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USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - H - U
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Guardian"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 star - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 stars
Fourth Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 stars - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Fifth Row: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Francis Hammond (DE 1067) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 15 July 1967: Keel laid by the Todd Shipyard Corp., Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, Cal.
  • 11 May 1968: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Phyllis Hammond Smith, the widow of Hospitalman Hammond, and assisted by matron-of-honor, Mrs. Elvira Hammond, his mother
  • 25 July 1970: Commissioned at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. John E. Elmore in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 29 at Long Beach
  • 1971: Reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1067)
  • .. November 1975: Homeport changed to Yokosuka, Japan, reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 15
  • .. August 1988: Homeport changed to Long Beach, Cal., reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 9
  • 02 July 1992: Decommissioned at Long Beach after 21 years and 11 months of service, moved to NISMF Bremerton
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 November 2001: Contract for $2 million awarded to International Shipbreaking Ltd, Brownsville, Tex. for towing / scrapping
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    Francis Hammond
    32k Francis Colton Hammond was born 09 November 1931, in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Harry C. Hammond and Elvira Jenkins Hammond. He attended George Washington High School in Alexandria for grades nine and ten before moving to Washington D.C. to live with his father. He remained in Washington for only one year, attending St. Johns High School, a Catholic Military Academy. Francis returned to Alexandria to live with his mother and his aunt, attending George Washington High for his final year, graduating with the class of January 1951. While still in High School, Francis worked for a construction company, which was owned by his future father-in-law. He also played guitar in a band, which would play at local affairs and parties in the Alexandria area. After graduating he worked with his father at Timbermans Pharmacy in Alexandria, which was owned by his uncle. With the Korean War still raging, Francis knew that eventually he would be drafted. He wanted to be a pharmacist, but with the thought of the draft looming into view he knew it would be much longer before that could be possible. After discussing his future with his family, Francis decided to enlist. He joined the Navy on 20 March 1951, going through basic training at Great Lakes NTC, Illinois. From there he was assigned to Mare Island, working in the base hospital. Soon after, he was given orders to Camp Pendleton, California, to train as a Hospital Corpsman. Knowing that he was to be shipped out to Korea, Francis requested, and was granted, permission to marry his High School sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Jenkins. They married on 19 June 1952. Married for less than a year and with a child on the way, Francis received orders to Korea. He arrived in Korea on 1 February 1953 and was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (C/1/5). He was killed during intense fighting at Outpost Reno by a mortar round at approximately 0300 hrs after refusing to leave during the withdrawal of his unit and continued to treat wounded marines from the relieving force of F/2/5 on 26 March 1953. This was just two weeks before Francis was to be rotated out of the combat area, and just 4 months prior to the end of the Korean War, 27 July 1953. Hospital Corpsman Francis Colton Hammond was laid to rest with full military honors in Section 33 of Arlington National Cemetery. For his devotion to duty and courage under fire Hospitalman Francis Colton Hammond was awarded the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart.

    USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) (1970 - 1992) was the first ship to be named in his honor.            (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Francis Hammond 83k undated Peter N. Leenhouts
    Commander, USN
    Francis Hammond 254k 17 June 1970: the California Coast - USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) underway in the Catalina Channel while running trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 72114 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Francis Hammond 268k 17 June 1970: the California Coast - Another view of USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) underway in the Catalina Channel while running trials.

    (U.S. Navy photo #1144659 from the United States National Archives)
    Francis Hammond 161k 17 July 1970: San Pedro, Cal. - USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) at the Todd Shipyards. The Todd tug San Pedro is alongside.

    (U.S. Navy photo #1144661 from the United States National Archives)
    Roark 753k 23 May 1972: Subic Bay, P.I. - USS Roark (DD 1053) and USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) along side USS Piedmont (AD 17).

    (Photo #720909 by G. R. Sirkis)
    Glenn R. Sirkis
    MMFN, A Div.
    USS Ashtabula (AO 51)
    Francis Hammond 91k February 1977: Francis Hammond steaming alongside a Japanese frigate off southern Honshu, Japan during a highline evolution. Tom Halfpap, QM2
    Francis Hammond 173k
    Francis Hammond 100k
    Francis Hammond 176k
    **Kirk / Hammond** 365k 14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087) and Francis Hammond.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00330 by PHCS Steven Harris from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Francis Hammond 663k 25 November 1981: At sea - A starboard bow view of Francis Hammond underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04021 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 732k 25 November 1981: At sea - A port view of Francis Hammond underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04018 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 826k 25 November 1981: At sea - A port bow view of Francis Hammond underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04015 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 82k An undated postcard view of Francis Hammond as a DE.     (Postcard #13779 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., Spring Valley, Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. FRANCIS HAMMOND (DE-1067) - Anti-submarine destroyer escort of the Knox Class honoring Hospital Corpsman Francis C. Hammond, USN, who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for aiding and assisting in the evacuation of wounded Marines from Sanae-Dong during the Korean Conflict. Built by Todd Shipyard Corp. of San Pedro, Calif., the USS FRANCIS HAMMOND was commissioned on 25 July 1970.
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.
    Francis Hammond 84k An undated postcard view of Francis Hammond as an FF.     (Postcard #P6027 © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: U.S.S. FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF-1067) - A Knox class frigate built by Todd Shipyards, San Pedro, Calif., and commissioned into the United States Navy on 25 July 1970.
    Francis Hammond 113k undated

    > (Photo © H.King)
    H. King
    EWC, USN (ret.)
    Francis Hammond 111k undated Tim Williams
    EM2, (1979-1980)
    Francis Hammond 99k undated Wendell R. McLaughlin Jr.
    Francis Hammond 130k 12 March 1982: At sea - A silhouetted port bow view of Francis Hammond on patrol in the Northern Sea of Japan.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-00271 by PH1 David MacLean from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 93k 01 February 1983: At sea - An air-to-air left side view of three F-15 Eagle aircraft flying over Francis Hammond during the exercise Cope Diamond / Coral Aces.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-83-10335 by Ssgt Steve McGill from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 225k 26 February 1983: At sea - A port bow view of Francis Hammond underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04013 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 191k 26 February 1983: At sea - A starboard bow view of Francis Hammond underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04012 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 105k December 1986: USS Francis Hammond with repainted hull number of $10,670. In 1986, the crew of the U.S. Navy frigate USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) raised more than $11,000 for the U.S. Navy Relief Fund. The goal had been to raise an amount of money equal to Hammond's hull number "1067", times ten. To commemorate the achievement, Hammond asked for and received permission to add a dollar sign and an extra zero to her hull number.

    (U.S. Navy photo from All Hands Magazine, the December 1986 edition)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Francis Hammond 169k 15 April 1987: Pusan, Korea - M-113 armored personnel carriers fill the pierside staging area next to Francis Hammond. The M-113s are being loaded aboard the Ready Reserve Force ship SS Cape Horn (T-AKR 5068) for shipment back to the United States at the conclusion of the joint U.S. / South Korean exercise Team Spirit '87.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-ST-87-13035 by Ssgt. Arnold Kalmanson from the DVIC)
    **Knox / Hammond** 122k 01 October 1987: At sea - Five ships of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) battle group steam alongside one another. The ships are, from left to right: the frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087), USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067), USS Lockwood (FF 1064) and USS Knox (FF 1052), and the guided missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04059 from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 154k 01 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Crew members man the rails aboard Francis Hammond as the ship departs from the naval station after a visit. Francis Hammond is en route to its home port of Naval Station, San Diego, Calif., after serving in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02882 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    Francis Hammond 133k 01 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port beam view of Francis Hammond departing Pearl Harbor through the channel.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-03666 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
    ***Roark / Francis Hammond 180k July 1994: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Sailfish (SS 572), Francis Hammond, Stein (FF 1065), and Roark (FF 1053) in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

    (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels).
    Gilbert Gyssels
    ***Hammond / Roark*** 155k 27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond, Stein (FF 1065), Roark (FF 1053), and New Jersey (BB 62) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    (Photos byGilbert Gyssels)
    ***Hammond / Roark*** 155k
    ***Hammond / Roark*** 222
    Francis Hammond 103k 17 July 1998: Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond, USS Knox (FF 1052), USS Hepburn (FF 1055), USS Roark (FF 1053), and USS New Jersey (BB 62) at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
    (from the authors collection, photo taken from Warship Boneyards by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    Francis Hammond 390k Memorial plaque displayed in the lobby of Francis C. Hammond High School, Alexandria, Virginia.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 74258 by PH2 E. L. Hawkins, USN, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

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    Francis Hammond
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    Francis Hammond History
    The DANFS history for USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.
    View the USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) history located on Wikipedia.

    Francis Hammond's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 25 Jul 1970 - 16 Mar 1972Cmdr. John E. Elmore (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    2.) 16 Mar 1971 - 14 Sep 1973Cmdr. Peter J. Doerr (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    3.) 14 Sep 1973 - 17 Nov 1975Cmdr. Richard Eugene Ong (Oakland, Cal.)
    4.) 17 Nov 1975 - 25 Feb 1978Capt. John Dachos (Nashua, N.H.)
    5.) 25 Feb 1978 - 11 Jan 1979Cmdr. James Edward Auer
    6.) 11 Jan 1979 - 12 Feb 1979Cmdr. James R. Kott (Mount Clemens, Mich.)
    7.) 12 Feb 1979 - 12 Feb 1981Cmdr. Harris Sperling (USNA '60) (Newport, R.I.)
    8.) 12 Feb 1981 - 08 Feb 1983Cmdr. Vance Hallar Morrison (Alexandria, Va.)
    9.) 08 Feb 1983 - 13 Apr 1985Cmdr. Ralph E. Zunich
    10.) 13 Apr 1985 - 30 Jul 1987Cmdr. Paul Howard Donaldson (Lee, Fla.)
    11.) 30 Jul 1987 - 01 Sep 1989Cmdr. David J. Klich
    12.) 01 Sep 1989 - 06 Sep 1991Cmdr. Douglas Arthur Smartt (USNA '71) (Tenn.)
    13.) 06 Sep 1991 - 07 Feb 1992Cmdr. Charles Grafton Cooper III (Asheville, N.C.)

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    Additional Resources

    Bob Collins' Francis Hammond Web Page
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    USS Francis Hammond Page on Military.Com
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Francis Hammond
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