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|185k||Hubert Montgomery Hayter was born in Abingdon, Va. on 17 October 1901, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1924. In the following years he served in
battleship Arizona, destroyer Yarborough, and other ships, taking command of Ramsay (DM 16) in 1939. Lt. Comdr. Hayter was transferred to
New Orleans 05 February 1941 and was killed during an action with Japanese forces off Savo Island on 30 November 1942. Hayter was serving as damage control officer when
New Orleans received a torpedo hit, and as Damage Control Central Station, his battle post, filled with asphyxiating gas, he ordered all men without masks to leave the
compartment, giving his own to a partially stricken seaman. After clearing the compartment of all personnel, Lt. Cmdr. Hayter was finally overcome by the fumes. For this extraordinary
act of heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
USS Hayter (DE 212 / APD 80) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1924.)
|67k||06 March 1944: Charleston, S.C. - Commissioning day for Hubbard (DE 211) and Hayter.||-|
|255k||19 May 1944: Charleston, S.C. - Port quarter view of USS Hayter (DE 212) off the Charleston Navy Yard. Hayter was commissioned at the
Yard on 16 March 1944 and remained there for "fitting out". She departed for shakedown training on 01 April, returning on 09 May. She was at the Yard for a "post-shakedown" availability
until 19 May when she departed for further training at Norfolk, Va.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91554 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
England, United Kingdom
|46k||Undated Wartime Image||Joe Bergen|
|245k||Undated Wartime Image||Nick Tiberio|
|View the USS Hayter (DE 212) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Hayter as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Hayter's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Mar. 1944 - 30 Nov. 1944||Lcdr. Harold John Theriault, USNR (Comm. CO) (Jacksonville, Fla.)|
|2.) 31 Dec. 1944 - 17 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Frederick Huey, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)|
|3.) 17 Oct. 1945 - 19 Mar. 1946||Lcdr. Elmer Leon Prescott, USN (Decomm. CO) (Jacksonville, Fla.)|
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