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To All Hammerin' Hank Veterans; my name is Jim "Heavy" Hoey and I was onboard the USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) from February 1974 to August 1977 and made both the 1975 and 1976 Westpac's.  I was "on-watch" in Combat Information Center (CIC) assigned as the ships Air Search Operator for Operations Eagle Pull, Frequent Wind and the Rescue and Recovery of the SS Mayaguez and crew.  I went on to serve 26 years in the Navy, and 14 years working for the Department of the Navy (DON) at SPAWAR San Diego, CA.  I just recently launched a new Disabled Veteran owned business called Faith-Freedom found at: https://faithfreedomco.org

My Mission: To employ Disabled Veterans to help them improve their lives! 

My Goal: The better I do, the more disabled veterans I can help and gives jobs to.  

Pay Forward:  I plan to annually donate a percentage of what my business earns to the veteran's organizations I'm currently a Life Member of which include; The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)  and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).  In addition to The USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) Association, and the Koh Tang SS Mayaguez Veterans Organization.  

Thank you for your support! Jim "Heavy" Hoey 

Post Card sent in from Jim Hoey

New entries from Jim Hoey

Commanding Officers Plaque sent in from Captain Glenn Berree the last Captain. 
It was on the inside of Captain's Cabin Door, with all the Captains listed over the years.


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Side Launch BAY CITY, MI

time: 1250 - date: 22 April 1959 First DDG hits the water

At the moment of the breaking of her commissioning pennant, the USS H. B. Wilson DDG-7
became the responsibility of Captain L. D. Caney (ret) who, together with the ships company,
then had the duty of making and keeping her constantly ready for any service
demanded by our Country in peace or war.

Plank Captain Lawrence D. Caney - Passed Away - 20 November 2009

Plank XO Vice Admiral John "Jack" Shanahan, Jr., 3 February 1923 - 10 September 2013

Commissioned 17 December 1960

Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston Massachusetts


2nd Commander D. C. Redgrave
3rd Commander W. C. Harris
4th Commander E. L. West
5th Commander Edward M. Cocke
6th Commander Eugene I. Finke
7th Commander Henry C. Mustin
8th Commander Charles G. Farnham
9th Commander Robert L. Jensen
10th Commander J. Michael Rodgers
11th Commander R. T. S. Keith, Jr.
12th Commander Eugene S. Dvornick
13th Commander William J. Hill
14th Commander C. van der Schroef
15th Commander John T. Gilmartin
16th Commander Thomas H. Berns
17th Commander N. Glen Berree
18th Commander David L. Johnson

Decommissioned 2 October 1989




















 To hear Theme Song, "Magnificent Seven" Open this home page with Internet Explorer
or click link Magnificent Seven

A link to Captain Caney's  -  his fathers favorite's from WW I era

Lyric by J. Will Callahan, 1874-1946
Music by Lee S. Roberts, 1884-1949
Published 1917:  Jerome H. Remick & Co, New York


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