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USS Hamul (AD-20)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Hamul (AK-30) (1941 - 1943)
November - Bravo - November - Xray NBNX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Hamul Class Destroyer Tender:
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Campaign and Dates Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 May to 30 June 1945
Korean War Campaign Campaign and Dates Third Korean Winter, 19 March 1953
Displacement 8,560 t.(lt) 14,800 t.(lim)
Beam 69' 9"
Draft 24' 9" (lim)
Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
double De Laval Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
four Diesel-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
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By Merchant Service Lykes Bros. SS Corp. 540k SS Sea Panther underway while in merchant service for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., immediately after delivery by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, circa 1940, location unknown. Gerhard Muller-Debus USS Hamul (AK-30)
57k USS Hamul (AK-30) near Boston Navy Yard, 19 December 1941.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-26434, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com Robert Hurst USS Hamul (AD-20)
19-N-38705 116k USS Hamul (AD-20) at Mobile, AL., on 4 January 1943 upon completion of conversion
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-38705 & 19-N-38704, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com. Robert Hurst
19-N-38704 93k 112k USS Hamul (AD-20) tending a string of 4 unidentified Destroyer Escorts, date and location unknown. CAPT. Jerry Mason, USN 54k USS Hamul (AD-20) with (from left to right)
USS Calcaterra (DE-390);
USS Pride (DE-323);
USS Falgout (DE-324);
USS Alger (DE-101) and
USS Eichenburger (DE-202), alongside at Bermuda in early 1944. Note HF/DF antenna visible on three of the five DEs, and the two-tone Measure 22 camouflage on four of the five DEs.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 86271, courtesy Captain D.L. Madeira Collection. Robert Hurst 75k USS Hamul (AD-20) "A" Division, mid-1949, Atlantic. Ralph Drexel, MM2, USS Hamul, 1949-52 71k USS Hamul (AD-20) at anchor, circa early 1950s, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 1043637, courtesy Shipscribe.com. Robert Hurst 125k USS Hamul (AD-20) moored to a buoy in San Diego Bay, circa late 1940s or early 1950s.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 1043638, courtesy Shipscribe.com. Robert Hurst 172k USS Hamul (AD-20), in Japan, circa 1950 to 1952, while tending destroyers, from inboard to outboard:
USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752)
USS O'Brien (DD-725)
USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884)
USS Bausell (DD-845) and
USS Rogers (DD-876) Cyrus Dodd III for his father Cyrus C Dodd BM2 USN USS Hamul 1950-52 112k USS Hamul (AD-20) tending three unidentified destroyers partially visible on her port side, date and location unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" Magazine, Mid-December 1953. Stanley Svec 112k USS Hamul (AD-20) underway, circa 1951-53, location unknown. Jody Primeaux for his father John E. Primeaux USS Hamul 1951-53 68k USS Hamul (AD-20) at Yokosuka, Japan, late 1954-early 1955, with USS Blue (DD-744, USS Frank E. Evans (DD754) with another unidentified DD being moved out to make room USS Le Ray Wilson (DE-414) to tie up for maintenance in late 1954 or early 1955. Frank D. Heckart GM2 USS Le Ray Wilson DE-414 182k USS Hamul (AD-20) moored to a buoy at Naval Station Long Beach, CA., date unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1957. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. 284k <USS Hamul (AD-20) moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 1960 with USS Fletcher (DD-445) and the sailing scow USS Echo (IX-95) alongside. This is a scene from the movie "The Wackiest Ship in the Army". The scow is not the real Echo. Tommy Trampp 278k 87k USS Hamul (AD-20) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1962. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. 75k USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36) and USS Hamul (AD-20) anchored at Naval Station Long Beach, circa 1960s. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. 120k USS Hamul (AD-20) under way, date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski 77k USS Hamul (AD-20) Decommissioning Program and USS Isle Royale (AD-29) Recommissioning Program cover. John Comstock USS Isle Royale
For more photos and information about USS Hamul, see;
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) MARAD Vessel History Database Photos from the collection of John E. Primeaux USS Hamul 1951-53
01 CDR. Tillson, Elwood M. 14 June 1941 to 18 December 1942 02 CDR. Deewall, Raymond Gregory :RADM 18 December 1942 to 3 October 1944 03 CAPT. Hoffner Jr., Carleton Crosby 3 October 1944 to 26 September 1945 04 CAPT. Fenn, Herbert Keeney 26 September 1945 to 6 October 1945 05 CDR. Brown, James Roll 6 October 1945 to May 1946 06 CDR. Day, Walter DeForest May 1946 to July 1946 07 CDR. Maurer, Richard Charles July 1946 to November 1946 08 CAPT. Maher, Arthur Laurence November 1946 to December 1947 09 CAPT. Guillot, James, Casimir December 1947 to February 1950 10 CAPT. Monroe Jr., Frank February 1950 to June 1951 11 CAPT. Dalton, Carl Malcolm ? June 1951 to ? July 1952 12 CAPT. Duborg, Francis Rahr July 1952 to June 1953 13 LCDR. Watson, Samuel Elijah June 1953 to September 1953 14 CAPT. Mccombs, Charles Edward September 1953 to July 1954 15 CAPT. Deewall, Raymond Gregory July 1954 to 1 May 1955 16 CAPT. Lewis, Porter 1 May 1955 to 1 August 1955 17 CAPT. Pieczentkowski, Herman Arnold :RADM 1 August 1955 to 5 May 1956 18 CAPT. Schoeni, Walter Paul :RADM 5 May 1956 to July 1957 19 CAPT. Kilmartin Alfred Dunn July 1957 to July 1958 20 CAPT. Combs Jr., Walter Vincent July 1958 to 1 July 1959 21 CAPT. Keithley, Roger M. 1 July 1959 to 2 July 1960 22 CAPT. Silk, Francis William 2 July 1960 to 21 July 1961 23 CAPT. Simpson, Eugene Howard 21 July 1961 to 9 June 1963
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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