DD-694 General Specifications
Class: Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer
Named for: Duncan Ingraham
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2200 tons
Length: 376 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet
Flank Speed: 34 knots
Range: 6500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold to Greece 16 July 1971
USS INGRAHAM (DD-694)
The third Ingraham (DD-694) was launched 16 January 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. George Ingraham Hutchinson; and commissioned 10 March 1944
Comdr. H. W.
Gordon in command.
After shakedown in Bermuda and training out of Norfolk
Ingraham sailed for duty with the Pacific Fleet
arriving Eniwetok 31 October in time to begin the final push of the enemy to its home islands. In mid-November
she commenced screening carriers during strikes on Luzon in which considerable damage was done to the
dwindling Japanese navy and air force. The destroyer continued patrol and antisubmarine duty until 12
December when she sailed for the assault and landings on Mindoro. Three days later in company with Barton
she sank a Japanese cargo ship off the southwest tip of Mindoro.
After a brief stay
she departed San Pedro 2 January 1945
for the operations in the Lingayen Gulf. Arriving off
the Gulf on the sixth
she added her powerful anti-aircraft fire to that of the invasion fleet
and bombarded shore
targets behind the beaches.
At the end of January
Ingraham joined a fast carrier task force for strikes on the Japanese homeland.
Following repair at Saipan 20 February
she joined the invasion fleet off Iwo Jima 23 February
accurate call fire for the Marines ashore.
On 21 March the ship took up radar picket station in support of the Okinawa-Gunto operation. On 5 May
came under concerted air attack
and shot down four of the enemy planes before a fifth crashed the ship above
the waterline on the port side
its bomb exploding in the generator room. With only 1 gun operative
and with 51
Ingraham retired to Hunter's Point
After repairs she operated along the East Coast until 7 May 1946 when she departed for the atomic bomb
tests at Bikini (another example of the Navy's participation in technological development to strengthen
America). After the tests and overhaul Ingraham departed San Diego 24 February 1947 for the Far East. The
destroyer engaged in various exercises and in late June arrived Manila to act as official U.S. representative at
the Philippine Independence anniversary. She returned to San Diego 8 October 1947.
Ingraham operated along California until 4 April 1949 when she departed San Diego for Norfolk
April. She participated in training exercises in the Atlantic until 24 November 1950 when she departed Norfolk
for four months duty with the 6th Fleet. Communist aggression in Korea once against threatened the peace of
the world; and the U.S. Navy stood out as a symbol of strength to defeat this threat. She commenced exercises
in the Atlantic during the summer of 1951
then made another cruise to the Mediterranean during the fall of
1951 and summer of 1952.
Ingraham departed Norfolk 24 April 1953 to escort carrier Lake Champlain to Japan via the Mediterranean
and Suez Canal. She arrived Yokosuka 9 June and later that month joined the carrier task force providing air
support to our forces in Korea. Her accuracy was excellent as she destroyed gun emplacements and supply
areas. Following the truce
she operated on security patrol before returning to Norfolk 27 October. During 1954
the destroyer operated on hunter-killer operations
a cruise to South America
and NATO exercises out of
Northern Ireland. She resumed training operations following overhaul in June 1955 and sailed on a summer
training cruise to the Scandinavian countries
returning to Norfolk 6 September.
Ingraham departed Norfolk 28 July for duty with the 6th Fleet as trouble flared over the Suez Canal. The
presence of the fleet was felt and the crisis was resolved without a mayor conflict. She returned to Norfolk 4
December to begin a series of training cruises climaxed by a NATO exercise in September and October
The destroyer returned to 6th Fleet duty in February 1958 and operated on patrol and exercises in the
Mediterranean and the Red Sea. She returned to Norfolk
2 July prior to the Lebanon crisis in which the
6th Fleet played a major role in preserving the freedom of a small nation. Ingraham operated on the East Coast
until 13 February 1959
when she departed for another tour with the 6th Fleet
and a crisis over Berlin was
averted through our strong naval force. Departing the Mediterranean on 30 August
she returned to Portsmouth
7 September and began overhaul.
During 1960 she engaged in operations out of Mayport
before embarking on another cruise with the 6th
beginning late September. She resumed readiness training out of Mayport in March 1961
undergoing an extensive 8-month overhaul at Portsmouth. Ingraham arrived at her new homeport
23 February 1962
then engaged in fleet operations in the Atlantic and in the Caribbean. In September and
October she was assigned to the recovery area for the Project Mercury flight of "Sigma 7" and under more
somber conditions took part in the Cuban blockade which ended in the removal of Russian missiles from that
island. Once again this courageous ship helped participate in a series of crises resolved peacefully because
of America's overwhelming naval power.
She continued operations along the East Coast until 1 October 1963
when she sailed for another deployment
to the Mediterranean to strengthen our peace-keeping force in Europe.
Regular deployment with the Atlantic Fleet occupied Ingraham's time until 29 September 1965
departed Newport for the western Pacific
arriving 31 October at Yokosuka
for resupply before
operations in the South China Sea. Though acting as a part of the screen for the carrier Ticonderoga
she also fired support missions for ground troops ashore.
On 12 November
Ingraham steamed 10 miles up the Saigon River to bombard an enemy supply base
by the 13th
shelled a guerrilla assembly area some 300 miles from the site of her action the previous day.
In early December
the ship kept regular surveillance on a Russian submarine off Hainan Island
Gulf of Tonkin. Ingraham's presence with the fleet of Vietnam underscores the determination of Americans to
preserve the freedom of a small nation. From 1 January 1968 to 24 January
Ingraham operated with TF-T7 in
the South China Sea. She left for Newport 4 February by way of the Suez Canal.
Arriving 8 April off the East Coast
Ingraham began a repair and training period. From 14 June to 21 June she
participated in Operation "Beachtime
" an amphibious landing in the Caribbean. Ingraham spent 28 October
to 28 November preparing for service in the Mediterranean.
On 8 December she arrived at Gibraltar.
Ingraham received the Navy Unit Commendation for her action off Okinawa and four battle stars for service in
World War II. She earned a fifth battle star for service in Korea.
[Note: The above USS INGRAHAM (DD-694) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS INGRAHAM (DD-694) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]