U.S. NAVAL AMMUNITION DEPOT

HAWTHORNE, NEVADA

THE CREW

 

 


[DD-06] Navy Barracks 1952 - Pirlot, Goetting, Taylor, Massie

 


[DD-19]  Navy Barracks 1952
Ross, Longley, Nicosia, Baccadutre, Hawk

 


[DD-20]  Navy Barracks 1951
Hancock, Pearson, Guyton

 


[DD-21]  Moving into Navy Barracks - 1951
Sitterding & Jerry Wright

 


[DD-22]  Ziegler testing newly finished sidewalk - 1951
 


[DD-23]  Grey, Sacks, Tresley, Ferguson - 1951

 


[DD-24]  J-11-D-6 Unit - Top: John Guyton, Red Walthree, Gean Doyle, Ripley, Don DeCrona,
 Don McGrew, Ray Cobis, Crumpacker, Don Pearson, UNK. Middle: Don Polland, UNK, Warren,
 MNC E. J. Milanowski, WO Putnam, MNC Delos Bailey, Bob Chambles, Polhamus,  Jerry
 Wells Bottom: Tresley, John Petitfilis, Barrett, Davis. Missing: Bill Roberts and Bill Brosnahan.
 To my knowledge the Hawthorne Unit was the only J-11-D unit activated during the Korean Incident.
  CWO (MNC) Bob Lattanzi told me that the unit was later deployed for the support of the Atomic Bomb testing in the Pacific 

 


[DD-25]  Phillippi, Cobis, Thorstenson - 1952

 


[DD-26]  MN2 Bill Cherry - 1952

 


[DD-27]  Polhamus, Jennings, Miller, Massie, Mack - 1952

 


 [DD-28]  Polhamus, Davis 1951

 


  [DD-29]  'Chick' Hawley, Sitterding, Brewer, Sacks, Grey, Tresley 1951

 


  [DD-30]  Class C School - Unk, Buck Fowler, Bill Roberts, Gean Doyle, Barrett, Ripley, Gilmore, Bill Marshall, Don Pearson, UNK, UNK, Nicoscia, UNK, Lt. Maxwell. As for the curriculum, they taught all accessories, firing mechanisms, (no assembly) and of course Bill Marshall's favorite, electricity/electronics. They didn't have more than four or five classes before most of the instructors were shipped out, I don't know if they continued with the school or not after that. Bill Roberts knows a service record entry was made for those who attended the "C" school course of study.

 


  [DD-31]  MN2 Jerry Wright. This picture was taken when he was a GM with a Mineman designator and at a time when we still had the right arm rates. Right Arm Rates were established in 1841 and disestablished 2 April 1949, originally signified men of the Seaman branch. During WWII these rates included Boatswains Mate, Turret Captain, Signalman, Gunners Mate, Fire Controlman, Quartermaster, Mineman, and Torpedomans Mate. Other ratings wore rates on the left sleeve.

 


  [DD-32]  Hawthorne Club - a military hang-out
 


[DD-33]  Marine Corps Birthday Party, Hawthorne
MNC John and Alberta Dickison, Workman, Phillippi, UNK, Bill Savoy, UNK, David Massie, TM2 UNK, Ray Cobis, Don McGrew, Bob Reiser, Sanders, UNK, Baccadutre, UNK, Graham, Jennings, YNSN UNK, Mr. & Mrs. He was head of the torpedo shop and was a retired TM.

 


[DD-34]  Log Cabin 4/1952
Monroe, Pollow, Graham, Massie, B. Pierce, Sacks, Ray Cobis,
 Ripley, McGrew, Workman, Hawley, Warren, Waterman

 


[DD-35]  Hawthorne Club 4/53 - Baccadutre, Don McGrew,
Eve (married Don McGrew),  John Warren, David Massie

 


[DD-36]  Virginia City - August, 1952
 Phillippi, Ray Cobis, David Massie

 


[DD-37]  Mountain Trip - 1952
Cobis, Massie, Goetting, Baccadutre, Gilmore

 


[DD-38]  Mountain Trip - 1952
Thorstenson & Allen

 


[DD-39]  Mountain Trip - 1952
Allen

 


[DD-40]  Mountain Trip - 1952
Thorstenson & DeCrona


For helping to preserve the heritage and history of Hawthorne NAD and the folks who proudly served a grateful nation, LCDR Donald A. DeCrona, USN (Ret.) is awarded this plaque bearing the emblem of the distinguished duty station and facility that played an important part in the military history of the United States of America during two wars.

 


Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot - an addenda

Somewhere in the deserts of Nevada a small Navy detachment, several hundred miles from any ocean, maintains 30 percent of the United State's inventory of underwater mines. Though the desert seems a rather unlikely place for the Navy, Hawthorne is ideal for this NUWES detachment.

Hawthorne was a prosperous mining town when it was all but wiped off the map by a major fire in 1926. Ironically, another devastating fire that same week in another part of the country brought renewed hope to the charred town. This other fire destroyed a multimillion dollar Naval ammunition depot in New Jersey. Hawthorne was chosen to take its place because of its arid climate, its close proximity to the West Coast's Pacific Fleet, and its ability to expand if necessary.

Covering 237 square miles, the new Naval Ammunition Depot (NAD) Hawthorne was commissioned on September 15, 1930 and provided storage and service for ammunition until 1976 when its responsibilities were turned over to the U.S. Army.

Functions involving underwater ordnance were excluded from the charter of the new Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant. NTS' parent command, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), was charged with providing an organization to administer these functions. NAVSEA turned the job over to NTS, which was the sole NAVSEA field activity in the Western U.S. to have an underwater weapon and mine workload. NTS soon changed its name to Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station to reflect its newly diversified mission.

Today, the Detachment handles the storage, maintenance, assembly, overhaul, and repair for various mines and torpedo programs for the Fleet.

Courtesy of Historic Naval Ships Association.


[all photos courtesy of Don DeCrona]

 
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