Hamner (DD 718) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1968

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Hamner got underway for its fifteenth WestPac Cruise on 19 September 1967 ,anticipating heavy action in the Vietnamese crisis. After five days the ship pulled into Pearl I-Iarbor, Hawaii, for a three day stay during which time fuel was taken on and necessary briefings were held. Upon completion, I-Iamner proceeded west for a two day stop at Yokosuka, japan, then on to the Tonkin Gulf and action on Yankee Station with USS Coral Sea CCVA-435 in what proved to be an exciting eight days. During this period I-Iamner participated in numer- ous flight operations and two search and rescues for downed aircraft. Subic Bay was the next port of call for six days of upkeep. On 3 November Typhoon Emma chased the fleet from Subic Bay 5 therefore, the transit to 1-long Kong was begun a day earlier than scheduled. After five rough days at sea we steamed into I-long Kong I-Iarbor, and immediately com- menced three days of excellent liberty. Naval Gunfire Support was the next evolution on our schedule, and we proceeded on 11 November to the lower Corps areas of South Vietnam to begin this activity. This was the first chance to put our gtui crews into action, and 1-Iamner expended 1269 rounds during two weeks of gunfire support. With the ship now in need of upkeep, 1-Iamner sailed to Sasebo, japan, for a 10 day visit, and set about accomplishing necessary repairs. Liberty was also very good, tours were con- ducted to Nagasaki and the resort town of Unzen. On 8 December we got underway for Sea Dragon Operations with an overnight visit to Kaoshiung, Taiwan. During our period on Sea Dragon, which was in company with 1-IMAS Perth QD-381, many hours were spent at general quarters as the ship often steamed within ranges- of the North Vietnamese batteries. The remainder of December and early January were spent on Yankee Station with various carrier groups. lt was during this time that 1-Iamner participated in an early morning search and rescue for which Boatswain's Mate First Class Simpson earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroic rescue of a drowning sailor from the USS Ranger CCVA-615. On 4 january the ship sailed back to Subic Bay for 15. days of upkeep before returning to the 1 Corps area for more Naval Gunfire Support in our final assignment. Hamner fired 7, 298 rounds during the final twenty days of that period in the Tet Offensive, and consistently earned the praise of spotters and our superiors in the chain of command. After returning to Subic Bay for a short stay, I-Iamner departed for Wollongong, Australia, for five days of rest and relaxation. ln accordance with tradition a day was set aside when crossing the equator for the shellbacks to initiate the slimy polywogs into the Ancient and Sacred Order of the Deep. As a consequence 23 February proved to be a trying day for the 248 polywogs and great fun for the 30 ,shellbacks who did a fine job in carrying out tradition. From 2 to 7 March the ship visited Wallangang, Australia. The friendly and hospitable attitude of the people was amazing, and the ship was continually swamped with invitations for tours, dinner engagements and sporting events. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the five days of unmatched liberty. On 7 March the ship got underway for our home port of San Diego with one day stops at Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Pearl I-Iarbor, I-Iawaii. Throughout the cruise I-Iamner expended 8, 752 rounds of ammunition over 826 missions. 1-Iamner replenished at sea ffuel, ammunition, and suppliesj 42 times. We cruised approx- imately 47, OOO miles using 3, 114, 894 gallons of fuel. Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V" were awarded to LCDR R. G. Porter, LT J. E. Minard, LT C. L. Marsh, LTIG W. A. Gray, and C-MGC Edgington for their contributions during the Tet Offensive. Navy Achievement Medals with Combat "V" were awarded to LTJG C. R. DOVE, BM1 Simpson, GMG1lgou, and FTG2 Rowe. Simpson, as previously mentioned, also earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. ' ' 49

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