HELLO AND WELCOME ABOARD THE U.S.S. HYMAN SNIPE WEB SITE.  The site was created to provide photos and information about the U.S.S. Hyman (DD732), and the Hyman Snipes that operated the ship’s boilers and main propulsion engines between the day it was first launched in 1944, to its decommissioning in 1969.

I am hopeful that the site will help some of us old snipes re-connect with old shipmates from the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.   The site is just getting started, and there is still a lot of work remaining to be done.  Currently, most of the snipe photos on the web site were taken in the 1950’s, but I hope to get some soon from the 60’s, and maybe a few from the 40’s.  If you don’t find what you are looking for today, come back in a week or two and check again, or, you may want to try one of the other Hyman website links that are listed on the “Links to Other Hyman Web Sites” page.

If you have photos that were taken on the ship, on liberty with shipmates, or an interesting sea story to tell other Hyman Snipes, send it to:  USSHYMANSNIPES@AOL.COM and I will post it on the site.  Also, if you find an incorrect name, spelling error, or any other incorrect information on the site, please email me at the address above so I can correct it.

All photos, stories and other Hyman information that is sent to the site will be posted under “RECENT POSTS” in the right hand column of each page.  Just click on the post to read it.  Single click photos to enlarge.

Enjoy the site, and come back often to check for new additions.  Thanks.  Junior                        I  ANSWER  ALL  EMAIL  LETTERS


13 Responses to HOME

  1. jim donaldson says:

    Hi Junior , Thanks for the great effort! I will dig up up some long forgotten stuff and forward them. JimDuck

  2. JOHN P. KOWALL says:

    Hi Junior,

    I have some photo’s but no equipment to scan them. If you can scan them I send them to you, just need your address.


  3. JUNIOR says:

    Hi John,
    We can really use those photos on the site. My address is 16221 Burning Tree Drive, Llano, California 93544. Thanks. Junior

  4. Santo Lombardozzi says:

    I remember those hot days in the after engine room especially in hot climates. What I wouldn’t give to hear Chief Dudley Roar again. And heavy seas, boy was I always sick. And to see all the guys. Junior, we should arrange a re-union someehere convenient to all.. Happy Easter. By the way where the hell is Ray Easter
    Stay Well.

    • JUNIOR says:

      Hi Santo,
      I agree wholeheartedly, Chief Dudley was an excellent chief. Regarding sea sickness, I was fortunate in only experiencing it once. On a short trip from Newport to Fall River. I think I may have had too much to drink the night before. We still haven’t found Easter yet. I hope he’s still amongst the living. The only Hyman reunion that I’m aware of is the one at Branson, Mo. Sept. 9th – 16th. I don’t think a ‘Snipes” reunion would work, everyone is too old and too far apart. For example, you live in New York (I think) and I live in California. Don’t foget to look for those photos so we can post them to the site. Later. Junior

  5. F.J. Blanchard SFM3 says:

    Dose anyone remember when President Kenndy showed up at pier #1 at New Port RI., on Sunday morning summer of 1961. Hyman was outboard in a nest of four, I was on the main deck aft when all hell broke out as they spotted that it was the Presidental Yacht with the First Family. I recalled the smile on his face as the 1MC’s lit up on all the ships in the harbor. What a gas, and, what man he was!

  6. Ron Stark says:

    Hello Junior, My dad has several photos while serving on the Hyman during 50 and 51. I’m planning a trip to see him in early Nov after my return home from Iraq. I’ll have some pictures to add and I’ll hit him up for some stories. I remember him telling a story about Art Horner throwing my Dad overboard as a bet and another story about kissing a greased belly (?) Do we really want to know? LOL. Ronald Stark Jr. USAF.

    • JUNIOR says:

      Hi Ron,

      Glad to read that you’re coming home from Iraq next month. Your Dad’s story about kissing the greased belly is in reference to the ship’s “Crossing the Line” ceremony. Traditionally, ship’s that cross the equator celebrate the occasion by “punishing” those sailors on the ship who have never crossed the equator. The guys that have crossed it before are referred to as “shellbacks.” Those who haven’t are called “pollywogs.” I crossed the line in 1957, and the photos I took of the proceedings are on the “Xing “The Line” page on the site. (Lower right-hand corner in the black section under the ship’s photo.) There is a photo showing some poor pollywog kissing the “baby’s” greasy belly. (The baby is King Neptune’s baby.) Here’s the link, but if it doesn’t work, just go to the site and click on “Xing The Line.” https://usshymandd732snipes.wordpress.com/1957-crossing-the-line-ceremonies/

      Thanks for serving your country in Iraq. Cheers. “Junior”

  7. michael dougherty says:

    My father served during ww2 on the Hyman. Howard J. DOUGHERTY. I have some photos that I will send later.

  8. Thomas Hall SM 2/c says:

    September 11th, quite a day. World Trade Center knocked down. My birthday. We received Jap surrender of Ponape in 1945. Lucky the war was over and no worry about the Japs on the island waiting for repatriation to Japan. We were stuck in that torrid zone from first week in September until Xmas day. Hot, hot, hot. No air conditioning in those days, Those sleeping compartments were steam baths.

    Remember Xmas eve. The offices including Captain Foley were over on the beach at a small officer club they had constructed. Back on the ship some enterprising soul broke into the decodding room and we appropriated many jugs of Southern Comfort. In the meantime we broke out some Very pistols and shells and lit up the sky while sounding the ships whistle. The Officer of the Deck, a lowly Ensign was frantic. Johnny Tapp SM 1/c and I still had two jugs of the booze when we arrived in Yokosuka, Japan in early January 1946. We sold them to some guys on the tender to which we were moored and had a good time in Tokyo enjoying the wars spoils. Ah! Those were the days. I enlisted sin 1942 and served until 1946 in the Mediterranen participating in the invasion of Sicily, three N Atlantic convoy patrols (horrible) and then invasions at Iwo Jima and Okinawa aboard the Hyman DD 732 . It was seventy years ago when on September 10th I was sworn in and started boot camp at Newport, R.I. I remember Company 533 at Coddington Point, Newport. I was in boot camp twenty days and then spent 16 weeks at Butler U., Indianapolis at the USNTS (signals). I graduated sixth in a graduating class of 194 and was promoted to SM 3/c. I was the youngest petty officer in the U.S.Navy at 16. I had enlisted posing as an older brother. I served three years in the U S Army after leaving the navy and was stationed in Austria for two years. Great duty. Now 86 and veteran of almost two thousand skydives I am ready to take it easy. Oh, by the way I entered Syracuse University at 54 yrs of age and graduated at 57, quite an accomplishment seeing as I didn’t go to high school after the 9th grade.


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