Elmes, Clyde Collamore, Jr., ENS

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1941-1942, 110X, USS Hammann (DD-412)
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1941 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ridley Park, PA
Last Address
7 Ridley Ave.
Ridley Park, PA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington Cemetery Drexel - Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sunnyside (cenotaph)

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US Navy
  1941-1942, 110X, USS Hammann (DD-412)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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United States Naval Academy
  1937-1941, United States Naval Academy2
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  Feb 07, 1941, Service entry date & Serial Number
  Jun 23, 2015, General Photos4
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June 6th 1942, Lookouts stationed aboard the Hammann and the Yorktown quickly sighted the onrushing torpedo spread churning inexorably closer to their ships, but little could be done by either ship to avoid them. Nonetheless, Hammann's Captain rang down for flank speed and ordered all mooring and electrical lines cast off to get his Destroyer underway as her crew went to General Quarters. Gunners in Hammann's Starboard 20mm mounts opened fire on the inbound torpedoes in a last-ditch attempt to destroy them but helplessly watched as the first round passed beneath her keel and slammed into Yorktown's hull. The second torpedo from I-168 followed the path of the first but ran higher in the water and struck Hammann in her forward fireroom beneath her #2 turret where it caused the fireroom bulkhead to fail and broke the Destroyer's back. Sending up a huge plume of debris, oil and seawater onto the Hammanns deck, the force of the two blasts and another torpedo striking the Yorktown severed all the lines holding the two ships together and cast the Hammann adrift as she sagged by her bow and began to settle. The abandon ship was quickly passed and topside crew jettisoned life rafts as she quickly began to sink, and within four minutes the Hammann's bow had gone under rearing her Stern high out of the water and showing her still-turning screws before it too went down with dozens of her crew still trapped below decks. 

Survivors from the Hammann thrown into the sea were frantically paddling for life rafts or lines dropped from Yorktown when the Destroyers armed depth charges began detonating in the deep beneath them, causing enormous explosions which killed many of her survivors in the water and likely sealing the fate of the severely damaged Yorktown, whose hull took yet another round of punishment. Attending Destroyers and salvage ships quickly moved in and pulled the Hammann's remaining crew from the water but 80 of her compliment either went down with the ship or did not survive the depth charging while awaiting rescue. 

For her service in the Second World War, USS Hammann received two Battle Stars.
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United States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry
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