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USS Hulbert (DD-342)
USS Hulbert (AVD-6) (1940 - 1943)
USS Hulbert (AVP-19) (1939 - 1940)
USS Hulbert (DD-342) (1920 - 1939)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Kilo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Yangtze Service Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Hulbert (Destroyer # 342) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1918
  • Reclassified DD-342 in the Navy's fleet-wide assignment of alphanumeric hull numbers, 17 July 1920
  • Commissioned USS Hulbert (DD-342), 27 October 1920, at Norfolk, VA.. LT. S. A. Maher in command
  • Decommissioned, 17 October 1934, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, laid up in reserve
  • Redesignated Seaplane Tender, Small AVP-19, converted at New York Navy Yard, circa 1939-40
  • Recommissioned as Sea Plane Tender, Destroyer USS Hulbert (AVD-6), 2 August 1940, at New York Navy Yard
  • During World War II USS Hulbert was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns/actions:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 Aleutians operation
    Attu occupation, 18 to 31 May 1943

  • Reclassified Destroyer DD-342, 1 December 1943
  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1945, at Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Ship Shape, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. in October 1946
  • USS Hulbert earned two battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,095t.(lt) 1,730t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 31' 8"
    Draft 14' 1"
    Speed 30.9 kts. (trial)
    Officers 11
    Enlisted 127
    4 LCP(L) landing craft
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 1,675 Bbls
    Diesel 711 Bbls
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two White Forester boilers, 265psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Henry Lewis Hulbert was born 12 January 1867 in Kingston-upon-Hull, England, the first son of a wine merchant. After an education at the prestigious Felsted School, he joined the Colonial Service at age 18, serving as Assistant Engineer of the Public Works Department of the State of Perak in Malaya. At 21 he married the sister of a senior British colonial official and had a daughter. Unfortunately in 1897 he was caught having an affair with his wife's sister. Hulbert instantly became a pariah. Dismissed from the colonial service, he lost everything in the ensuing divorce, and was ordered to leave Malaya. First journeying to the Yukon goldfields, he found little luck and worked his way south to San Francisco. Here Hulbert, at age 31, enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Private at Mare Island, CA, 28 March 1898.

    As part of the Marine contingent aboard cruiser Philadelphia, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for refusing to desert disabled comrades in the face of heavy fire during an action on Samoa, 01 April 1899. Part of a joint British-American anti-insurgent operation, Hulbert's force was ambushed by a heavily armed party of Samoans and quickly became embroiled in a firefight. Leading the Americans were Navy Lieutenants Philip V. Lansdale, assisted by Ensign John Monaghan and Marine 1st Lieutenant Constantine Perkins. The column began to withdraw to the beach, and Perkins ordered Hulbert and Sergeants Michael McNally and Bruno Fosterer to defend an opening in a fence through which the column had to funnel to reach relative safety. Last to reach the fence were Lansdale and Monaghan, who were cut down within yards of Hulbert. Hulbert rushed to aid them, but seeing they were dead and wounded himself, he fought his way back to the fence and covered the two sergeants as they crossed. Out of ammunition, Hulbert used his rifle as a club before seeing his chance and escaping.

    Promoted to Corporal the next day, Hulbert advanced through the enlisted ranks so that on the eve of America's entry into the world war, he held the rank of Sergeant Major. He was discharged to accept an appointment (at age fifty) as Marine Gunner, the first Marine to hold that rank, 28 March 1917. Initially assigned to Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, Hulbert traveled overseas with the HQ Company, 5th Marine Regiment, arriving on French soil 03 July 1917. Initially assigned to safer clerk duties, Hulbert insisted on and received front line duty as a platoon leader of the 66th Company. During the Battle of Chateau Thierry, 06 June 1918, despite serious wounds, he directed his platoon in a successful attack and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism. Appointed Second Lieutenant for his extraordinary service, and immediately promoted to First Lieutenant, Hulbert was killed by enemy machine gun fire on Blanc Mont Ridge 04 October 1918. Captain John W. Thomason saw him fall and noted the peaceful look on his face. Whatever sins he had committed in the face of society, Henry Hulbert had redeemed himself. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the French Croix de Guerre with palm, and is now interred in his adopted country at Arlington National Cemetery.

    This article is based mainly on Hulbert's Marine Corps' records and genealogy, as well as the article "Private Henry L. Hulbert - the Gentleman Marine" by Stephen Harding, Military History, November 2010. Please note the DANFS entry has several inaccuracies.

    [1] Photo from USMC History Division. [2] Hulbert in France, 1917. Library of Congress photo via Wikipedia.
    Dave Wright
    204k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) moored pierside at NAS Kodiak, Alaska, 7 June 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-79769.
    Rick Davis and
    Jon Burdett
    131k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) was blown ashore and stranded on the beach by low tide at Alexai Point, the entrance to Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutians 4 July 1943. She is held upright by sand which the waves had piled around her. LCT-357 is bow-in at Hulbert's stern.
    US US National Archives photo # 80-G-53283, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis and
    Robert Hurst
    Hulbert 320k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) stranded on the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutians in July 1943. She is held upright by sand which the waves had piled around her.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2005.024.001.032
    Mike Green
    Hulbert 265k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) aground at Massacre Bay, Alaska in July 1943. Hulbert was blown ashore in a severe storm on 30 June 1943. She was refloated, temporary repairs made at Dutch Harbor and sailed for Seattle for a major overhaul. Ed Zajkowski
    Hulbert 108k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) aground at Massacre Bay, Alaska in July 1943. Hulbert was blown ashore in a severe storm on 30 June 1943. She was refloated after 21 days. Temporary repairs were made at Dutch Harbor and she sailed for Seattle for a major overhaul. Mark Pasciak for his father Casimir P. Pasciak USS Hulbert
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    137k USS Hulbert (AVD-6) stranded on the beach by low tide at Alexai Point, the entrance to Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Aleutians 14 July 1943. She is held upright by sand which the waves had piled around her.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-246872, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis

    USS Hulbert (DD-342 / AVP-19 / AVD-6)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01ENS. James Clyde Taylor (temporary command)27 October 1920 - 28 October 1920DD-342
    02LT. Maher, Stuart Augustine 28October 1920 - 19 October 1921DD-342
    03LCDR. Braisted, Frank Alfred :RADM19 October1921 - July 1924DD-342
    04LCDR. Meade, Bolivar Vaughan20 June 1925 - 1928DD-342
    05LCDR. Maher, Stuart Augustine1928 - 19 August 1929DD-342
    06LCDR. Powers, Frederick Dodge19 August 1929 - 1932DD-342
    07LCDR. Geiselman, Ellis Hugh1932 - 1933DD-342
    08LCDR. Porter Jr., William Hamilton1933 - 1934DD-342
    09LT. Detzer Jr., August Jackson1934 - 17 October 1934DD-342
     Decommissioned17 October 1934 - 2 August 1940DD-342 / AVP-19
    10LCDR. Carney, James Valentine2 August 1940 - 1941AVD-6
    11CDR. Lane, James Mills1941 - 27 November 1942AVD-6
    12LT. Crowell, Robert Burns27 November 1942 - 7 January 1944AVD-6 / DD-342
    13LT. Calvin, Herbert Stanley7 January 1944 - 12 January 1944DD-342
    14LCDR. Linehan, Joseph David12 January 1944 - 30 March 1945DD-342
    15LT. Bellinger, Thomas Peter30 March 1945 - 30 August 1945DD-342
    16LT. Hamlin, Robert M.30 August 1945 - 2 November 1945DD-342
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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