Christening and Launch was 16 July 1944 at Bethlehem Street, Terminal Island, San Pedro, California. Christening the Hadley is Marian Hadley, widow of Hugh W. Hadley who was killed at Guadalcanal. 

Mrs. Hadley


Sponsor with champagne in her eyes.

Hadley slides down the ways.


Hadley afloat before outfitting topside ordinance, gun mounts and fire control directors.


Commissioning Day 25 November 1944, was by invitation only, unless a crew member. for them it was mandatory.


Commissiiong ceremony was a dress blue day.


Mrs. Hadley, cneter and L.C. Chamberlain (CDR), Hadley’s first Captain.


CDR Chamberlain, Marion Hadley and unknown officer.