Leo P. Helling S1/c

1928 – 2019 Hadley shipmate Leo Helling was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He joined the Hadley crew in 1944 at the age of 18. His shipmate buddies included Don Hile, Ralph Fuhr, Vernon Frank and the gun crew of the quad 40mm portside mount. “From day one on the Hadley the the 43 mount was my battle …

Ken Meyer commissions Hadley model

In honor of GM3/c Barton W. Webb, his grandson, Ken Meyer has commissioned a model of the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774). The recently completed model is now proudly dispayed in Meyers office.   Webb was on one of the guns that was hit by a kamikaze on 11 May 1945. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. (double click …

Hadley shipmate Leo Polek passed away

Hadley shipmate Leo J. Polek GM3/c passed away in 2016. He was 93. He is survived by his wife, Tina who is living in Massapequa Park, NY. Leo served in the Navy and Coast Guard from 1942 to 1962 and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. In an interview for the book Kamikaze Destroyer, Leo gave the following narrative.  Leo …

New Hadley stories in “Kamikaze Terror”

New details about the USS Hadley and stories about doznes of other ships and crews are revealed in this companion book. The photos were provided by the Vernon Frank family. Click on the headline to read more and see photos of Hadley crewmembers.  L-R: Vernon Frank, Leo “Dutch” Helling, Bill Tindell, and Ed Fryor  

Shipmate Dell Hall honored in Aberdeen SD

STARS AMD STRIPES By Katherine Grandstrand | The American News (Tribune News Service) | Published: September 7, 2016 Dell Burt Hall knew Wednesday’s veterans’ coffee at the Aberdeen Area Senior Center in Aberdeen, S.D. would feature a short film about the 1945 South Pacific battle in which he fought. He didn’t know the day would be about him. “It just …

Shipmate Victor Woodruff takes final voyage

  Victor Woodruff passed away in October of 2015. He was 89, married to his second wife Erma, of 22 years. She  sent his obituary and a nice note to notify his Hadley shipmates, family and friends. Erma wrote… “He was always proud of his ship…I have a framed photo of him on the wall from the one year that …

Doug Aitken awarded Quilt of Valor

This   “Quilt of Valor” was presented to Doug Aitken at a dinner preceding the regular November monthly  Masonic Meetiing at his Lodge.   It was made by a member of the Amador Valley Quilters #2 of Pleasanton, CA.  The affair was a COMPLETE surprise to him.  At the last minute he was asked to wear his uniform as there …

Loving tribute to A.W. Hodde, Jr.

This newspaper tribute was published recently in the Banner-Press, in Brenham, Texas. Hodde’s wife, Virginia submitted the clipping to the Jeff Veesenmeyer, author of Kamikaze Destroyer.  She wrote… “We have your book and all of our kids have read it. They put this notice in our local paper.” Hodde was the gun captain on the portside 40mm gun. He was …

USS Hadley featured in Tin Can Sailors newsletter

The Tin Can Sailors Association featured “Kamikaze Destroyer” with a 3 page cover article in their July/Aug newsletter. That’s Lt. Patrick MCGann above the scoreboard on USS Hadley’s bridge. This photo appears on Page 213 in the book. McGann was awarded the the Navy Cross for his record setting gunnery display. The article includes excerpts from the book.