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|14k||Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg was born on 31 May 1920 in Daggett, Michigan. After enlisting in the Navy in July 1941 and receiving recruit training at Great
Lakes, Illinois, he served on board USS Idaho (BB 42) and USS Advent (AM 83). Promoted to Coxswain in May 1943 and to Boatswain's Mate, Second Class, in October 1943,
Hammerberg attended the Deep Sea Diving School at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., in 1944. He was then assigned to the Pacific Fleet Salvage Force. On 17 February 1945, during
salvage operations in Pearl Harbor, he lost his life while heroically working to rescue two fellow divers. Boatswain's Mate Hammerberg was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his
actions at that time.
USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) (1955-1973) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the Medal of Honor Heritage Center)
|146k||undated: the Atlantic Ocean - Port broadside view of USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 81807 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|46k||1955: post commissioning||Roger W. Kapes|
(Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59")
England, United Kingdom
|194k||23 September 1959: Yorkshire, Great Britain - USS Hammerberg off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, on the occasion of the unveiling of the toposcope to
commemorate John Paul Jones.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH115836 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|184k||23 September 1959: Yorkshire, Great Britain - The unveiling of John Paul Jones Commemorative Toposcope erected by Bridlington Corporation, at Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.
Left to right: S. Briggs, Town Clerk, Councilor, Fred Hartley, Chairman Paul Jones Commemoration Sub-Committee, Mrs. Carvill, Mayoress of Bridlington, Rear Admiral Robert W. Cavenagh, U.S.
Naval Attaché, Alderman James Carvill, J.P. Mayor of Bridlington, Guard of Honor from the USS Hammerberg.|
(U.S. Navy photo #NH115834 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|233k||1961: Panama Canal Zone - The U.S. Navy destroyer escorts USS Cromwell (DE 1014), USS
Hammerberg (DE 1015), and USS Courtney (DE 1021) pass through the Pedro Miguel Locks
of the Panama Canal.
(U.S. Navy photo from All Hands Magazine)
|214k||20 September 1962: New York, N.Y. - The trim lines of three destroyer escorts form a striking image along Pier 84. These ships (left to right) USS Van Voorhis (DE 1028), USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) and USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE 1030), are part of a six-ship group visiting the city before going back to sea.||Robert M. Cieri|
|253k||March 1964: St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands
(Photo by Ed Zajkowski)
|178k||circa 1965: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in 1965 off the south coast of England.
( Photo courtesy of Wright and Logan, Southsea, England; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1966 - 67")
England, United Kingdom
|316k||circa 1965: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in off the coast of Rhode Island.||Mike Smolinski|
|98k||August / September 1970: eastbound in the Atlantic - Hammerberg shown making her approach, and then breaking away from Seattle (AOE 3) after refuelling. Seattle pulled into Lisbon, Portugal before we entered the Med and these photos were on the roll just before my photos of Lisbon.||Chris Jensen|
RD3, USS Seattle (AOE 3)
1969 - 1971
|33k||January 1971, entering Malta Harbor||Roger W. Kapes|
|52k||January 1971: Valletta, Malta - about to drop anchor Malta Harbor. Notice the trailers on the flight deck and fantail, ITASS in its early trial stage.|
|278k||13 March 1971: Naples, Italy - U.S. Navy ships moored in Naples harbor. Ships present are (from left to right): USS
Cascade (AD 16); USS Denebola (AF 56); USS
Lester (DE 1022); USS Hammerberg (DE 1015); and USS Courtney (DE 1021).
(U.S. Navy photo #K-88830 by PHC B.M. Anderson from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|338k||April 1972: USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) underway in the Mediterranean Sea.|
(U.S. Navy photo #USN 1151376 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|79k||18 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of ex-DE's 162, 180, 181, 1015, 1021, and 1022 (Levy, Trumpeter, Straub, Hammerberg, Courtney, and Lester).||Ed Zajkowski|
|176k||1974: Two photos of Hammerberg in 1974 after she was sold, and ready for scrapping at the Kearny Scrap Yard in South Amboy, N.J.||Marc Arsenault|
Roger W. Kapes
14 December 1973
|View the USS Hammerberg (DE 1015) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Hammerberg's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 02 Mar. 1955 - 1956||Lcdr. Murray Edmond Draper (prior enl. '35) (Albany, Ala.)|
|2.) 1956 - 1958||Lcdr. Michael J. Doyle|
|3.) 1958 - 1959||Lcdr. Avery Lee Willis (prior enl. '36) (Rockwood, Tenn.)|
|4.) 1959 - 1960||Lcdr. Denis-James J. Downey (USNA '46) (New Orleans, La.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|5.) 1960 - 1961||Lcdr. Paul Clinton Boyd (USNA '46) (Mt. Orab, Oh.) (ret. as Radm)|
|6.) 1961 - 1963||Lcdr. Robert Francis Schniedwind (Chicago, Ill.)|
|7.) 1963 -Jul. 1964||Lcdr. Lucien Capone Jr. (USNA '49) (Bristol, R.I.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|8.) Jul. 1964 - Jul. 1966||Lcdr. Thomas Edward Lukas (NROTC '51) (Pittsburgh, Pa.)|
|9.) Jul. 1966 - 1967||Lcdr. Siras D. (Buster) Browning (prior enl. / OCS '53) (Ellison Springs, Tex.)|
|10.) 1967 - 1969||Lcdr. James Eugene Tedder (prior enl. '50 / OCS '58) (Parker, Fla.)|
|11.) 1969 - 1970||Lcdr. Robert Heber Ailes (USNA '57) (Arlington, Va.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|12.) 1970 - Nov. 1971||Lcdr. Lawrence Gustav Anderson (Camden, N.J.)|
|13.) Nov. 1971- 14 Dec. 1973||Lcdr. William Earl Held Jr. (USNA '59) (Navy Jr., San Diego, Cal.)|
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