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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.
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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.
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