"Each April the USS Augusta would make a 'speed run' from the Philippines to Shanghai with Desron Five trailing her. On 14 Apr 1936 the "Augy" made her start on the evening of that day. As usual, Desron five trailed after. It was late that evening that a collision between the Smith Thompson and the Whipple occurred. I was an RM3c on the Bulmer when this occurred. I was later, after a session at Cnacao hospital, transferred to the Whipple. The ship had jokingly been named 'Smith Whipple.'" --R.C. Wohosky (email@example.com)
Taken from deck of Whipple. After attack by Japanese aircraft in the Indian Ocean south of Java, abandoned 27 Feb 1942. Survivors were taken aboard Edsall and Whipple and then transferred to the tanker Pecos. Edsall and Pecos were sunk 1 Mar by Japs.
Whipple returned from Australian waters via Pearl Harbor, arriving off the Golden Gate on Jun 18, 1942. At Mare Island, topside weight was cut down as 20-mm antiaircraft guns replaced two banks of torpedo tubes.
WHIPPLE alongside ALDEN, Mare Island Naval Shipyard - Aug 1942
Modified for Convoy Duty, Aug 1942, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This remained her wartime configuration as submarine hunter and convoy escort until conversion to high-speed target vessel, July 1945.
Photo of DD-217's original Ship's Bell was taken by Shipmate Roland Isabelle about 1986, while being proudly displayed at the former U.S. Naval Construction Battalion "Seabee" Base at Davisville, RI. When the "Seebee" Base was torn down in 1994, the Bell was moved to the storage facility at the U.S. Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC. Submitted by Harvey Westfall
I served as a RM on Whipple (III) during 1974 & '75, while commanded by R.D. Milligan. During July of 2001, while on a business layover en route to Guam, I went out to Pearl Harbor to visit the USS Missouri. During conversation with the tour guide, my past service aboard Whipple was mentioned, and the tour guide said the 1062 was still at Pearl, and had in fact been used in the movie "Pearl Harbor". - I was shocked, as I was under the impression she had gone into the lend-lease program years ago.
It turns out that at least at that time, Whipple was in fact "mothballed" there. She had been towed to the filming area, and is posed in several of the battle scenes during the movie. - So when I returned home we promptly rented the movie. It was a thrill to pick out my former home on film!
I pointed out to my wife that it wasn't the ship's first time on camera, that prior to my serving on Whipple, the ship was in an episode of "Hawaii Five-O". Of course I had to tell her about our playing the TV show's theme song during unrep's, etc.
Anyway, after the tour I drove around to the north side of the harbor, and sure enough there she was, still looking dignified in the company of other former warriors. The Engineering Excellence "E" first painted on the mac while I was on board, was still visible along with a hashmark for a subsequent award. I really enjoyed seeing her in person, even though I couldn't get aboard. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that unlike many of her Knox class sister ships, she was still around. That's been almost two years ago, and I have no idea whether 1062 still survives......I hope so.
--Paul Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), Springfield, Oregon, USS WHIPPLE, 1974-75