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USS WALLACE L. LIND (DD-703)


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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TIDAL WAVE

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. February 14 1944.
Launched June 14 1944 and commissioned September 8 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade July 1962.
Decommissioned December 4 1973.
Stricken December 4 1973.
To South Korea December 4 1973, renamed Dae Gu.
Fate Stricken in 1994, and broken up for scrap.

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Lind 144kWallace Ludwig Lind, born on 18 June 1887 in Brainerd, Minn., was appointed a midshipman on 30 June 1905 and commissioned an ensign on 5 June 1911. Ensign Lind served on Stewart (D-13), Denver (C-14), Goldsborough (TB-20), and Cheyenne (BM-10). On 31 August 1915, he departed Cheyenne and, one month later, arrived at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., for a post-graduate course in steam engineering, following which he attended Columbia University for special instruction. Lind served on board Rhode Island (BB-17) from 2 March to 12 July 1917 and was then detailed to New York, N.Y., for duty on board President Lincoln (Str) as engineering officer and, later, as executive officer. It was during this assignment that he was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. On 4 May 1920, he reported to Michigan (BB-27) as first lieutenant followed by a tour as first lieutenant on Arizona (BB-39). Lind assumed command of Capella (AK-13) on 5 June 1922 and, upon being detached from that ship, reported to the Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif., on 18 April 1923 for duty as executive officer. Upon the completion of his duties there, he served as engineering officer of Arizona. This was followed by instruction at the Naval Unit, Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Md., and at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. Into the 1930's, Lind served as executive officer of Medusa (AR-1), Altair (AD-11), and Omaha (CL-4); followed by shore duty at the Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. From 1935 to 1938, Commander Lind was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. During this period, he received his promotion to captain to rank from 30 June 1937. Captain Lind died on 12 April 1940 at Baltimore, Md. Photo #: NH 96029 - USS Omaha (CL-4) Ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Wallace L. Lind (3rd from left, seated) with some of her officers and men, while Omaha was serving in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1938-1939. Commander Norman C. Gillette, Omaha's Executive Officer, is seated in the center, just to right of Captain Lind. Collection of Commodore Norman C. Gillette, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lind 154kArtist's conception of the Lind as built in a cutaway view by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lind 95kArtist's conception of the Lind as she appeared after the early 1950's conversion by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lind 96kArtist's conception of the Lind as she appeared after FRAM II overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lind 152kUndated postcard Copyright © Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.Jim McCoy
Weeks 42kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) on June 14 1944. Courtesy of www.timepassagesnostalgia.com.Tom Kermen
Lind 192kInternational News Photo dated March 1946 of Norfolk with USS Shangri La (CV-38) in the center, also at the pier are the USS Hank (DD-702), USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) and USS Borie (DD-704).David Buell
Lind 132kPlowing through rough seas off Korea, after rescuing Lt. McDermott of VC-61. Photo is dated 16 April 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Lind 61kJune 1951, location unknown.Pieter Bakels
Lind 221kUSS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), USS English (DD-698), USS Borie (DD-704) and USS Hank (DD-702) returning to Norfolk on June 10 1951.Ron Reeves
Lind 73kWestern Mediterranean 1952.Marc Piché
Lind 274kGenoa, Italy on February 8 1959.Carlo Martinelli
Lind 179k1960 off Norfolk, VA.Charles R. Ogle
Lind 73kNorfolk Virginia, August 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Lind 117kGenoa, Italy on May 1 1966.Carlo Martinelli
Lind 100kPicture purchased from a bumboat in Sliema/Valetta, Malta that was taken on 24 February 1967 on arrival there during Med cruise.Jim McCoy
Lind 77kOff Oahu, HI late 1960's.Marc Piché
Lind 135kUSS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) underway in the 1960s. USN photo KN-22465.Robert Hurst
Lind 82kCirca 1969, location unknown.David Guerra
Lind 79kCirca 1969, location unknown.David Guerra
Lind 143kApril 27 1970, off Hawaii. Photo by D. M. Dremer, NPC 1143991.Ed Zajkowski
Lind 158kUSS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on 27 April 1970. Photographer: PH1 D. M. Dreher. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107164.Robert Hurst
Lind 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Republic of Korea Service
Lind 57kLeft : Hull No. 911 - ROKS ChungMu (DD-911) ex-USS Erben(DD-631), center : Hull No. 917 - ROKS DaeGu (DD-917) ex-USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) and right : Hull No. 925 - ROKS JeonJu (DD-925) ex-USS Rogers (DDR-876).Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Lind 79kROKS Dae Gu (DD-917) ex-USS Wallace L. Lind and ROKS Jeon Buk (DD-916) ex-USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830).Kyeong Weon, Cheon
Lind 87kROKS Dae Gu (DD-917) ex-USS Wallace L. Lind and ROKS Jeon Buk (DD-916) ex-USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) at National Security Experience Park, Jeongdongjin, Gangwon-Do.Kyeong Weon, Cheon
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George DeMetropolis    Sep 8 1944 - Jul 1946 (Later RADM)
CDR Will Park Starnes    Jul 1946 - 1948
CDR Rexford Vinal Wheeler Jr.    1948 - 1950
CDR Edward Bernhard Carlson    1950 - 1951
CDR Robert Marshall Hughson    1950 - 1952
CDR William Bismarck Thomas    1952 - 1953
CDR Richard Arthur Sexton    1953 - 1954
(Unknown 1954 - 1956)
CDR Frederick Joseph Ruder    Sep 1956 - Sep 7 1958
CDR Armistead Dennett    Sep 7 1958 - Apr 7 1960
CDR Edward Jospeh Hannon Jr.    Apr 7 1960 - Oct 10 1961
CDR Emil Saroch Jr.    Oct 10 1961 - Aug 1963
CDR Robert John Trott    Aug 1963 - Nov 17 1964
CDR Roger Emerson Melick    Nov 17 1964 - May 1966
CDR Donald Fred Ryder    May 1966 - Jul 30 1968
CDR John Stewart Mitchell    Jul 30 1968 - Jan 31 1970
CDR Robert Leo Wessman    Jan 31 1970 - Jul 24 1971
CDR Herbert Edward Smetheram    Jul 24 1971 - Jan 6 1973
CDR David Orrick    Jan 6 1973 - Dec 4 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Tully
Address:
Phone: 757-594-9229
E-mail: bchcple@cox.net
Next Reunion: 02-06 October 2014 at Warwick, RI

Note About Contacts.

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