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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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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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LIEUTENANT COMMANDER R.G. PORTER, USN
Lieutenant Commander Richard Grayson Porter, a native of Penfield, New York,
graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1957. I-Iis first assignment was to USS
JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, IR. QDD-8505 where he served as Communications Officer,
Damage Control Assistant, and Engineer Officer. After a three year tour in
KENNEDY, Commander Porter attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he re-
ceived a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I-lis next assignment was
Commanding Officer of the coastal minehunter, USS BITT ERN CMI-IC-435. His com-
mand tour was followed by destroyer staff duty at Charleston, South Carolina, first
serving as Materiel Officer on the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron Six, then
as Aide and Flag Secretary to Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Six.
Commander Porter reported to I-IAMNER in june 1967. I-le resides in San Diego with
his wife, the former Wanda Welliever of Oberlin, Kansas, and two daughters, Susan,
age 7 and Laura, age 5.
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