Jul 29

USS Edson (DD-946) Update

Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:01 AM

Edson (DD-946) was launched 4 January 1958 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. M. A. Edson; and commissioned 7 November 1958.

 Our nation’s fleet of historic ships grows by one!

Tim Younkman of the Bay City Times writes, “The battle continues to bring the Vietnam-era destroyer USS Edson to the Bay City riverfront. Volunteers and maritime enthusiasts have worked for 13 years to secure a 20th century combat ship as a Bay City attraction. Their efforts paid off when the U.S. Navy granted ownership of the 56-year-old Edson, now in mothballs, to the Saginaw Valley Navel Ship Museum.”

Full article here.

For more about the namesake of the USS Edson, click here.

 
 
 
  • BJ Armstrong

    Really? “Navel ship museum?” Was that navalhistory.org’s typo or theirs?

  • Bart Palmer

    I really do like your site and enjoyed reading the blogs.
    I found some names of people I knew that were aboard the Edson in 1960-1963 but so far sending e-mails produced nothing they came back undeliverable. Makes me sad I really would like to see or hear from some of my shipmates. Gus Nunez was one, Santiago Trujillo was another?

  • http://ken_haukaas@yahoo.com Ken Haukaas

    This is good. I hope someday to visit her again. I lived on her from Feb. of 71 to March of 73. I was a supervisor in CIC during her eight deployment and I really think it was something to experience. I hope she is taken good care of.

  • Ken Haukaas

    If you look at the picture you will find the AN/SPS 70 which is the air search radar, just above it is the AN/SPS 10 which is the surface search radar. I don’t know the height up there but during the 8th deployment West Pac Cruise, we went through a Typhoon which a wave covered the ship and actually ripped the gears below this surface radar completely off. Got us a week in Subic Bay, wooo weeee. Ha!

  • Ed Bailey

    I was on board during in that Typhoon. We were cruising plane guard for the Constellation. I was a yeoman. LTJG Bundarin was our X.O. Thankfully I`ve never seen seas like that again. Sure would like to see the ships log around those dates. Please feel free to get in touch. Thanks

  • Ken Haukaas

    Bailey,
    It’s good that you remember. I remember it was about almost the end of watch, and it was bad, and that aint an understatement. We were in port and starboard. We logged a 47 degree roll on the clinometer. I was on surface radar watch. I had a seat belt on, so I wouldn’t roll out of my chair. Everybody had that watch, and we would spend about an hour on the SS radar. I was on that watch and we were in front of the carrier in these heavy seas, sea state 5+. It was so bad, and I questioned in the air and to the bridge. Why were we this typhoon in FRONT of the Carrier. I said in the clear so the carrier could hear my request. I was the supervisor in that moment in CIC and felt the whole ship was in peril.
    Fairbanks slid down these whole waves. And then another wave would cover up the whole ship. It was a typhoon!
    I made the request to come around and get in the wake of the carrier USS Constellation.
    About 10 minutes go by and the ship slides into one of these holes in the swales of the ocean while this typhoon swallows us. A wave covers the ship truly, and stops the ans/sps 10 in its tracks. I was johnny on the moment.
    I immediatlely spoke in the clear to the carrier that were blind and for their surface radar to call our position.
    They called our position every 15 seconds as requested and after about 3 minutes they approved our changed positian.
    It’s a go, and the bridge finally comes alive. Seas are violently heavy and when the ship turns, the ship takes a 47 degree roll to the left.

  • Sherrill Lee Swinney

    I was also in CIC during the typhoon, most everyone was seasick. Some, like myself, were to scared to be sick!

    On a different subject, I need to know if anyone else has developed heart problem from the time we spent just off the coast
    and having the planes that were dropping agent orange as they passed over us comming off the beach. Also would like to get a copy of the logs during that time,
    Thanks
    S Lee Swinney former OS1