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USS GURKE (DD-783)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTSY

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ROAD HOUSE

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. July 1 1944.
Launched February 15 1945 and commissioned May 12 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1964.
Stricken January 30 1976.
To Greece March 17 1977, renamed Tombazis.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken January 12 1997.
Fate Laid up in Souda Bay Crete as of January 1998.

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Gurke 10k Henry Gurke was born 6 November 1922 at Neche, North Dakota. Enlisting in the Marine Corps 15 April 1942, he participated in the invasion and occupation of Pavuvu, Russell Islands. Private Gurke was killed during the battle for Bougainville 9 November 1943. He and another Marine were sharing a foxhole to defend a vital road when a Japanese grenade dropped directly in on them. Knowing that his companion manned an automatic weapon with greater fire power than his own and could thereby provide more effective resistance, Gurke thrust the other Marine aside and threw himself over the grenade to smother the explosion. For his gallantry above and beyond the call of duty, Private Gurke was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Bill Gonyo
Gurke 105k Undated, location unknown. -
Gurke 98k Undated, location unknown. Randy Kimes
Gurke 117k Undated, location unknown. Jerry Hays
Gurke 209k May 22 1945, location unknown. Ed Zajkowski
Gurke 122k Circa mid 1950's. Marc Piché
Gurke 126k San Francisco 1958. Robert M. Cieri
Gurke 89k USS Dixie (AD-15) with the USS Southerland (DDR-743), USS Samuel L. Moore (DD-747), USS Rowan (DD-782) and USS Gurke (DD-783) alongside in Yokosuka, Fall 1959. Derick Hartshorn
Gurke 136k January 30 1961, location unknown. Ed Zajkowski
Gurke 162k "Hand Salute! -- As the body of Lieutenant Commander Omar R. Ford, USN, one of 44 officers and men who lost their lives in USS Oriskany October 26 fire tragedy, is committed to the deep from Oriskany's flight deck during memorial services at sea in the Western Pacific, November 6, en route to San Diego, California. Fire-scarred Oriskany departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, for San Diego November 3." (quoted from the original caption released with this image). Note Oriskany's insignia on the light-colored flag, at right, and three destroyers steaming alongside. Nearest destroyer is USS Chevalier (DD-805). Next outboard is USS Gurke (DD-783). Photographed by JOC Dick Wood.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97411). (Note that the Oriskany fire actually occurred in 1966, not 1967 as is incorrectly printed on the photo). NHC
Gurke 93k Tied-up to a buoy in San Diego on 28 August 1967. Robert Hurst
Gurke 105k USS Gurke (DD-783) underway in early 1970’s somewhere in Westpac. Bill Gonyo
Gurke 100k Hong Kong 1974. From the website of Karsten Petersen located at http://www.geocities.com/kp_diver/index.htm. Karsten Petersen
Gurke 63k Ship's patch. Mike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Gurke 71k On Greek Naval service as the HNS TOMPAZIS, undated, location unknown. Anthony J. Vrailas
Gurke 92k On Greek Naval service as the HNS TOMPAZIS, undated, location unknown. Anthony J. Vrailas

USS GURKE DD-783 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Kenneth Loveland    May 12 1945 - Jun 1946 (Later RADM)
CDR William L. Tagg    Jun 1946 - Jul 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR Charles Emmett King    Jul 1947 - Aug 1948
CDR William Warren Walker    Aug 1948 - Mar 1950
CDR Frederick Malcolm Radel    Mar 1950 - Aug 1952
CDR Edward Jerome Foote    Aug 1952 - Jul 1954
CDR Edwin Miller Rosenberg    Jul 1954 - Mar 1956 (Later RADM)
CDR Ashley Jewell Little    Mar 1956 - Nov 1957
CDR Marvin D. Norton    Nov 1957 - Dec 1958
CDR S. T. Edgerton    Dec 1958 - Oct 1960
CDR Richard E. Kipe    Oct 1960 - Aug 1962
CDR Charles R. Anderson    Aug 1962 - Jul 1963
CDR Theodore Robert Kent    Jul 1963 - Jan 1965
CDR Joseph W. Wilson    Jan 1965 - Aug 1966
CDR James Francis Murphy    Aug 1966 - Apr 1 1968
CDR Eugene B. Ackerman    Apr 1 1968 - Jul 13 1969
CDR Ronald Allen Berger    Jul 13 1969 - May 1971
CDR Daniel Theodore Holly Jr.    May 1971 - Nov 1972
CDR Joe Lambert Holland    Nov 1972 - Jan 1975
CDR Compton Eugene Ward    Jan 1975 - Jan 30 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: J. Frank Hickam
Address: 25 Harlech Drive, Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone: (302)998-5105
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Gurke website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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