USS MANLEY (DD-940)
The third Manley (DD-940) was laid down 10 February 1955 by the Bath Iron Works Corp.
Maine; launched 12 April 1956; sponsored by Mrs. Arleigh A. Burke
wife of the Chief of Naval Operations; and commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard 1 February 1957
Comdr. William H. Rowan in command.
Manley departed Newport
11 April for shakedown in the Caribbean. On 7 June Manley got underway from San Juan
on a good will cruise that took her to Lisbon; Amsterdam; Kiel
Germany; and Copenhagen. She returned to the Boston Naval Shipyard 12 July tor repairs and alterations.
Manley departed Boston 22 August 1957 and sortied from Norfolk 3 September 1957 with an attack carrier strike force headed for the large scale NATO Fleet exercise "Strike Back." She arrived in Firth of Clyde
14 September and put to sea on the 17th in the screen of a carrier force conducting simulated battle practice and war tactics as it steamed off the coast of Norway and north of the Arctic Circle. She returned to Southampton on 30 September and reached Norfolk 24 October
escorting submarine Jallao (SS-368). She was assigned to DesDiv 41 and became the flagship of DesRon 4.
On 4 December 1957 Manley left Norfolk with Gearing (DD-710)
Robert H. McCard (DD-822) and Vogelgesang (DD-862)
bound for a tour with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. She practiced simulated antisubmarine warfare attacks with the ships while en route. She was diverted 11 December through heavy seas toward the Azores
where an aircraft had been reported down. At 0400
12 December she was hit by a tremendous wave Two of her men were killed and several injured as a large portion of the galley
and radar rooms were stove in and flooded. Enduring northwesterly gusts up to 80 knots
she battled through rain squalls and mountainous seas toward Portugal and reached Lisbon at night 13 December for emergency repairs and hospital treatment for her injured. She moved to Gibraltar on the 18th.
Manley underwent voyage repairs in the Royal Dockyard of Gibraltar until 4 January 1958
then headed via Bermuda for Norfolk where she arrived on the 15th. The destroyer entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 22 January where repairs were completed by 29 April 1968. She returned to Norfolk and resumed her role as the flagship of DesRon 4. On 6 June 1958 she sailed with her squadron for a combined Atlantic Fleet operation that included midshipmen training
visits to foreign ports
and implementation of the President's people-to-people program.
Manley reached Kiel
25 June 1958; arrived Copenhagen 10 July; departed on the 16th
escorting carrier Lake Champlain to Antwerp
and returned to Norfolk 2 October. She cleared that base 3 November with Intrepid (CVA-11) to Join the 2d Fleet in maneuvers off San Juan. She returned escorting Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during operations up the eastern seaboard to the Virginia Capes.
The first half of 1959 saw Manley at Key West
with the Surface Antisubmarine Development Detachment; for overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; and for exercises at Guantanamo Bay
Cuba. On 1 March DesRon 4's home port was changed from Norfolk to Charleston
s.c.; Manley first entered her new base 25 July. The squadron sailed 21 September for the Mediterranean and a 6th Fleet deployment that included antisubmarine exercises off Crete with British forces
air defense exercise "Long Haul" and ASW exercise "Boomerang" with French ships.
Manley got underway from Naples on 6 February 1960 for exercise "Big Deal II" with a task force built around aircraft carriers Saratoga and Essex. She departed Rota
31 March and reached Charleston 10 April 1960 for overhaul. She departed her home port 21 July for bombardment firing exercises off Culebra Island and on the 27th proceeded to station No. 5 on the Atlantic missile range for the test firing of a Mercury space capsule. However
on this occasion the missile malfunctioned and was destroyed off the Florida coast.
Manley returned to Charleston 1 August 1960 and departed 6 September for Wales. She reached Cardiff
3 October and sailed a week later conducting experimental antisubmarine warfare patrols and attack team exercises en route home
arriving Charleston 20 October 1960. Following operations along the coast and an overhaul
she operated off of Jacksonville
then sailed 8 March 1961 for Pollensa Bay
in the Mediterranean. She touched there 19 March
then joined Forrestal (CVA-59) at Beruit
Lebanon for fleet maneuvers. Manley left Rota
23 September and reached Charleston 5 October. After exercises along the Florida coast
she proceeded from Charleston to the troubled waters of the Dominican Republic. In company with two other destroyers
she rendezvoused with Franklin D. Roosevelt 22 November to become a part of task force patrolling waters south of Hispanola. The presence of Manley and other units of the task force did much to stabilize a situation which had threatened to plunge the country into bitter fighting to return an unpopular dictatorship. Manley returned to Charleston on 27 November.
Early in 1962 the destroyer spent a fortnight on Project Mercury station and a week later got underway to support Independence (CVA-62) in night operations in the North Atlantic. Twice within 3 days her crew rescued downed pilots at night. On each occasion swimmers defied high wind and dove into pitch black and near freezing waters to reach the endangered fliers.
She entered Charleston Naval Shipyard in April for overhaul; and
on 28 September
she headed for Guantanamo Bay and refresher training there she rescued a downed helicopter pilot from shark infested waters. In Cuban waters at the beginning of the Cuban missile crisis she spent most of October and November patrolling the waters near Guantanamo Bay
a part of the mighty naval force which persuaded the Soviet Union to withdraw its offensive missiles from the island. While returning home the destroyer rescued the three men of yacht Avian
adrift in the Atlantic.
Late in January 1963
Manley sailed to the Caribbean for operation "Springboard 1963." After ASW maneuvers with Essex (CVS-9)
joint Canadian American ASW exercises took her to Halifax
in the summer. In October Manley departed Charleston for the Mediterranean. During this deployment the commander of the 6th Fleet made the destroyer his flagship during a 3-day visit to Tunis. In December she transited the Suez Canal for duty under commander
Middle East Force helping to ease tension in that vital part of the world. On 13 January 1964 she evacuated 91 American citizens from revolution-torn Zanzibar. She continued to patrol this troubled area until returning to Charleston early in March 1964.
Manley entered drydock in Norfolk Naval Shipyard 17 April for repairs and in May resumed operations off the Atlantic coast.
The hard working destroyer got underway from Charleston for the Mediterranean 6 January 1965 and represented the United States during celebration of the 10th anniversary of CENTO in Iskenderum
Turkey 26 February. On the homeward voyage
during the midwatch 7 May
an alert Manley lookout spotted the collision of Kaskaskia (AO-27) and Liberian tanker SS World Bond near the island of St. Helena. Manley sped to aid the stricken tanker
rescued 23 passengers
and fought fires and flooding in a successful effort to save World Bond. She reached Charleston 7 June.
On 9 August Manley sailed for a recovery station for the space flight of Gemini V. After Lake Champlain recovered the capsule
Manley headed for the Canary Islands en route home
and arrived Charleston 11 September. She operated along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean for the next year preparing for combat duty in Southeast Asia.
The destroyer departed Charleston 5 October 1966
joined DesRon 20 at Guantanamo Bay
transited the Panama Canal
and set course for Hawaii. The squadron reached Pearl Harbor on the 25th and 6 days later pushed on to Japan arriving Yokosuka 10 November. On the 14th she sailed via Buckner Bay for Vietnam. En route
on 17 November
she assisted the seriously ill captain of the Greek merchant ship
On 21 November Manley relieved Hull (DD-945) in Da Nang as a unit of TU 70.8.9
a gunfire support group of the 7th Fleet.
Manley provided extensive and valuable support fire until on 7 December
a powder case ignited in the breech of one of her guns before being fully rammed. The resulting fire and explosion set the mount afire and endangered the magazines. Prompt and skillful damage control stuffed out the blaze before more damage occurred. The casualties were evacuated by helicopter after being treated on board
and the destroyer steamed to Da Nang to disembark Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington who was visiting the ship when the accident occurred.
After repairs at Subic Bay
Manley got underway 19 December and joined Enterprise (CVAN-65) and Bainbridge (DLGN-25) in the Gulf of Tonkin. She operated with these ships until assigned to TG 77.4 on the 30th for ASW work with Bennington (CVS-20). Early in 1967 she resumed gunfire support duty and continued her outstanding efforts to help repel Communist aggression in Southeast Asia until relieved 22 March. She then headed home through the Straits of Molucca
the Indian Ocean
the Suez Canal
and the Straits of Gibraltar
arriving at Charleston 9 May.
Her stay at home was short
for Manley departed Charleston again on 29 September. Sailing via the Panama Canal
and Guam she once again took up station off of South Vietnam Again concentrating her efforts on naval gunfire support
she completed her tour and sailed back to the east coast and Charleston
arriving 10 June.
With a brief voyage to the North Sea area in fall 1968
Manley continues operations out of her home port into 1969
[Note: The above USS MANLEY (DD-940) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MANLEY (DD-940) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]