From the “Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,” 
(1968) Vol. 3, p.225.


Displacement:  1,200 t.
Length:  306’
Beam:  36’7”
Draft:  8’7”
Speed:  21 k.
Complement:  186
Armament:  3 3”;
	2 depth charge tracks;
	8 depth charge projectors;
	1 hedge hog
Class:  EDSALL

	The second HAMMANN (DE-131), formerly LANGLEY, was 
named 1 August 1942 after the first HAMMANN (DD-412); 
launched by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex., 13 
December 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Lilliam Rohde; and 
commissioned 17 May 1943, Lt. Comdr. R. D. deKay in command.

	HAMMANN departed 5 June for Bermuda and shakedown 
operations, returning to Philadelphia 6 July.  From there 
the ship sailed to Norfolk and on 13 July began the first of 
her many transatlantic convoy voyages.  Her first four 
passages to Casablanca, Morocco, covered the period 13 July 
1943 to 10 March 1944.  During this period she screened 
convoys in company with escort carriers.  She made several 
attacks on submarine contacts, but recorded no kills.

	Between 28 March and 29 November 1944, the busy ship 
made no less than six more voyages successfully convoying to 
and from Europe, stopping at ports in Northern Ireland.  
Starting 4 January 1945, the ship changed her convoy 
destination to Liverpool and made four more voyages 
protecting the vital flow of supplies for the end of the 
European war.  During one passage, 2 March 1945, HAMMANN was 
called upon to aid one of the ships in the convoy, LONE 
JACK, after a torpedo attack.  The destroyer escort picked 
up 70 survivors and sent salvage parties aboard the stricken 
ship to keep her afloat.

	Her duties in the Atlantic completed, HAMMANN departed 
New York 7 July 1945 for training operations in the 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, area, departing 24 July for 
California.  She arrived San Diego via the Panama Canal 4 
August, and from there proceeded to Pearl Harbor.  As the 
Pacific war was then over, the destroyer escort took on 
passengers at Pearl Harbor for California, and after 
discharging them, sailed through the Canal again to 
Charleston, S.C., arriving 25 September.  She decommissioned 
at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 24 October 1945, and was placed 
in reserve.  She was later moved to the Texas Group at 
Orange, where she remains out of commission in reserve.

	[Stricken from the Navy Register on 1 October 1972, 
HAMMANN was sold on 18 January 1974.

K. Jack Bauer and Stephen S. Roberts, “Register of Ships of 
the U. S. Navy, 1775-1990,” p.224.]

Transcribed by Michael Hansen