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In need of overhaul and rest, the ship returned to San Diego in March 1951. In July
HAMNER entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard to receive additional three inch caliber
mounts and improved ASW ordnance Qhedgehogl. HAMNER's ASW capability was thus
extended making her a threat against medium speed submarines.
The summer of 1958 saw HAMNER become recipient of thirteen "E's" for battle
efficiency. These were earned in the fields of Engineering, Operations, ASW, and
On 2 january 1962 HAMNER departed San Diego for San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard
for Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization CF RAMJ. During this period the ship was
fitted out as' she is today with the exception of DASH which was added in 1964.
The initial weeks of 1964 were highlighted by HAMNER's participation in Seattle's
annual Seafair celebration. While in Seattle the ship played host to thousands of
visitors and was later awarded the first SEAFAIRSMANSHIP award for outstanding
HAIVINER departed San Diego for her thirteenth WESTPAC cruise on 5 january 1965,
and arrived in Subic Bay on 27 january. From there she escorted the USS HANCOCK
CCVA-195 to the Tonkin Gulfg this was HAMNER's first cruise to include a tour of
A historical first occured on 20 May 1965 when HAMNER became the first U. S. Naval
ship to conduct scheduled shore bombardment in South Viet Nam. This was the first
use of Naval gunfire against hostile land targets since the Korean Conflict.
In july of 1966 HAMNER commenced her fourteenth cruise. During this deployment
HAMNER was the first ship to render assistance to the USS ORISKANY QCVA-341
during her unfortunate fire on 26 October in which 43 men were killed and over a
hundred were injured. HAMNER then guided ORISKANY back to Subic Bay. Upon
arrival in Subic the ship began preparations for a change of command. On 4 November
1966 Commander D. L. Newgard relieved Commander H. R. Pedneault. The following
day the ship departed for the coast of North Viet Nam. On 19 November while in
company with the USS JOHN R. CRAIG CDD-8855, HAMNER was taken under fire by
two shore battery sites. Although neither ship sustained damage, shrapnel was found
lying on the main decks. Six hundred rounds of counter-battery were fired in return
to this attack.
On 8 june 1967 HAMNER visited Portland, Oregon, and participated in the annual
Rose Festival. Thousands of visitors were guided through the ship during the five day
period. From Portland HAMNER returned to San Diego to prepare for her fifteenth
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ss HAMNER DD-718
The United States Ship HAMNER, Destroyer 718, a veteran of fifteen Western Pacific
cruises, has seen fourteen changes in command, and has travelled an accumulated
distance that would encircle the earth more than thirty times. I-IAMNER was built by
the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. , Port Newark, New jersey, and was
launched on 24 November 1945. Immediately upon commissioning on 12 july 1946,
I-IAMNER was underway for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the commissioning shakedown
cruise. Upon completion of shakedown training the ship was ordered to the Pacific
Fleet via the Panama Canal, and cruised to her new home port of San Diego.
In December 1949 after two WESTPAC cruises, 1-IAMNER entered Mare Island Naval
Shipyard for a major facelifting. 1-IAMNER had her main armament changed and
detection capabilities increased. The 40mm. and 20mm. secondary batteries were
replaced with three inch caliber rapid fire batteries along with associated fire control
systems. ln addition HAMNER was fitted with an air search radar, which greatly
extended her effectiveness and modified her capabilities and missions.
With the new weapons and radars, I-IAMNER deployed to WESTPAC just as the Korean
hostilities were breaking out. During this cruise the ship was called upon to fire
support missions, evacuate troops, and conduct ASW patrols. While serving in
Korea, I-IAMNER participated in the evacuation of Yondak, the defense of Pohang, and
the landing at lnchon.
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COMMANDER D.L. NEWGARD, USN
Commander D. L. Newgard enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and served during World
War ll in both the Atlantic and Pacific. After the War he attended St. Martin's
College, and was commissioned Ensign, USNR, in March of 1949. l-Ie served in USS
WEEDEN KDE-7975 and USS GEORGE K. MCKENZIE CDD-8365 during the Korean
Conflict. ln 1952 Commander Newgard returned to school at Washington State
University, and in 1955 graduated in Chemical Engineering. After a tour in USS
HANCOCK QCVA-195 he was assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School Where he re-
ceived a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960.
Commander NeWgard's next duty Was as Executive Officer of USS HAMNER QDD-7181
from 1960-61. I-Ie later became Commanding Officer of USS WALTON KDE-3615 and
USS BRISTER CDER-3275. In September of 1963 he Went ashore as Associate Technical
Director to the U.S. Naval Support Activity, Da Nang, South Viet Nam. From Da Nang
he returned to 1-IAMNER in November 1966 when he assumed command.
Commander NeWgard's decorations include the Bronze Star Medal With Combat "V"
and gold star in lieu of the second award, the Navy Unit Commendation and campaign
medals from World War ll, Korea, and Viet Nam.
Commander Newgard is married to the former Elizabeth Kemp of Olympia, Washing-
ton. The Newgards are the parents of Mary Elizabeth and jesse Douglas.
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