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USS Hayter (DE 212 / APD 80)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - H - B
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Hayter (DE 212) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 August 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 11 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Maurine K. Hayter, widow of Lieutenant Commander Hayter
  • 16 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. Harold H. Theriault in command
  • 16 January 1945: Hayter, in company with Otter (DE 210), Hubbard (DE 211), and Varian (DE 798) sank the German submarine U-248 NNE of the Azores
  • 22 May 1945: APD conversion commenced at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 01 June 1945: Reclassified APD 80
  • 13 August 1945: Conversion completed
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Annapolis, Md. in company with Furse (DD 882) and Bang (SS 385)
  • 19 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years of service
  • 01 December 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 23 July 1967: Transferred (MAP sale) to South Korea, renamed ROKS Chun Nam (PG-86) (struck, scrapped, 1986)
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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.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    46k Undated Wartime Image Joe Bergen
    Piscataway, N.J.
    245k Undated Wartime Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.

    Hayter History
    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. 1944Lcdr. Harold John Theriault, USNR (Comm. CO) (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    2.) 31 Dec. 1944 - 17 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Frederick Huey, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)
    3.) 17 Oct. 1945 - 19 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Elmer Leon Prescott, USN (Decomm. CO) (Jacksonville, Fla.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion
    2007 at Piscataway, N.J.
    Contact Name: Joe Bergen (Reunion Organizer)
    Address: 34 Kate Terrace
    City/State: Piscataway NJ 08854
    Phone: (732) 985-1496
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