OKINAWA i ' FORMoSA Afj. --.VOKOS( KA AW j Rw ' i ' i JAPAN HONG % M, KONG -c7 MJOWAY S3 ,0 , ' GUAM KWAJALEIN ATOLi NEW NEW J fc, ' v gu.nea o ;4 x islands LAT OO°0O ' N ■» MARSHALL Islands LONG I6A°00 ' B - Solomon ■n OCF y PEARL HARBOR HAWAII P YOU WERE THERE USS HAMNER DD718 13 July 1956-10 February 1957 POINTY LOMA DEDICATION This Cruise Book is humbly dedicated to the officers and men of the USS HAMNER, whose untiring efforts have made this ship one of the finest afloat. This Cruise was one long to be remembered and it was an experience commonly shared by all. Read and keep this book with pride and pleasure because if it had not been for the officers and men of the HAMNER this Cruise and this book would not be possible. This is your book, these are your experiences because YOU WERE THERE. TtSS ' ZrfWHS ' R VD71X Named in honor of LT Henry Rowlings HAMNER who was killed in action off Okinawa when a Kami- kaze plane struck his ship. The HAMNER was built by the Federal Ship Building and Dry Dock Company at Port Newark, New Jersey. She was launched on 24 November 1945 and was commissioned to the fleet on 12 July 1946. The day before the HAMNER left San Diego for her eighth cruise to the Western Pacific she celebrated her tenth birthday as a member of the world ' s most powerful Navy. On that date MM2 William G. LONG was honored as the only remaining plank-owner having compleied ten years of meritorious service aboard the HAMNER. After commissioning and completion of her shakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the HAMNER was ordered to the Pacific Fleet via the Panama Canal and was assigned the home port of San Diego. Between 1947 and 1949 the HAMNER made two cruises to the Far East making many good will stops at various ports of call and commencing the Taiwan Patrol, a duty she carries oui to this very day. In July 1950 upon the outbreak of war in Korea the HAMNER was ordered to commence her third tour of duty in the Far East. For the next nine months the HAMNER operated as a member of the Seventh Fleet, patrolling the Taiwan Strait and bombarding the east coast of Korea in company wi.h ihe heavy cruiser HELENA. During this time she participated in several important operations including the landings at Inchon and Wonsan. When the armislice was signed and hostilities ceased on 27 July 1953, the HAMNER was engaged in furnishing fire support to ground forces on the east coast of Korea at the Bombline. She remained on station observing ' he terms of the armistice until relieved on 2 August 1953. On 12 April 1954 the HAMNER got underway for her sixth tour of WestPac, visiting numerous ports such as Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan, Subic Bay and Manila in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. From June 28 to December 11, 1955 the HAMNER served her seventh tour of duty in the Far East. The highlight of this cruise was a joyous three- week roller coaster type ride while serving on Taiwan Patrol. This is the history of your ship up until July of 1956. Cn the thirteenth day of July 1956, one day after her tenth birthday, in company with Destroyer Division 111 the HAMNER commenced her eighth voyage to the Western Pccific. The story of this voyage is recorded in the pages that follow. Happy birihday HAMNER Capt. Teeter congratulates HAMMER ' s last remaining plank owner, MM2 William Long Sa i " Dteya oat i¥ ime 7 M4tu 5 -: - m HAMNER ' s Commanding Officer Commander Phillip H. Teeter Commander Phillip H. TEETER has been skipper of the HAMNER since 29 October 1955 when he took command during change oF command ceremonies at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The Captain hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he was a standout in football and baseball. Captain Teeter entered the Naval Service in May of 1941. During World War II he served aboard the USS SMITH (DD378) and USS BENNION (DD662). He has been the executive officer aboard the USS GOODRICH (DDR 831) and has commanded USS MELVIN R. NAWMAN (DE416). Captain TEETER came to the HAMNER from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C. The Captain now resides in San Diego, California with his wife Anita and their five children. cluaclU and t e ' Pacific After six days of steaming 1he HAMNER arrived at her first stop at Pearl Harbor on the pictur- esque island of Ochu. For two days the men of the HAMNER roamed the glorious beach at Waikiki and enjoyed the balmy sun of Hawaii. From Hawaii we proceeded across (he vast Pacific and on Monday 23 July we cross the international dateline and the day became Tuesday. Two days later 26 July 1956 we arrived for a day stay at a dusty little coral atoll in the Marshall Islands named Kwajalein. We arrived, refueled, and left the same day. Beach at Waikiki Mr. Paino watches for the International dateline " J I ' m a S e((j ac6, aae t! « ■ , ■ •--• ..... The great struggle between the infidle pollywogs and the majestic shellbacks commenced many, many miles before 1he HAMNER ever crossed the equator. The many pollywogs cognizant of their impending fate struck early. Spontaneous water fights broke out at the drop of a hat. And it was easily noticed that the twenty-three sturdy shellbccks were no match for the overpowering force of two hundred and eleven pollywogs. The decks about the ship were constantly wet as Shellbacks and pollywogs turned on each other. A dummy image of a shellback was noticed hanging rather precariously from thestarboard yardarm. k»-igr ' ¥ " , Pollywog court, Bearfield, Mr. Wallace, Knoll Shellbcck in effigy Scott before the court The pollywogs held (heir own court and tried the vcrious shellbacks for numerous and sundry offenses. D. N. KNOLL and world renowned orclor L. E. Scott were prosecution attorneys. This duo was victorious in some spectcculor judicial encounters. Before Justice R. G. WALLACE in ihe pollywogs ' final case, which was against shellbcck leader C. W. ROCKETT, SCOTT proved to be an oraticcl wizard as he brought a convic- tion against ROCKETT despite the efforts of ROCKETT ' s shrewd, crafty defense attorney P. H. TEETER. The pollywogs meted out justice in a very wet fashion. But Ihe shellbacks were io have iheir day, and what a day it would be ! On (he evening of July 27, 1956 not many miles north of laiiiude Davy Jones, royal scribe to Neptunus Rex, delivered on board the HAMNER a message from ihe ruler of the raging main. f -4 " Smith about to be hung Pollywog justice for Mr. Beck Mr. Rcckett comes to i rail Attorney Teeter turns. to; his law book S V I ' m inncceni, I ' m innocent ! X No you ' re not ! The morning of Saturday, 28 July 1956 dawned bright clear and very warm. It was to be an eventful and exceptionally difficult day for two-hundred and eleven pollywogs. The pollywogs were con- verted to shellbccks in production line fashion. t the bar of justice C. W. ROCKETT accepted pleas of guilty to the charges against each pollywog end a SDng to go along with it as D. W. SMITH administered shock treatments. On all fours pollywogs submitted to water hoses, paddles of all sizes and shapes, a tunnel of rather delightful garbage, a casket of polluted water, kissing the royal baby, and a bath in a pool of fresh running sea water seasoned with some three-week old garbage. Besides this, for some select few, such as R. G. WALLACE, D. KNOLL, and L. E. SCOTT, there was a special detention pen with hand cuffs and all. After the day was over and the ship was cleaned up there was not one pollywog left aboard the HAMNER. We were two-hundred and thirty-four Shellbacks strong. The air was filled with Sweet Music Garramone, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Smithpeter Mr. Paine, Betker, Ainsworth, Smalley Duty mess cooks Clofson, Dr. Spellmeyer, Mr. Chambers Good Wardroom chov served by Chiefs Camp and Harris Capt. Teeter greeis Davey Jones and reads a summons Chief Halimark, Ketteringham Young, Mr. Rockett view the shellbacks Chiefs Carrp and Harris are enjoying themselves Mr. Jones, you bad boy ! Pollywogs at the bar of Justice Chiefs Harris and Camp on all fours ;;■--. ■-■■■ -, ' . ' ■ ' . ■ r Sc ■BV rf , r ■ i C -» ■ ■ -- Si is - i ..• ■■ ■■ ■ " . L M j 1 7 That garbage tunnel was delightful Mr. Wallace resting Mr. Wallace in chains Ainsv orfh and Lunsford in detention box r ' Do you think he ' ll live Doc ? The royal court Chief Bartz, Dojaquez, Chief Mason, Capt. Teeter, Ketteringham Medicinal treatment for Valker ■5L Gonzales visits the barber shop Don ' t rip off his shiri Chief Mr. Stombaugh looks for next visitor Stanton on his way into the pool Gluck: " I ' m a Shellback ' Mr. Beck, easy on the boy Gluck wipes his eyes as Knoll wonders how it feels to be a shellback ud tt v vte ? . The HAMNER, in company with her sister ships of Destroyer Division 111, arrived on a good will visit at the Australian port of Brisbane on a cool Thursday, August 2, 1956. DesDiv 111 comprised the first group of American military personnel to visit the city since 1947. Brisbane put forth a heartening welcome for us " Yanks " , and it was truly gratifying to experience such a friendly welcome from our allies from " down under " . We had free city transportaiion, free tours, receptions and parties of every possible description. Some of us visited the Koala Bear Farm at Lone Pine where these cuddlesome little natives of Australia are kept for public view. Then there were visitors and visitors and more visitors. As guests of the Queensland government, DesDiv 111 opened its gangways to the people of Brisbane so that they could have an opportunity to visit an American fighting vessel. And visit they did by the thousands ! At one time, on a pleasant Sunday after- noon, the ship was so crowded with people that it was virtually impossible to move anywhere on the ship. The turnout of visitors was certainly overwhelming. Brisbane is a modern city of over a half-million people. It has some beautiful beach area on what is called the south coast. Some HAMNER men were fortunate enough to be able to visit there. The Australian women are a very attraciive lot, as we found out in very short order. We certainly did enjoy our stay in Brisbane and it will be a long while before we tend to forget the warm welcome offered us by the people " down under " . After five wonderful days in Brisbane, with Brett ' s Wharf covered with well wishers to see us off, and with an Australian Army Band playing, we bid good-bye to a marvelous city and its wonderful people. The date was August 7, 1956, and many a fond memory sailed away with us. It was certainly climatic that, as the HAMNER pulled away from the pier, many men threw their white hats as spontaneous token of their fondness for Brisbane and its people. Mr. Jones tussles with a Kangaroo We welcomed visitors Brett ' s Wharf, Brisbane, Australia, visitor ' s day Gosh, Australian girls are nice King George V Memorial, Brisbane Australian gals sure are pretty ! About Mr. Wallace ! I don ' t believe it Mr. Schuliz ana Mr. (jonschalK wi.n rwo rrienus Hamner ' s singing trio Smalley, Bryani, Ritch Godwin, Hale, Smalley, Rilch, Bryant at Brisbane Radio Station Ccpt. Ray, Capt. Gastrock, Capt. Teeter, Commodore Brady and Capt. Witter with Australian hosts. Brisbane, the Hamner will not soon forget your warm welcome £ a a m From Brisbane the HAMNER sailed north crossing the equator again in a less spectacular and less painful manner. On August 14, 1956 we docked at Apra Harbor on the picturesque tropical island of Guam. Guam is the southern most and largest island of Ihe Marianas Islands. The other iwo most known islands of Ihis group are Tinian and Saipan. The island became an American possession in 1898 as part of the peace treaty which ended the Spanish-American War and has been administered by the U. S. government ever since. The island is strategicly localed in the Pacific and therefore has a large naval station as well as an extensive Air Force facility. Picturesque Guam Corothers, Weber, Hover, Johnson, Bearfield mount old Japanese tank The HAMNER men enjoyed the tropical islan d by visiting its beautiful beaches and sight-seeing. Several men took advanlage of an excellent opportunity offered by the Naval Stalion to take a bus tour of the island. After four days DesDiv 111 steamed north again to Japan to report for duty with the Seventh Fleet. Mr. Paino on old Japanese tank Japanese sub at Guam tyafcavt - Ifa a u a On August 22, 1956 DesDiv 111 arrived at its home away from home, Yokosuka, Japan. Yokosuka is located at the entrance to Tokyo Bay and is approximately sixty miles south of the capital city of Japan. At Yokosuka is located the largest American Naval Base in the Far East. Our first stay in Yokosuka was highlighted by our going into drydock for several days to have our sonar dome repaired. On 27 August the HAMNER went back to sea for a week of hunter-killer operations with the Anli- Submarine Carrier BOXER, after which she returned to Yokosuka on 5 September. Our stay this time was one of eighf days and we returned to sea for operations with Task Force 77 . Bargain hunter ' s row Yokosuka The Ginza, Tokyo ' s busiest and most fasionable street Great Fujiyama scene from Mitsu pass Tokyo station, hub of the capital ' s transportaiion network All hands turn to, to load stores in Yokosuka PP . 1 X 1 Ad -1 5 i Rowley, Marvel, Shaver, Wright at their favorite club Saujon - Hamner ' s young lover Scott and lady friend Great Buddha at Kamakura, a national treasure Xot 3k . -xa c- - £• u Jtfa L! -.,- • -, n ' i . ' " " • ■ wmt • m ' " itf i TU- ■ " " ■-!■ " SHW " V ' ■ " -v- ' 5 ' M k ' On 6 October Destroyer Division 111 plus the carrier ESSEX visited the large commercial and industrial port of Kobe. Kobe is located in central Japan on the main island of Honshu and has a population of well over two million. During our stay there it was not uncommon to see large merchant ships entering and departing from one of Japan ' s busiest ports. The business streets of Kobe with their attractive shops and large department stores were signs of a prosperous city. To cccomodale the desires and wishes of the many foreigners who visit Kobe there were many foreign restaurants and bars such as one of our favorites, the King ' s Arms. After six enjoyable and relaxing days in Kobe we proceeded back to operations. Day puts tag on Chandler man in Kobe game Divisional golf champs Capt. Teeter, Gonzales, Mr. Gottschalk, Mr. Rockett Sa ic ay £L« . ivt Subic Bay is located on the main island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands approximately seventy miles north of the capital city of Manila. One of the largest American naval facilities in the far east is located here. Also situated here is the Cubi Point Naval Air Station. The Navy engineers cut away a mountain to construct this field. Passing through the World War II famous San Bernadino Straits the HAMN5R arrived at Subic Bay on a very hot October 24, 1956. She went into drydock for several days to have some welding done on her side. During our stay several of us were fortunate enough to have been able to spend a few days at the Armed Forces resort area at Baguio located in a cool mouniain region north of Subic Bay. After six torrid tropical days Destroyer Division 111 on 31 October returned to Task Force operations. The Hamner lies up at Alava pier Administration building Naval Station, Subic Bay iu % tmnsK me« Robert G. Wallace Executive Officer THE EXEC The Exec came to the HAMNER in March of 1956 having fourteen years of Navel Service behind him. A bachelor, he hails from Ventura, California and is a product of Missouri Valley College of Marshall, Missouri. Mr. WALLACE has had a varied and deversifled Naval career, having seen service on a variety of ships. He has served aboard the USS ASTORIA (CL90), USS EORIE (DD704), USS MAINSTAY (AM261), LST 820, and LST 861. Before coming to the HAMNER the Exec served with Headquarters IX Corps in Sendai, Japan. Lt(JG)G.W.Baumann Jr. Comm. Officer and Electronics Material Officer Lt (JG) W. R. Beck Gunnery Officer and 1st Div Officer Ens R. G. Bethel Main Propulsion Asst. Ens D. A. Chambers Damage Control Asst. Lt(JG)D.A.Gottschalk 1st Lieutenant Lt (JG) R. M. Jones Anti-Submarine Officer Ens D. J. Paino Combat Information Center Officer Lt K. E. Phillips Engineering Officer Lt C. W. Rockelt Operations Officer Lt J. C. Spell-neyer(MC) Medical Officer Lt(JG) W. E. Stombaugh (SC) Supply Officer J. E. Bartz GMC J. D . Challinor QMC A. R. Goss MMC B. C. Hallmark HMC D. W. Harris FTC C. R. Josephson BTC W. C. Mason MMC H. J. Walker BMC J. M. Ainsworth SN r tM—f - r T. J. H. Allen FN IT , R. L. Atchley IC3 D. R. Bain V GM3 N. L. Baldwin FT3 JLfell 0. W. L. Baldwin SN G. W. Bearfield SO 3 S. Bel SN M. L. Benneil SN R. J. Bergman MR3 D. J. Blair MM2 H. H. Bradley Jr. FN v J J. M. Bradley RM3 R. D. Bray EM3 B. J. Brewer CS3 R. J. Broadwater ME1 R. J. Brodesser MM 3 R. E. Browning FP3 C. W. Bryant BT3 D. F. Caldwell SN J. M. Campbell BTFN A f W. H. Carman Jr. IC2 J. R. Carroll FT1 K. R. Chapmen SN : L. M. Chapoose SA R. M. Clark SN K. D. Cochran RM3 G. A. Cohen SD3 J. M. Corothers FT3 )6A .A. V. M. Crowder FT3 J. H. Daniels SN £1 A W. B. Davis RD3 D. D. Davison EM3 f ' » ' «« C. E. Day SN D. J. Deets S02 H. D. Dennison SN R. Diaz SN J. R. Dojaquez CS2 R. A. Garramone SN F. R. Gilber SN E. G. Glenn SN G. R. Gluck RD3 P. E. Godwin RD2 R. V. Gonzales RD3 W. M. Goodson SN R. L. Grantham SA W. E. Grimes EN3 E. A. Hale RD2 X " ? i B. J. Hammock SN F. J. Hartman SM3 M. L. Havens SN F. R. Hearne DC3 D. G. Heaton FN W. H. Helms Jr. FN H. E. Henson MM3 P. W. Hodge SO 3 W. R. House SN ' B. R. Houston SN O. A. Hover FT3 J. R. Hulsey SN F J. K. Hunsberger SN . • • B. D. Ivory SN C. G. Jackson QM3 R. L. James CS1 D. H. Jantz SN H. H. Jeffrey Jr. DK3 H. S. Jenkins BTFN W. R. Jenkins 5N ■ C. N. Johnson FT3 T. Johnson Jr. SR N ■ t O L. H. Ketteringham Jr. TM1 R. G. Kindschuh GM3 R. O. Klaskin SKSN C. P. Ki SA C. C. Leek GM3 W. G. Long MM2 B. S. Lopez GM3 J. C. Lunsford BM3 1 J. B. Macdougall SN C. B. MacNeal Jr. FA I. J. Macready FA D. L. Mancuso DK3 M. Marshal! SH3 A. C. Martin GM2 H. L. Marvel BM3 DC3 V. L. McCausland EMI D. L. McCoy SN D. R. McCue EN3 F. R. Miller SH3 R. T. Mitchell IC3 R. G. Mitchell SN B. J. Morgan FN G. Morrison GM3 J. E. Muse III YN3 W. O. Natino TN R. D. Neer SN L. A. Nelson FN R. S. Nevills FA C. R. Olofson PN1 J. H. Patrick PN3 E. K. Pearson SA J. W. Peede SK3 x2 P. F. Penton BT3 T. F. Peterson SH3 V ft C. E. E. Pettijohn SN H. G. Ploch FN C. E. Pollock FT3 M. E. Potack SN R. C. Purely SN J. B. Ramos SN C. J. Ramos SN R. C. Randal FN R. N. Randt BT3 E. E. Rector MM 3 D. L. Reeves SO 3 R. W. Robinson SA J. K. Rowley GM3 V J. D. Rudd FN V G. J. Sanders FN E. J. Saujon GM? L. E. Scott TMSN R. L. Sedgwick SR ■ G. F. Shaver BT1 C. C. Srnalley SN D. W. Smith BM2 D. M. Smith BM1 O. D. Spivey MM 3 C. D. Sproul EM3 i . fft x L. E. Stanton Jr. C. E. Stewart Jr. RD1 FT 3 J. Stewart SH3 t 3P vV V J J. C. Stewart BTFN E. F. Szafraniec FA J . E. Taffer MM! W. L. Thomas FA ■- 1 J. D. Thompson SO 2 J. G. Thompson SN B. L. Thomson SH3 M. R. Tidwell EM3 R. C. Townsend FA T. P. Tubon TN H. W. Volker ETR3 H. F. Walsh SM2 J. W. Warr EM2 •a — - J. W. Webb FN R. E. Weirich FN K. Whetstone EMI P. A. Whitfill SA H. D. Whitfill ET2 T. W. Wiles MM3 R. W. Williams Jr. SN C. N. Wilson MM3 H. E. Wood MM 3 v - J. L. Wunderly SN R. D. Yahnke SN T. O. Young BT3 W. M. Young Jr. W. E. Johnson BM2 MM1 £ H. C. Reuter SN R. A. Graham FA J. W. Metzler ET2 ytia iftsSfiiir ■X With the hills of WestPac in the background, the Hamner is home- ward bound i5 1h w OKINAWA $UBIC ' V0 BAY HONG X M KONG e o vokosuka V ko6e 7HP W i ' FORMoSA MIDWAY " .4 0 UAM KWAJALEIN ATOM oJD- $% MARSHALL 9 rfr LAT OO°0O ' N ■» Islands EGUA iv NEW ' XX. BRITAIN. 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