USS Duncan (DDR - 874)

" Galloping Ghost of the Korean Coast ".

USS Duncan {Western Pacific Cruise - 1970}

Duncan's Cruise into History!
Her final voyage

DUNCAN CO Commander Robert Lake Turnage

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"Late in June word was received that shortly after our return, DUNCAN would be inactivated and kept in a place of rest in the reserve fleet alongside so many other famous greyhounds of the seas."

Commander Turnage, of Grenada, Mississippi, graduated with the Naval Academy class of 1952. He spent his first sea tour with USS Meredith (DD-890) as Gunnery Officer. In October, 1959 he reported to the Pre-commissioning detail USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) and upon it's commissioning completed a two year tour as Gunnery Officer and later as Assistant Engineering Officer. Commander Turnage attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey from July 1956 to July 1958, earning a BS degree in Engineering Electronics upon graduation. He returned to sea that year as Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Princeton (CVA 37) and LPH 5). In 1960 he was ordered to Newport, Rhode Island on the staff of COMDESDEVGRU2 in the triple position of Squadron Operations, Engineering and Project Officer. Prior to reporting aboard USS Leahy (DLG 16) in December, 1962 as Weapons Officer, Commander Turnage attended the Navy Guided Missile School, Dam Neck, Virginia during the fall of that year. From Leahy he was ordered to the Pre-commissioning detail USS Worden (DLG 18) in February 1963 and became weapons officer on that ship until July 1964 when he was selected to attend the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduation from AFSC, Commander Turnage was ordered to USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7) homeported in San Diego, as Executive Officer, remaining there until early 1966.
From March 1966 until September 1969, Commander Turnage was assigned to the US Naval Ordinance Systems Command in Washington, D.C. After his tour in Washington, D.C. Commander Turnage assumed command of USS Duncan (DDR 874) on 12 December 1969. Upon Duncan's de-commissioning, Commander Turnage reported to USS Chicago (CG 11) as Executive Officer.
Commander Turnage holds a Masters Degree in financial management from George Washington University. He is married to the former Rebecca Johnson of Winona, Mississippi. They have two sons, Edwin and Jeffrey and a daughter Terry. The Turnage family resides in San Diego, California.

Lieutenant Commander Charles F. Ake. USN XO, USS Duncan

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Upon receiving his commission in October, 1956, Lieutenant Commander Ake received orders to teh USS Teaberry (AN-34) at San Francisco where he served as Engineer Officer and later as Executive Officer until July, 1959. After six months duty at CIC Officer's School, Glynco, Ga., Lieutenant Commander Ake reported to the USS Dupont (DD-941) in January 1960, at Norfolk, VA. for duty as Operations Officer. In March 1962, Lieutenant Commander Ake was ordered ashore to instructor duty at Navy OCS, Newport, R.I., serving there until April, 1964. He was next ordered to the Staff, Destroyer Squadron 20 in Newport for duty as Squadron Operations Officer. Lieutenant Commander Ake returned ashore in April 1966 as ASW Officer on the Staff, Commander Training Commands, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in Norfolk.
In April 1967 he reported to the Staff of General Westmoreland at Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command in Saigon. His primary staff responsibility at MACV concerned the coordination and distribution of all naval gunfire support assets throughout South Vietnam. Following his duty, Lieutenant Commander Ake reported on board Duncan in May 1968. Lieutenant Commander Ake now lives with his wife, the former Nancielu Inman of Muskegon, Michigan, and three sons in Chula Vista, California.

Mid-Cruise Executive Officer relief by ...

Lieutenant Commander John A. Carbone, USN XO USS Duncan

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Lieutenant Commander Carbone was graduated from Fairmont State College, Fairmont, West Virginia, class of 1959 after attending Texas A&M University. After being commissioned Ensign at the Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in November 1959, he spent his first sea tour aboard the Destroyer, USS Soley (DD 707) as Electronics and Combat Information Center Officer. In September 1962, he reported to the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia for duty as an instructor in Anti-Air Warfare Tactics. From November 1963 to April 1965, Lieutenant Commander Carbone served as Executive Officer of the Ocean Minesweeper, USS Stalwart (MSO 493)
Lieutenant Commander Carbone attended U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California from July 1965 to August 1965, earning a Master of Science degree in Personnel Management. He returned to sea that year as Operations Officer of the Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Semmes (DDG 18). In March 1968, he was ordered to Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C., for duty where he served as project officer for Centralized Detailing of Enlisted Personnel. In April of 1970, Lieutenant Commander Carbone reported to USS Duncan (DD 874), homeported in San Diego as Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Commander Carbone is married to the former Lois Simons of Fairmont, West Virginia. The couple have a daughter Lisa and a son John Jr.


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Officers shown in Left Annimated Photos in order of appearance: LT R.S. Beckett, Chief Engineer; LT(jg) R.C. Austin, Main Propulsion Assistant; LT(jg) S.B. Gabriel, Damage Control Assistant.
Officers shown in Right Annimated Photos in order of appearance: LT R.D. Synder, Operations Officer; LT(jg) W.F. Pierce, CIC Officer; LT(jg) D. V. Edling, Communications Officer.

The Master Chief.

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Budda to all enlisted men and the man Duncan Officers learn to heed!


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Cruise Imagery!

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USS Duncan transiting the Sea of Japan, Sept. 1970

I was 1st Lt aboard the USS Coontz (DLG-9) home ported in San Diego. The photos were taken in September 1970 in the Sea of Japan. The weather really wasn't that stormy but the swells were deep and timed to cause the destroyers with us to be roughly handled. I knew what you guys were going through as my first ship was an un-FRAMed DD (USS Preston DD-795.) Eventually we formed column with Duncan and the other DD with us following in our wake which made the ride much easier (Coontz was almost a light cruiser and had a beautiful upswept bow that knifed through these swells). I've also included a nice shot of Duncan during a refueling stop at Midway island. These photos were originally 35mm color slides that I have scanned at as high a resolution as was practical. I hope you and your fellow Duncan shipmates enjoy them and have fun showing the grandkids what it was like to be a destroyer man back in the day. - Tom Holliday

The Duncan is shown here moored at Midway Island in September 1970.

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