Hamner (DD 718) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1958

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AND THE SECOND Instead of receiving a captain new to the ways of a destroyer, the HAMNER'S crew was delighted to discover that Commander Robert Richard DUPZYK was also a salted veteran of the destroyer navy. ln fact,'the Captain was almost blown off the destroyer ZELLARS in April,Yl5,during the Okinawan Campaign when a kamikaze plane crashed below the second mount and exploded its torpedo in the scullery to demolish everything below the bridge between the first mount and the forward fireroom. The Captain, recently accustomed to the formalities of carrier and staff duties, brought with him, for better or worse, a little more "regulation" than had been known on the HAMNER during the previous few years. His determination and careful guidance obtained for the HAMNER the tremendous results of the second Yokosuka availability, and his willingness to let the 00D's handle most of the various tactical maneuvers, even the one that almost hit the WILTSIE, inspires great confidence in these officers. To our Captain Dupzyk, the U.S. Navy is HIS navy, and the past 24 years of devoted service have borne this out well. Born 17 March, 1917, in Broderick, California, the Captain left Sacramento Junior College in September, 1934, to start his naval career in San Diego as a boot recruit. After two years of enlisted service he was sent to the Naval Academy, he was commissioned in 1940. He has skippered PT Boats, the MARSH IDE-6991, and THE SULLIVANS CDD-5379, served as Navigator of the CLEVELAND CCL-555 and the battleship MISSISSIPPI, and served as exec in the STRINGHAM CAPD-65 and the ZELLARS CDD-7775. Yes, he is a little more "regulation," keeps a tauter ship, demands more of officers and men. He is "all navy," tremendously enthusiastic about the HAMNER, proud to be shipmates with the officers and men of the HAMNER. How well the ship will fare in the ensuing months is hidden in the unforeseeable future, but if trends can be used as a guide, the Captain and the HAMNER will continue to mark up "E's" and acknowledge "Well Done's." Being assigned to a ship moored to a pier makes the'Captain restless, even though it allows plenty of time with his wife, Viola JoAnne, and their two children, David Patrick, 6, and Diane Elizabeth, 5, at their Coronado, California, home. For our Captain, the roll of a ship is his stabilizer, and the operations of the Navy, destroyer or otherwise, are his life.

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OUR HRS "Captain! !! This is the Officer of the Deck speaking, Sir. Signal in the air-x-ray Romeo tack Three Charlie Four tack Zero Eight Zero, Station One Choir Boy. Our station will be number five. I intend to come right to one five zero at twenty knots upon execution." How the captain, upon hearing the OOD bellow this information through the voice tube to his sea cabin, can snap immediately out of an uneasy sleep to focus this situation in his mind, make a thorough evaluation and issue correct orders during the thirty seconds before the signal is executed, will probably remain a mystery to those who will never be a command- ing officer. However, Captain Teeter did this every single underway night for 26 months without error, not an easy thing to accomplish while dis- playing confidence in his lesser experienced officers. Commander Phillip' Hitchcock TEETER, our first Captain of this cruise, is a hefty man of medium height and a former All-American during his football and baseball days at the University of Minnesota while he studied for his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in steam power. Born 31 May, 1919, in Corvallis, Oregon but living many of his ensuing years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Captain presently resides at 5667 Raymar Avenue, San Diego, with his wife, Anita Swendseen, and their five children: James Steven, 8, John Robert, 7, William Jeffery, 5, and the 3-year-old twins, Catherine Lee and Charles Stewart. Though educated to be a professional engineer, presently registered as such in the State of Minnesota, Commander TEETER's plans were altered somewhat by the growing war clouds of 1941. Entering the Navy in July of that year, the Captain's career from his "green" ensign days followed as briefly described below. FROM: TO: STATION: DUTY: JULY 41 SEPT 41 Georgia Tech Univ. Student Officer indoctrination SEPT 41 SEPT 43 USS SMITH DD378 Engineering!Damage Control Officer OCT 43 NOV 44 USS BENNION DD662 EngineeringfDamage V Control Officer T CAPTAIN OCT 44 JUNE 45 University of Michigan Post grad study- Naval Architecture JULY 45 JUNE 46 D.C. School, NavBase, Instructor Philadelphia JULY 46 JUNE 47 General Line School, Post Graduate Study Newport JULY 47 DEC 48 USS GOODRICH DD831 Executive Officer JAN 49 JAN 51 NavBase, Guantanamo Aide to Commander Bay, Cuba FEB 51 JULY 52 USS HAWMAN DE416 Commanding Officer AUG 52 SEPT 55 O.N.l. Washington, D.C. Office in Charge Dissemination Unit PROMOTIONS BATTLES JUNE 42 LTJG OCT 45 LCDR OCT 42 Santa Cruz APR 43 LT MAR 52 CDR NOV 44 Surigao Straits 5 Being a solid veteran of the destroyer Navy and having earned the Navy Cross for extinguishing the rampaging fire caused by a near fatal kamikaze suicide plane crash into the bridge of the SMITH during the Battle of Santa Cruz, Captain Teeter came aboard the HAMNER at Haohsiung in October, 1955 well prepared for his tour as Commanding Officer. The Captain established, during his 26 months aboard a "benevo- lent dictatorship' in maintaining close account of events at hand while upholding, as only a good captain can, an atmosphere of cheerfulness and ease in the wardroom. Taking the HAMNER through the first 2M months of this cruise, Captain Teeter left our new commanding officer a first rate team with which to assist his "breaking in" to the ways of the HAMNER. Yes, it was a TEETER-trained OOD who brought the HAMNER alongside the TICONDEROGA in the twilight morning darkness of .7 De- cember to transfer Commander Teeter by highline for the first leg of his long journey home. "Goodbye, my Captain, thank you for the pleasure of serving under youu! .

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55 xx.u,.,xX-,,s..g X-...N NOX- -nw--xxxvxxxxexxx--NA I I LCDR R. G. WALLACE LT H. E. KARBACH, IR. fMCl LTIG G. W. BAUMANN, IR. LTIG D. A. GOITSCHALK LTJG R. M. IONES Executive Officer Q57 Squadron Medical Officer Operations CUM GUIIIIBW EHEIHCGTIHH Electronics 12151 LTIG E. L. SIKOROVSKY LTIG C. F. IDE LTIG R. G. BETHEL ENS W. D. HIATTT ENS C. E. WILLIAMS Supply Operations 12151-CIC l' First Lieutenant Damage Control Assistant Communications .41 Electronics 13157 - MPA l2l Missing from Pictures: LCDR I. CASTRO, Executive Officer lll LTJG D. T. WOLFE, Navigator MMD ENS D. I. PAINO, CIC Officer Q21 ENS T. CAMERON, JR., ASW Officer ENS G. L. BEIERLING, IR. ENS C. I. DAVIS, lll Assistant First Lieutenant Main Propulsion Assistant l2l A cup of strong coffee, a hearty sandwich and the warmth of a foul weather jacket all prime the sleepy O4-08 Officer of the Deck for his chilly hours on the bridge. Careful reading of the captain's night orders under the chart table's dim red light provides the relieving OOD with his basic orders before stepping out on the darkened bridge to adjust his eyes to the night. After memorizing the cruising information and viewing carefully the ship formation both visually and by radar, the exchange of "I relieve you, sir" and "I stand relieved" sends the weary OOD below and leaves the new OOD charged with the safety and proper operation of the HAMNER for the next four hours, the four hours that will unfold, with the break of dawn, the events of a new day. How well the HAMNER will do in the day's operations depends heavily on the foresight and preparations of this OOD and those who follow. Though it seems that we are always on the bridge while underway, watch standing is only one of the many and varied duties of the officers of the HAMNER. Trained specifically for administraton and more gener- ally in all the phases of HAMNER operations, each officer can expect his three years aboard to support a wide variance in duties assigned. He may be assigned to the gunnery department for one year, the engineering department the next and the last year may find him in operations. ln each job as either department head or division officer he is the man who handles the administration, coordinates the efforts of his men for most effective maintenance and training, and compromises the differ- ences between them and the other sections of the ship. Gathering around the wardroom table, the officers are frequently in conference as the captain's policies are dictated, the overall training schedules for the ship are formulated, conflicting personnel and materials of the divisions and departments are compromised or a new "volunteer" is selected for the position of wardroom mess treasurer. On the light side of life, 'the HAMNER's wardroom is one of the happiest in the Fleet. There is no contesting the superiority of the food served during the meal hours or available at any hour for snacks, and we all carry about ten extra pounds in attestment to this fact. Most of the wardroom officers prefer to go ashore together, sometimes in small groups and sometimes enforce. The jolliest times for everybody are those in which nine to ten of us gather in the club for a few rounds, with the dice deciding who pays. There have been evenings when the entire group, after going separate ways earlier, have gathered in the wardroom for a boisterous celebration to cap a good liberty. In Hong Kong we set all kinds of records for going broke, with most officers buying three times over their previously set limits. Most of us in the HAMNER's wardroom are reserve officers determined to give the Navy and our country three excellent years of service before returning to civilian ranks. Serving aboard the HAMNER provides us an excellent background in leadership and administration which will be invaluable in our future professions. The regular officers find the rugged three years aboard the HAMNER the best experience they can gain toward a well rounded ,naval career. Both types of officers know the HAMNER is their ship and their trust for the three-year tour of duty, and each officer strives to take with him from the HAMNER, when his tour is done, the satisfaction of a job "WELL DONE." li. :L "3-', 2 If H' - ' ,L ,I . semi'-h' .' , fX"'-kQ'x,'-lx'sH7 -'.'Q?'-fi-YQRS.-Wxx.s Fffiuli nf! ii i -hi F--- :N ' 'a.,x:Qw-xs-Q-v'1fv:'9"f-'f0"2' f"'f'i 'I A 'ef 1. ' 79-.ia Vi: J 5 .I ,, , xr, x'-. I x'-fi

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