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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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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.
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