Welcome aboard the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD774) Memorial Website

aka “The Champion Kamikaze Killer”

On 11 May 1945 the destroyer USS Hugh W. Hadley made naval history. During a 95 minute air/sea battle at Okinawa, the Hadley shot down 23 kamikazes, endured 5 hits from planes and bombs, and suffered 151 casualties. Thirty shipmates were killed in action.

The 23 planes shot down by the Hadley remains as an all-time naval record for a single engagement. The ship and crew was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, 121 Purple Hearts and 20 other individual medals.

This website will take you on the 385 day voyage of the Hadley…from the San Pedro, CA shipyards, to Okinawa, and then on a 6,100 mile tow back to San Francisco. It includes details of Hadley reunions and biographies for many of the shipmates.

The Hadley website was first created by shipmate and webmaster Robert I. Eaton in 1996. Eaton set sail on his final cruise in April of 2010. This new site has been designed by Three Cycle Media. Bob Eaton’s content has been migrated from the old website to this new modern, SEO friendly site that is fully optimized for mobile interactivity.

Click on 3-LINE MENU ICON (Hamburger) upper right of this page to access side menus of 30 more pages

Click on CATEGORIES for Hadley Photo Archives

Click on MISCELLANEY for Videos & Links

Jeff Veesenmeyer, great nephew of shipmate Louis J. Veesenmeyer has taken over the webmaster duties. Jeff would welcome any help/suggestions  with WordPress. Future updates to the site should be directed to [email protected].

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NEW companion book with more Hadley/Okinawa stories      (click HADLEY BOOKS)