HAYLER DD 997

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Spruance Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 20 October 1980 - Launched 6 February 1982
    Christened 27 March 1982

  1. USS HAYLER DD-997
    Commissioned 5 March 1983 - Decommissioned 25 August 2003

    Stricken 6 April 2004
    Sunk as target 13 November 2004 (SINKEX 2004)
HAYLER DD997 Crest.jpg


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Hayler DD-997 Covers Page 1    (1983-2003)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
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Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)
(D2,USS)

1983-03-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830305 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830305 2 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)
(D2,USS)

1983-03-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830305 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830305 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)

1983-05-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 1 Front.jpg

Welcome to the Fleet, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)

1986-06-13

JonBurdett hayler dd997 19860613 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hayler dd997 19860613.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)
("HOYLER")

1983-05-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 1 Front.jpg

Welcome to the Fleet, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1983-05-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 1 Front.jpg

Welcome to the Fleet, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1986-06-13

JonBurdett hayler dd997 19860613 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett hayler dd997 19860613.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)
("HOYLER")

1983-05-05

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 19830505 1 Front.jpg

Welcome to the Fleet, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type F

2003-08-08

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030808 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030808 1 Front.jpg

Deactivation Ceremony, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)
(D2,USS)

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 5 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)
(D2,USS)

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 9 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 9 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type LDC F

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 5 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 5 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type LDC F

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 2 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type LDC F

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 8 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 8 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Dan Goodwin



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Fleet Week
NYC 2002 Station"

Staten Island, NY

2002-05-22

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20020522 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20020522 1 Front.jpg

Fleet Week 2002, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Decommissioning Station"

Portsmouth, VA

2003-08-25

GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hayler DD997 20030825 3 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Robert Ward Hayler, USN (7 June 1891 – 17 November 1980)
Born in Sandusky, Ohio, raised in Muncie, Indiana and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1914. Hayler's first ship was the battleship USS Georgia BB-15 which he joined during the campaign at Veracruz, Mexico. During World War I, he was aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma BB-37 based in Scapa Flow with the British Grand Fleet. He was then ordered to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston as a student in ordnance engineering. Following MIT, he commanded the San Diego-based destroyers USS Howard DD-179 and USS Melvin DD-335, and served three tours at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island.
At the outbreak of World War II, then Captain Hayler was in command of the newly reopened Torpedo Station at Alexandria, VA. In June 1942, he was ordered to sea in command of the cruiser USS Honolulu CL-48, for his actions between 1942-1943, he earned two awards of the Navy Cross and a Silver Star. In March 1944, Captain Hayler was promoted to Rear admiral, and given command of Cruiser Division TWELVE (USS Montpelier, USS Denver, USS Columbia, and USS Cleveland). Between March 1944-December 1944, VADM Hayler earned another Navy Cross and two Legion of Merit medals.
In December 1944, he was transferred to the Navy Department in Washington where he was a member of the General Board. In 1948 Admiral Hayler was ordered to Charleston, SC, as Commandant, SIXTH Naval District. He was retired in 1951, but remained on active duty as President, Permanent General Court-Martial, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL, until 1953. He was permanently retired with the rank of Vice Admiral by virtue of his combat decorations.
VADM Hayler earned the Navy Cross with two Gold Stars, the Silver Star Medal, the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star, the Bronze Star Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Mexican Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during his career.

The ships sponsor was Nicole Hayler, the granddaughter of Admiral Robert Hayler.

 


 

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