USS HARTLEY DE 1029

 

 

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USS Hartley DE-1029

Build by
New York Shipbuilding CO
Camden New Jersey

Commissioned 26 June 1957
Decommissioned 8 July 1972

Transfered to the Colombian Navy
and renamed the ARC Boyaca DE-16
Decommissioned 1991 and
disassembled for transport to Guatape Co.
for reassembly as a museum ship.


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Courtesy of
Bob Funkhouser 1963-66

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Commanding Officers

1957 1958 LCDR C.N. Crandall Jr.
1958 1960 LCDR R. Alexander
1960 1961 LCDR R.A. Komorowski
1961 1962 LCDR J. Faull
1962 1963 LCDR W.C. Hamm Jr.
1963 1964 LCDR D. Oaksmith
1964 1966 LCDR R.A. Beaulieu
1966 1967 LCDR R.C. Berry
1967 1969 LCDR T.R.M. Emery
1969 1970 LCDR T. Fields
1970 1971 LCDR R.W. Herig
1971 1972 LCDR J.L. Harkin

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Alexander Capt. USN (Ret) Richard LCDR CO 1958-60 Middletown RI
Alfred Donald CM1 USN (Ret) TM2 (Plank Owner)1957-59 Galesburg IL
Algar Bruce LT 1966-69 Bluffton SC
Aluza BTC USN (Ret) John BT1 1963-66 Charleston SC Deceased 17 June 2006
Ancelet TMCM Clifton Sr SN 1970-72 San Diego CA
Anderson Lawrence Capt.USNR (Ret) LT (XO) 1966-68 Portsmouth VA
Anderson Sam (Andy) RD3 1962-65 Corpus Christi TX
Arsenault Fred GM1 1965-65 Deceased 10-16-95
Arsenault Marc ET2 1960-61 Charlton MA
Austin David RM2 1959-61 Hagerstown MD
Barnum John ETR2 1968 Clifton Park NY
Baillie Don BMSN 1966-67 Lakeland FL
Bates Chuck San Diego CA
Beaty Ronald 1965 Jamestown TN
Beaulieu Reo CDR USN(Ret) LCDR (CO) 1964-66 Lincoln RI
Beckett Doug STG2 1967-68 Brewer ME
Bennett Francis RMC 1963-65 Homosassa FL
Benson (Plank Owner) Clark LTJG 1957-60 North Andover MA
Benway George Jr. LTJG 1960-62 Mashpee MA
Berger Bill ET2 1961-64 Big Bear Lake CA
Bibler Michael ETSN 1970-71 Temple TX
Bice Fredrick MM3 1958-62 Keene NH
Blocker Clarence SH2 1960-63 (Deceased)
Bonds John Ops Off 1964-66 Mt. Pleasant SC
Boothby Gary 1966-68 Purgatory ME
Boyd James FTG3 1969-71 Lawrenceville GA
Bray John SK1 1965-66 Jacksonville FL
Brennan John ET2 1957-62 Gulf Breeze FL
Broadbent Dale RD2 1969-71 Attleboro MA
Browning John LT. CHF. ENG. 1966-69 Waynesboro VA
Bruckmoser Lou MM3 1957-59 Three Lakes WI
Burch Robert SK2 1971-72 Otego NY
Burnham Rich MMC 1969-1970 Warwick RI
Butcher Morris Millington TN (Deceased 2 December 2005)
Byrnes Ronald SN 1957-59 Newton MA
Cady Bob LTJG 1966-68 Portland OR
Cahill Tom QM2 1962-64 Yardley PA
Callicoat Harry 1966-70 (Deceased 9 Jan 2012)
Callicoat Larry 1967-69 Cullman AL
Campbell Robert GM3 1959 New City NY
Carolan John Jr. 1959 (Deceased 19 Sept. 2008)
Carollo Jim BT3 1962-64 Staten Island NY
Carpenter Harold DCFN 1957-58 Clayton NY
Castro Luis B LTJG ARC Boyaca 1985 Bogota Colombia
Chadler Dennis BM1 USN(Ret) BMSN Pocono Lake PA
Chaplin, Jr. MS2 USN (Ret) Arnold E3 1960-64 Moyock NC
Chiovatero Clifford SN 1962-63 Lake Bluff IL
Churchey John STG2 1961-64 Port St Lucie FL
Clapp Arthur RM3 1971-72 (Decom Crew) Tolland CT.
Clark TMCS USN (Ret) Robert TM2 1958 Osceola IA
Colca Frank EMFN 1961-62 Titusville FL
Considine John BT2 1966-70 Selden NY
Cooney James MM2 1959-61 Nortn Chicago IL
Courtney Robert ICFN 1961-63 East Stroudsburg PA
Covini Pete MM3 1962-63 Tampa Bay FL
Craparotta David SN 1968-70 Bordentown NJ
Creighton William BT3 1964 Deceased 1986
Culbertson Joe MM3 1964-66 Media PA
Curlander John TM2 1962-64 Long Beach NY
Curry ETCS USN (Ret) John ET1 1957-58 St. Cloud FL
Dalla Mura Bart CAPT USN (Ret) Bart XO 1961-63 Auburn WA
DeJean John SN 1963-64 Lafayette LA
Delorenzo YNC USN(Ret) Plank Owner Bill YN 1956-59 Old Saybrook CT
Dembrosky Robert MM2 1966-69 Allentown PA
DeVallee Peter MEPO Lynbrook NY
Dispensa Frank RM2 1959-62 Wappingers Falls NY
Donnelly STCM USN (Ret) William 1960 Louisville KY
Drury William LT Virginia Beach VA
Eastman Edward SN 1961-62 Erie PA
Edwards Donald TM2 1969-72 Quitman TX
Edwards (Plankowner) Victor GM3 1957-59 Glenwood NJ
Elmer Ronald BTFN 1961-63 Saginaw MI
Faull Joe D Cmdr.USN (Ret) CO 1961-62 Deceased 1 Dec. 2009
Fichtel Howard LTJG (Supply Off) 1966-69 Deceased 14 May 2013
Field Tylor II LCDR CO 1969-70 Portsmouth RI
Finazzo EWC USN (Ret) Tony RD 1958-59 Annapolis MD
Fiske RADM USN (Ret) Harry XO LT 1963-65 Oakton VA
Foagerty Everett RM2 New Milford CT
Fouch Lee RM3 1060-61 Elk Grove CA (Deceased 12 Mar 2012)
Franklin QMC USN (Ret) Ray QM2 1963-65 Louisville KY
fratz Charles Warrington PA
Fribourg Charles DC2 1966-67 E Greenbush NY
Fry OSCM USN (Ret) John RD2 1962-65 Mesa AZ
Funkhouser Bob QM3 1963-66 Sugar Land TX (Deceased 22 Aug. 2020)
Gardner Robert BM3 1963-65 Philadelphia PA
Garland Warner RD3 1959-60 Ocala FL
Girard Kneil SFP3 1959 Rochester Hill MI
Gordon Ken QM3 1965-66 Erie PA
Graeff (Plank Owner) Robert RDM2 1957-59 Tremont PA
Graham Robert (Ron) ETR2 1969-72 Killen AL
Graves Harold EM3 1963-65 Newport RI
Green John BT3 1969-70 Harrison MI
Gschwendtner MMCM USN (Ret) Michael 1970 Duncansville PA
Haimes CW04 USN (Ret) Arthur EMC 1965 Poway CA
Hamm RADM USN (Ret) Warren Jr LCDR CO 1962-63 St. Albans VT
Harder Michael SA 1965 Lebanon IN
Hauschild Harold FTG3 1965 Englewood FL
Healy Tom BT 1966-67 East Haddam CT
Hennessey Joseph BM3 1964-65 Schenectady NY
Hennessey EM1 USN (Ret) Michael EM2 1965-69 Schenectady NY
Hennessy Thomas MM3 1958-60 Spencerport NY
Herig Richard LCDR CO 1970-71 Deceased 23 March 1998
Higgins Brian FT2 1963-67 Chelmsford MA
Higgins John SHSN 1958-60 East Quogue NY
Hill Ronald 1969-72 Wichita KS
Hilliker Benford 1967-68 East Hampton CT
Hines SKC USN (Ret) Plank Owner Joshua SK1 1957-60 Charleston SC
Hinkle Bennie ETCS (Ret) ETN2 1061-63 Dongola IL
Hodges Robert BT2 1964-65 East Haddam CT
Hoff David BT3 1957-58 Muscatine IO
Holzschuh Charles SK3 1961-63 Boca Raton FL
Hoover Dean MM3 1959-1961 Warsaw IN (Deceased 16 Jan 2011)
Hoover Randall ETR3 1964-66 Middletown PA
Hopewell Paul RD2 1959-62 Cocoa Beach FL
Hopper Danny MM3 1962-65 Rutherford TN
Horton John CS3 1963-65 Burlington IA
Howard Dale FA 1964-65 Conway AR (Deceased Sept 2012)
Howard GMCS USN (Ret) Bill GMG2 1962-65 Moline IL
Howard Billy Joe GM3 1960-64 Bluefield WV
Hull Brice RMCM 1960 Wenatchee WA
Hunt William GMG2 1970 East Brunswick NJ
Hunter Scott 1970-72 (Deceased 2015)
Hyde Bob RD3 1963-66 Fall River MA
Jankowski (Plank Owner) Frank SN 1958-60 Ashdown AR
Jardine Gerald (Gerry) STG3 1966-68 Muskegon MI
Jaszkowski DDC USNR (Ret) Bob HT3 1966 Litchfield Park AZ
Jenkins Larry RM2 1967 Spotsfield VA
Jennings Sonny GM2 1961-62 Haverhill MA
Johlke Allem SN 1969-70 Milwaukee WI
Johns Lee LTJG 1958-61 Palm City FL
Johnson CAPT USN (Ret) Robert Jr LT 1963-65 Lexington GA
Joslin CAPT USN, Ret. Ivan LTJG 1958-60 Virginia Beach VA
Joyce BMCS USN (Ret) Tim BMCS (SW) 1971 Deceased 8-20-01
Kellam James SM3 1960 Jacksonville FL
Kieklak William SN (Barber) 1963-65 Erie PA
Kimbrough M Shiro TX
King Andrew 1959-61 (Deceased 11 Jan 2009) Lyman ME
King Terry SK2 1966-70 Marshfield MO
Kirchmeier Michael ETN3 1971 Windom MN
Klein Jake Howell NJ
Klock Ronald E4 1958 Salton City CA
Kobiec YMCS USN (Ret) Steve YN2 1971-72 Apollo Beach FL
Koch Francis BT3 1965-66 Philadelphia PA
Komorowski Capt.USN (Ret)Raymond LCDR CO 1960-61 (Deceased 28 May 2002)
Larson Edward BTFN 1961-63 Youngstown OH
Langstaff Lawrence (Larry) STG3 1972 (Decomm) Galion OH
Langevin Roderick SP3 1961-62 Keystone FL
Lathrop Tomas HTCM USN(Ret)SF1 1965-66 Washougal WA (Deaceased 14 May 2013)
Laudenslayer (Plank Owner) Neil QM 1957 Gwynedd PA (Deceased5-03)
Lauder HMC USN (Ret) Keith HM1 1957 Middletown RI
Laufer Berthold BT2 1962 Namburg NY
Lavin SKC USN (Ret) Andy SK1 1967-69 Battle Ground WA
Leaverton Jerry MM3 1969-71 Merrill IA
Lee William FT3 1959-61 Waukegan IL
Legg RMC USN(Ret) Richard RM1 1965-67 Clearfield PA (Deceased 12 Sept. 2021)
Leverenz
Thomas TM3 1966-68 Streamwood IL
Liberty Robert BT2 1956-58 (Plank Owner) Alfred ME
Lieb Jerome SH2 1957-59 Montclair NJ
Lindberg (Buzz) Carl RD3 1970-72 Cavendish VT
Lindquist Charles SN 1971 (Deceased 13 Mar 2006)
Litzler William LTJG 1964-66 Rocky River OH
Lloyd Allen BM3 1966-67 Clarington OH
Longenecker William Jr. BTFN 1960 Kempton PA
Lutes David 1965-67 Portland OR
Lynch Edward Jr. LT XO 1968-70  
Magill Robert RD3 1960-62 Poughkeepsie NY
Malengo HMC USN (Ret) Ray HMC 1961-63 Wheaton MD
Mallett LT USN (Ret) Charles LT Portsmouth RI Deceased
Marak OSC USN (Ret) Ronald 1972 Preast Lake ID
Mareno Arbin CS1 1962-65 Elizabeth City NC
Margan John MM3 1971-72 Elkton MD
McBride Jack QM3 1960-64 Seal Beach CA  (Deceased Feb 2008)
McCartney Wilbert MM2 1962 Hatfield PA
McCuen Timothy SK 1961-64 Franklinville NJ
McFarland Jim RD3 1963-64 Troy NY
McKeen Kevin BT1 1969-71 Bridgewater ME
McKenna John RM3 1958-60 Poland OH
McNamara Patrick IC3 1967-68 Stratford CT
McNeil Fedrick 1961-63 Deceased 4-87
McNeilis Bill 1966-68 West Warwick RI
Medlock Plank Owner Ron EM1 1957-58 Aledo IL
Metzger Gary SKSN 1957-59 Canisteo NY
Mikkleson CDR USN (Ret) Jerry LTJG 1960-62 Winter Park FL
Miller BMC USN(Ret) Richard BMC 1959-63 Richmond IN Deceased Feb.04
Mills William 1967-69 Paducah KY
Minnish James RM2 1968-69 Wylie TX
Monelia Bill
Mostek John RM2 !961-63 Sterling Heights MI
Mussellman Don FN 1964 East Freedom PA
Nagy Jules CS3 1960-64 Orange Park FL
Nordstrom Jim QMCM USNR (Ret) QM2 1966-68 West Caldwell NJ
Norton Bob IC3 (plank Owner)1956-59 Delray Beach FL
O'Connell George EMFA 1964-65 Wilmington MA
Oaksmith D. LCDR CO 1963-64 Deceased
Orange David RD2 1959-60 Milford CT
Pacheco Thomas (Chico) MM3 1970-72 Mount Holly NC
Pagel Steve BM3 1965-67 Lecencer MN
Palker John RD2 1962-65 Maple Heights OH
Papia Stephen SK3 1964-66 Framingham MA
Paquet William RD3 1962-65 Tucson AZ
Patrizi Leonard EN3 1960-61 Delanco NJ
Patterson Charles STG2 1966-68 Swansea MA
Paul John RD1 1959-60 Little Falls NY
Pate Johnny BM3 1966-68 Jacksonville FL
Peper James 1960-64 Deceased 7-19-14
Peters Dick RD2 Plank Owner 1957-58 Bellingham MA
Peterson Richard PN 1964-65 Horseheads NY
Pettus Charles Marietta GA
Petz Arthur SN 1958-60 Brookline NY
Piazza CAPT USN (Ret) Ben 1971 Jackson MS
Pina NCC USN (Ret) Ernie YN3 1960-61 Cumberland RI
Powers LCDR USN (Ret) Lynn STG1 1963-66 Kaneohe HI
Prendergast John MMC 1960-61 Deceased 1980
Proudfit Gary RDSN 1960-61 Iron Mountain MI
Pruyne Eric CSSN Deceased 16 Mar 2009
Puckett SHCM USN (Ret) Woodrow 1966-68 Thomasville NC
Qualls Danny BMC 1970 Deceased 1998
Quist Carl BM3 1970-72 Springfield MA
Reed CAPT USN (Ret) William LTJG 1961-63 Smithfield VA
Register James Exeter NH
Reitano John SMSN 1971-72 Cohoes NY
Remmick Martin (Bud) 1959-61 Baden PA
Richardson Gene GMGC 1971-72 Middleboro MA
Riehle Brian SOG2 1957-60 Palm Coast FL
Ritchey Dale RD3 1961-63 Sarasota FL
Ritzul Richard SN 1961-62 Marathon FL
Roberge Donald SNSTG 1962-63 Syracuse NY
Robertson (Plank Owner) Marvin (Robbie) RD2 1957-59 (Deceased  Apr 2009 Buffalo Grove IL
Rogers William 1971 Charleston SC
Rotellini John Pittsburgh PA
Ruiz George RD2 1962-65 Baton Rouge LA
Rushing Mitchel
Ryan Pat RM2 1966-68 North Richland Hill TX
Sanborn Lloyd GM 1966-68 Portsmouth RI
Sansone (Plank Owner) Robert FT2 1957-58 Lighthouse Point FL
Santander Richard SN 1966-69 Virginia Beach VA
Saul LCDR USN (Ret) Plank Owner Joe FT1 1957-60 Kissimmee FL Deceased
Schall Brad 1968-69 Littleton CO
Scheper John MM3 1959-60 (Deceased 1964)Queens NY
Schuller David Capt.USNR(Ret)Ens. 1962-64 Portsmouth RI
Seghi Charles PO2 1968-69 Finleyville PA Deceased
Seabrook William BT3 1957-59 Yonkers NY
Shanks Leroy SFM2 1966-69 Alexandria VA
Sheldon John LTJG 1967-69 Columbia MD
Shorts Bruce SK1 USN (Ret) SK3 1962-64 (Deceased 8 July 2004)
Simmons BMC USN (Ret) Oswald CBM 1959-61 Oceanport NJ, Deceased April 2005
Sliney George ETR2 1969-72 Rancho Cucamonga CA
Smith Al TM3 1961-64 Cocoa Beach FL
Smith CAPT. USN (Ret) Chuck XO 1965-66 Bonita CA
Smith Robert BTFN 1961-63 Cedar Bluff AL Deceased 5 Feb 2009
Snyder HMC USN (Ret) Kenneth HMC 1963-65 Fredrick MD Deceased 7-18-00
Sobeck Thomas CS3 1967 N Canton OH
Somerville Jim RM2 1958-60 Ironwood MI
Sowle David 1962-63 New Bedford MA (Deceased 26 September 2005)
Spinder Ernest EM2 1970 Centerreach NY
Stallings Acarl ET3 1964-66 Port St. Lucie FL
Stanislawski Jim (Martin)RM2 1961-63 Hypoluxo FL
Stanley Troy SN 1958-59
Stare Bill RM3 1960-62 Hopedale MA (Deceased 24 Feb. 2020)
Starr Talcott (Tal) EM3 & IC3 1959-62 Avon Park FL
Stein Louis HN 1964-65 Jackson MI
Stevens ICC USN (Ret) George ICC 1967-69 Spokane WA
Steward Charles FTGCS USN (Ret) FTG2 1967-68 Grayslake IL
Stone Richard QM3 1969 Machanicsburg PA
Sullivan Greg 1967-68 Brandon FL
Sullivan Richard 1968-69 Belle Chase LA
Sullivan MMCS USN (Ret) Dave MM 1965-69 Panama City Beach FL
Sweitzer Bob MM2 1960 Frederick MD
Teeuwe Ernest BT2 1967-70 Iberia LA
Tennebone Terry
Thomas Brad HT2 1969-72 Garner NC
Tregea Dave RM2 1970-72 Grantville PA
Tribula Joe SO1 1958-62 Almont MI
Trolinger RDC USN (Ret) John Jr RDC 1969-72 Ingram TX
Tucker Terry DC2 1966-70 Centerville OH
Tucker Donald
Turek Anthony (Tony) QMSN 1957-58 (Plank Owner) Tampa FL
Turse Ralph IC2 1963-65 Hazleton PA
Uhl Robert MM3 1957-58 Lakeland FL (Deceased 9-27-10)
Unsicker QM1 1960-62 (Deceased Date Unknown)
Vaisvilas Ed SA 1966-67 United Kingdom
Varner John LT 1963-65 Deceased 8-21-14
Versace Victor CS3 1966-67 Garrison NY
Vogensen Randall YN2 1961 De Bary FL
Vrionides Peter STG2 1967-69 Orlando FL
Waite RADM (Ret) Plankowner Demont LTJG 1957-59 Walnut Creek CA
Waters Charles ETR2 1969-71 Navasota TX
Wharton Ralph ETR2 1965-66 Rolesville NC
Weed Ray GMG2 1966-68 Essex Junction VT
Weiland Raymond EN2 1962-64 Lowman NY
Werkheiser Elton QM3 1962-64 Nazareth PA
Wight Alfonza Jr. SN 1961-62 Pikeville NC
Wilson Howard BM3 1966-70 Lewes DE
Winser Kenneth SKSN 1971-72 Warwick RI
Wolfe Robert EM4 1965-66 Philadelphia PA
Wolff Emery 1970-72 (Deceased 1 July 2008) Lake City PA
Wood James BT2 1960 Gum Spring VA
Woodlin Harvey GM3 1957-58 (Plank Owner) Middletown DE
Woodard Tom QM3 1965-66
Wright Doug SN 1966-67 Palmyer VA
Young Sam SN 1957-58 Charlotte NC
Ziegler LTJG USN (Ret) James LTJG 1958-60 Annapolis MD
Zigman Arnold 1964-65 Long Beach CA
Zmolik Robert RM3 1965 Port Huron MI

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LCDR Komorowski  CO 1960-61

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LCDR Warren Hamm Jr. CO 1962-63

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LCDR Thomas R.M. Emery 1967-69

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Courtesy of
LTJG R.Cady 1967

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Courtesy of
LTJG R. Cady 1967

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Courtesy of
LTJG R. Cady 1967

The following photos were taken by Bill Berger ET3 USS Hartley 1960-64
During the Spring Board Cruise to the Caribbean with a visit to San Juan Puerto Rico
In early 1962

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Ships Nest in San Juan Puerto Rico

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Sun Set in the Caribbean

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Timothy McKuen
Store Keeper

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Doug Cohen RM, John Mostik RM2,
and Ben Houle RM

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Entering Port

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Tieing Up

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Bill Berger on Quater Deck Watch

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Robert Magill RD3  on Shore Patrol

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Bill (right) and shipmates on liberty

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Sonarman

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Fueling at sea

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Highlining Executive Officer LT Delllamura

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Rough seas starboard side

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Crewmen manning the lines on the fantail

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Taking a break on the fantail

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Sub off the fantail

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Mini Sub #2

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Coming into Keywest Florida

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Shark Watch during swim call

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Jules Nagy CS3

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Launching motor whale boat at sea

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Chief Oberlander MMC
Launching a few off Cuba

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Bordeaux (Cook)

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Kellums SM3

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 ARC Boyaca DE 16

Dry Dock 

 

USS Hartley ARC Boyaca

Guatape Columbia

 

The USS Hartley DE 1029 commissioned in July 1957 was decommissioned in July 1972 and sold to Colombia and again sailed with the Colombian Navy as the ARC Boyaca DE 16. After 20 years of service, the ship was decommissioned in 1992 with plans to be a marine museum and tourist attraction in Guatape Colombia, The ship was dismantled and trucked to the mountain location on the shores of Lake Guatape in anticipation of being reassembled as a land ship. Due to funding limitations, the project never saw completion to date.

In early 2004 Luis Castro LT ARC Boyaca (1985), Dean Hoover MM3 (1959) and Marc Arsenault ET2 USS Hartley (1961) researched, organized and planned an effort on behalf of the Newport Dealeys, to locate the ships remains in Guatape, and then sponsor a trip to the location to document the remains. In May 1964, on behalf of the Newport Dealeys, Luis Castro traveled to Guatape and with the assistance of local help, completed the goal of photographing and creating a video of the site and surrounding local areas. A report on the trip and a formal photo presentation were made at of our at our Newport Dealeys annual reunion in Warwick RI in the fall of 2004. On March 2, 2013, LT Luis Castro confirmed that the Boyaca remains are still there on the location in Guatape. 

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Guatupa Colombia June 2013
The final days of the USS Hartley/ ARC Boyaca
(See Search for the Hartley Page)

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Shipmate Interviews
By Marc Arsenault

  This request is to recognize MM2 Gregory James Sullivan for his heroic actions on 9 February 1967 while combating a Class Bravo fire onboard USS HARTLEY (DE 1029) while the ship was inport at Naval Station Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.  MM2 Sullivan was assigned as a member of the fire-fighting team that responded to the incident.  The following is a recounting of the events of that day:

9 Feburary 1967
  Members of the Operations Department were using a manually pressurized gasoline blowtorch to heat and remove tile located on the deck of the Operations berthing compartment.  After refueling the blowtorch, a crewmember assigned to the detail pressurized the torch, and then re-ignited the flame.  Flames from the torch ignited fumes from the supply fuel can, which exploded, and a class bravo fire was immediately deemed out of control. General Quarters was sounded and the crew began preparations to fight the fire.  A 3”50 magazine was located adjacent to the Operations berthing compartment.  Due to intense heat generated in the confined spaces below decks, concern regarding the possibility of rounds detonating in the magazine began to grow. Indeed, the magazine temperature began to rise and the magazine fire suppression system was activated to flood the magazine. Nevertheless, the internal magazine temperature continued to rise, and a catastrophic explosion of the magazine, and potential loss of the ship, became an imminent threat.

  On three occasions, the Fire Party Leader, located a deck above the compartment, directed the hose team number one nozzle-man to descend the ladder to fight the now blazing fire. As these were the days before the Fleet had Fire Fighting Ensembles, the Fire Party faced the flames with nothing more than OBAs and their issued dungarees and chambray shirts. On each occasion, the number one nozzle-man attempted to descend the ladder but found condition too intolerable due to extreme heat and flames. He wanted to fight the fire from above the compartment through a scuttle. He continued to apply fire-fighting water to the fire from his position, but only through the scuttle, and apparently, without effect. Meanwhile the ship developed a three-degree list from the collection of fire fighting water. As a precautionary measure to prevent collateral damage to other ships nested around the pier, tugs were called in to tow HARTLEY to a remote location. HARTLEY’s lines were singled-up and the tugs were making ready to move her dead-stick.

  With utter disregard for his personal safety, MM2 Sullivan voluntarily took charge of the number one hose and single-handedly descended through the scuttle and into the flames. During his singular effort, he inadvertently, through smoke and flame, directed the fire-fighting water stream across a 440 AC power panel, and was consequently (albeit momentarily) knocked unconscious. When he came to, he established control of the still charged fire hose, continued his desperate firefighting efforts and within a short period of time, extinguished the fire.  General Quarters was secured and the tugs were dismissed by the Commanding Officer.

  Accordingly, without regard to his own safety, Petty Officer Sullivan prevented the fire from devastating HARTLEY by averting a magazine explosion. Most certainly, adjacent ships and their numerous sailors would have suffered significant injuries and debilitating vessel damage would have been inflicted had Petty Officer Sullivan not acted so boldly and courageously.

   I am recommending that former MM2 Sullivan be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his act of heroism. Extinguishing that fire saved the ship and fellow crewmembers.  MM2 Sullivan willingly subjected himself to grave personal risk.

  The commanding Officer of USS HARTLEY (DE 1029) at the time of this event (LCDR R.C. Berry) is not available and  cannot be located.  Therefore, as Engineer Officer onboard Hartley at that time, I am submitting this request.

  The reason this award was not submitted after the event is due to the fact that the ship's schedule was hectic, and there was no time for additional administrative actions.  The ship was just out of the shipyard and was scheduled to complete refresher training at Guantanamo Bay and then deploy with the escort squadron and USS ESSEX (CVS 9) for a Medditeranean/Northern Europe cruise. The time frame was very short and there was talk of having to go to the shipyard to make repairs. Captain Berry, working closely with repair personnel from the tender, devised a plan for the ship's company working round the clock in teams (twelve hours on and off). This plan was sucessful and the repairs were complete, refresher training was completed, and the deployment date (31 May 1967) was met.  The impact of this schedule resulted in the request for this award for MM2 Sullivan not being submitted in a timely fashion. The deployment kept the ship busy, Captain Berry left the ship in Norway in early July, and the submission of this request was forgotten in the hustle of shipboard life.  It is regretable that such an important and heroic event went unrewarded for so long due to administrative oversight. It is time that the proper recognition of MM2 Sullivan's deed be made.

LTJG John Browning
Engineer Officer
USS Hartley

 

 

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A first hand account of the

collision of the USS Hartley DE 1029 and

Norwegian Freighter Blue Master

as told by

HTCM T. D. Lathrop, USN/Ret.

 

 

June 1965, Newport, RI, as I walked up the gang way to the quarter deck of the USS Hartley, sea bag on the shoulder, orders in hand, I was greeted by a First Class Ship Fitter, who said “Boy am I glad you're here” handed me a ring of keys, he then saluted the Ensign and called back to me “good luck on this one” and he disappeared down the pier.

 

After I checked in, I was informed we were getting underway by the weekend to go down to Norfolk area and then head back up for a North Atlantic cruise.

 

It took a couple of days to get housing arranged, schools for my kids and next thing I knew we were leaving port. I'd been in the shop area one day, met the fellows that made up R division. I found a bunk and locker in the Engineering 1st class section, which was a small 8 bunk compartment off the starboard side of the Engineering berthing. The next day, I took inventory of R division spaces, met more crew and then took in depth tour of the Hartley. Taps, lights out, and sea detail at 0400 next day. I recall reveille, sea detail being announced over the 1MC, then BANG, got knocked out of my rack, lights flickering, people yelling, heard “engine room blew up”, “hit a mine”, everyone scrambling for the only scuttle out of compartment. When I came through the scuttle onto fantail, I looked forward, could see starboard main deck peeled up in the air, steam blowing and a huge forward section of a dark ship that appeared to have cut us in half. It was pushing us sideways, we were leaning over to the port and I remember looking up what seemed like 80 – 90 feet to their foc'sle area and seeing one small flashlight peering down on us.

 

The seas were rough, wind blowing, spitting rain, the side push came to a halt, then suddenly the freighter slowly backed out of the ship. The Hartley came upright then slowly started to list to the starboard side. In all the confusion, I don't recall the collision alarm or GQ alarm being announced, which conflicts to the report.

 

Damage control is an R Division responsibility. I looked around at unfamiliar faces, said we need a damage assessment now, the faces jumped up and took off to investigate. One of the ship fitters opened the DC locker and brought some emergency lanterns.

 

My new found friend was an engine man 1st class, think his name was Phillyar, a big stout guy.

 

As the faces came back with their reports, it was apparent the compartment aft the engine room, forward bulkhead and starboard skin would need to be shored up to prevent flooding and further damage.

 

Yelling out, we need shoring timbers, shoring kit, more lights. Phillyar came back, looked like a northwest logger, with shoring and helpers. We went down into the compartment, it was taking on water. We had to keep a steady stream of lights coming as each one would only last for a few minutes, then die. We got mattresses stuffed into the big rip, backed up with a bunk bottom and shored it into place. Then started on the forward bulkhead, it took two guys to hold the floating shore and one to cut by hand, then stand on them to hold in place so they wouldn't float back up. Overhead shoring was a little easier, you could see the wedges to hammer in place.

We all came back up on deck, told Phillyar we need to start pumping out the flooded space. There was a P-500 on the fantail, rigged it up to pump out, pulled on the starter rope numerous times, finally sputtered to life, then suddenly quit. A quick check revealed that it had seized up.  I told Phillyar, I saw another P-500 forward near foc'sle, bring that back here, we changed everything over to that pump, went to fire it up, we broke both starting ropes, it was seized up tight!! No pumps.

During all that commotion, there was a coast guard helicopter hovering over our helo pad. Someone yelled that the Captain wants to see me up on Helo deck, I ran up there, he said I don't know your name, but do we need any assistance? I told him we need pumps to start dewatering. The coast Guard had lowered a pad and a pencil, I wrote we needed dewatering pumps with suction lines, he retracted the clip board, gave me a thumbs up, flew off, they returned shortly with two big salvage pumps and all the gear, I thanked them with a big thumbs up.

We got everything hooked up and finally started to make headway on dewatering.

I do remember the tug trying to get a tow line aboard. The messenger line would break because of rough seas. On their last effort, you could see the tugs screw kick up sand off the bottom, it was almost time to abandon ship to get ashore, but the helo took the line from the tug and slowly inched his way across the foc'sle and the crew up there was able to hold on, then it was all hands to pull the tow howser on board.

 

The damage control efforts and calamities encountered on the Hartley influenced me from that day on, for the constant importance of preventative maintenance and proper operation of all damage control equipment and training of all personnel aboard ship.

 

After the Hartley, I continued a Navy career aboard ships and stations on both coasts. I retired from the Navy after 20 years service and the last tour of duty was 3 years as the officer in charge of the Fleet Fire Fighting School, Naval Station, Treasure Island, CA.