Helm file photo [3887]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBagley-class Destroyer
Builder NameNorfolk Navy Yard
Laid Down25 Sep 1935
Launched27 May 1937
Commissioned16 Oct 1937
Decommissioned26 Jun 1946
Displacement1,500 tons standard; 2,325 tons full
Length342 feet
Beam36 feet
Draft12 feet
MachineryTwo propellers
Power Output49,000 SHP
Speed38 knots
Range6,500nm at 12 knots
Armament4x5in, 4x50cal, 12x21in torpedo tubes, 2 depth charge racks


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16 Oct 1937 Helm was commissioned into service.
26 Jun 1946 Helm was decommissioned from service.


Plan view, aft, of destroyer Helm, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942Plan view, forward, of destroyer Helm, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942Helm off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 26 Feb 1942

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Roger Settlemyer says:
21 Oct 2007 09:54:11 PM

My Father served on this ship during World War 2 1 Class Sonarman. He passed away in 1995.
2. Nyal Moninger says:
17 Nov 2009 08:24:37 PM

My father Fred Moninger served on the Helm. He was a torpedoman 2c. I would welcome any correspondence regarding this ship or crew.
3. Yvonne Giordano says:
15 Jul 2010 11:12:43 PM

My Father T.C. DuBose GMMC(went to be with the LORD 1987)always told us that the Helm was the ONLY ship underway during the Pearl Harbor attack but they could not use guns to return fire as the magazines were locked for "SECURITY". They could only rescue survivors.It always grieved him.
4. richard fletcher says:
31 Aug 2016 08:39:32 PM

I was told my father(Max Fletcher) may have been on the USS Helm. Looking for someone to verify the info. Please let me know if he was/wasn't, or Maybe there is somewhere I can go to find out. Thankyou, Richard
5. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
31 Aug 2016 09:13:28 PM

Richard Fletcher (above) Helm Muster Rolls list no Max Fletcher during WWII. There is a Williba Jerdon Fletcher who appears in the Muster Rolls several times from 1940-1942 but no other Fletchers (Muster Rolls only list enlisted men; officers are on a different list that I do not have access to). Your best bet is to request a copy of his service record (easier than it sounds). See: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/ww2-participation.pdf.
6. Pat Falterman says:
7 Dec 2016 07:45:57 AM

My dad Horace "Casey " Falterman was on the Helm for most of WWII including the attack at Pearl Harbor. I am looking for a link to the crew list of the Helm during that time. I was airborne as a Capt in the USAF flying tankers when the 911 Attack occurred.
7. Jim Wolff says:
28 Dec 2016 06:11:41 AM

My father (Jack (John) Wolff) served on the helm. I too am looking for a link to the crew list during the Helm's years of duty.
8. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Dec 2016 11:20:36 AM

Mr. Wolff (above): The crew list you are asking about is called the Muster Roll by the Navy. Complete Muster Rolls were compiled quarterly with Report of Changes completed sometimes as often as monthly. These rolls are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration who can provide you with paper copies upon request. The website Fold3.com has a nearly complete set of Muster Rolls scanned and available over the internet but this is a subscription site (they want money) and is a subsidiary site to Ancestry.com. My Fold3.com subscription costs me about $80 a year which is worth it for me. In checking the Helm’s Muster Rolls, I see that Jack (n) Wolff, service number 613 52 35, who enlisted 8 Sep 1943 in Cincinnati OH, reported aboard the Helm as a Seaman 1st-class on 21 May 1944 in Pearl Harbor. He is last mentioned in the Helm Muster Rolls in Jan 1946 when, as a Radioman 3rd-class, he was transferred off the ship on 27 Dec 1945 in San Diego. You may wish to request a copy of his Navy service record, which is easier than it sounds. See: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
9. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Dec 2016 11:35:23 AM

Mr. Falterman (#6 above): I am sorry I did not see your comment when it came in on 7 Dec. See my reply to Mr. Wolff (above) re: Muster Rolls. Horace Anthony Falterman, service number 274 59 46, who enlisted 14 Feb 1941 in New Orleans LA, was a Radarman aboard the Helm and appeared to get transferred on and off the ship at various times for training assignments. Interestingly, the Helm Muster Rolls also list a Clifford Paul Falterman, service number 274 40 76, who enlisted 14 Nov 1939 in New Orleans. A brother?
10. Jerry Stevens says:
22 Sep 2017 05:57:41 PM

I met a guy today at a retirement home in Greenville, South Carolina wearing a USS Helm hat. I asked him about it and he said he served on this ship. He's in his 90's and credible. I got here just Googling the ship name. I need to find out his last name. All I have is first name Pat.
11. Jerry Stevens says:
24 Sep 2017 09:46:00 AM

I saw him at Mass today at Haywood Estates in Greenville, SC. Machinist Second Class Patrick Charles Hucker. He served on the USS Helm from 1943-1946. http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.52714

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Plan view, aft, of destroyer Helm, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942
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