973
CDR Gary Gene Christensen    Sep 1973 - Dec 12 1974

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Frank Biondo
Address: 579 Buxton Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: 516-481-0034

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 Charles R. Ware Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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