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USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NTHR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ROAD AGENT

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. September 11 1943.
Launched February 12 1944 and commissioned May 2 1944.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1961.
Decommissioned February 12 1971.
Stricken February 1 1974.
Fate To Taiwan May 6 1974 and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Swenson 118kLyman Knute Swenson was born in Pleasant Grove, Iowa, on 23 October 1892. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1916 and served in surface combatants and submarines, including command of USS H-6 (SS-149) in 1919. Later, he commanded USS Isabel (PY-10) and Destroyer Division 64. In 1941, he became captain of the new cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), placing her in commission in February 1942. Captain Lyman K. Swenson was killed in action when Juneau was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine on 13 November 1942, just after participating in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Photo #: 80-G-11251. Captain Lyman K. Swenson, USN, ashore at Fox Harbor, Newfoundland, 14 June 1942, while he was in command of USS Juneau (CL-52). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Swenson 154kArtist's conception of the Swenson 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
Swenson 99kArtist's conception of the Swenson as she appeared following her FRAM 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
Swenson 22kUndated, location unknown.-
Swenson 85kUndated, location unknown.Tom Crew
Swenson 98kUndated, location unknown. USS Shelton (DD-790), USS Blue (DD-744), USS Collett (DD-730) and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) nested alongside an unidentified tender.Robert Hurst
Swenson 89kOff the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 22 July 1944. She is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 9D. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Swenson 155k1945 in the Pacific, photographed from DD-745. Courtesy Robert Baumbrucker, NHC NH 89376.Ed Zajkowski
Swenson 122kUSS Swenson in heavy swells alongside USS Wasp, January 1945. Photo 80G 301572.John Chiquoine
Swenson 124kAs above. Photo 80G 301573.John Chiquoine
Swenson 125kUSS Lyman K. Swenson and USS Schroeder are maneuvering within the TG58.1 formation, as seen from USS Belleau Wood. Taken in February 1945 during mainland Japan raids and Iwo Jima support. John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Swenson 93kLyman K Swenson underway in TG38.1, Spring or Summer 1945. Photo by T McCann, DD573.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Swenson 105kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) Moored at San Diego, California, with two other destroyers, circa 1945-46. Middle ship is USS De Haven (DD-727). Courtesy of John Hummel, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Swenson 100kNavy Photo 28-46, stern view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) moored at the South end of Mare Island on 3 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Swenson 70kNavy Photo 30-46, broadside view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) off Mare Island on 3 Jan 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 31 Oct 1945 to 10 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Swenson 98kNavy Photo 32-46, bow on view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) moored at the South end of Mare Island on 3 Jan 1946.Darryl Baker
Swenson 90kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 January 1946. This view looks forward from alongside the ship's port side, showing her 26-foot motor whaleboat and 20mm gun platform by her after smokestack. Note floater nets (with attached water casks) and boxed supplies on deck just inboard from the whaleboat. Also empty racks for ready-service 40mm ammunition. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Swenson 152kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 January 1946. This view looks aft from alongside the ship's port bow, showing her anchoring gear, forward 5"/38 twin gun mounts and pilothouse. Note canted angle of the Mk.12/22 radar antennas atop her Mk.37 gun director. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss/Darryl Baker
Swenson 45kMotor whale boat of the USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) is shown after its overhaul at the Mare Island boat shop on 27 Oct 1947.Darryl Baker
Swenson 91kNavy Photo 2253-47, broadside view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) off Mare Island on 7 Nov 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 10 Sep to 21 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Swenson 80kNavy Photo 2255-47, bow on view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) off Mare Island on 7 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Swenson 91kNavy Photo 2256-47, stern view of USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) off Mare Island on 7 Nov 1947.Darryl Baker
Swenson 98kMare Island Naval Shipyard, November 1947.Pieter Bakels
Swenson 93kMare Island Naval Shipyard, November 14 1947.Pieter Bakels
Swenson 86kMare Island Naval Shipyard, November 14 1947.Pieter Bakels
Swenson 84kCirca July-August 1948, Destroyer Division 91 (L to R) 728 Mansfield (flag ship); 730 Collett; 727 DeHaven and 729 Lyman K. Swenson, at buoy in San Diego harbor.Richard A. Bowman QM2
Swenson 96kUSS Platte (AO-24) refuels USS Valley Forge (CV-45) and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), while they were enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Diego during Operation "Miki", November 1949. Photographed by Ted Huggins from Valley Forge's flight deck as she dropped back after taking on oil. Note retractable radio antennas mounted alongside the flight deck. Courtesy of Ted Huggins, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Swenson 126kUSS Platte (AO-24) refuels USS Valley Forge (CV-45) and USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), while they were enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Diego during Operation "Miki", November 1949. Photographed by Ted Huggins. Courtesy of Ted Huggins, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Swenson 122kInchon Operation, September 1950, a Chaplain reads the Last Rites service as Lieutenant (Junior Grade) David H. Swenson is buried at sea from USS Toledo (CA-133), off Inchon, Korea. He had been killed by North Korean artillery while his ship, USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) was bombarding enemy positions on Wolmi-do island, Inchon, on 13 September 1950. K. Swenson is in the background, with her crew at quarters on deck. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Swenson 105kInchon Invasion, September 1950 Wolmi-Do island under bombardment on 13 September 1950, two days before the landings at Inchon. Photographed from USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), one of whose 40mm gun mounts is in the foreground. Sowolmi-Do island, connected to Wolmi-Do by a causeway, is at the right, with Inchon beyond. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Swenson 123kOff Korea in November 1951. From the N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection.Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific
Swenson 51kFrom the January 1952 ALL HANDS magazine.Stanley Svec
Swenson 202kMen of Destroyer Division 91 crowd the foc'sle and superstructure of their ships in Sasebo, Japan, to receive their Navy Unit Commendations. During the presentation on the Mansfield, a crane crew in the background continues its task of installing new gun barrels on the De Haven. Streaks of red lead on the Collett and the Swenson in the foreground show the work that has occupied all the crews while in port. By coincidence the famed 'Sitting Duck' destroyers are berthed in their numerical order: USS De Haven (DD-727), Mansfield (DD-728), Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), and Collett (DD-730)." Photograph and caption released by Commander Naval Forces, Far East, under date of 18 December 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Swenson 32kDesRon 9 in Long Beach; USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Mansfield (DD-728) and USS De Haven (DD-727).Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Swenson 144kJanuary 27 1961, photo NPC 1052991.Ed Zajkowski
Swenson 112kMare Island January 27 1961.Tracy White
Swenson 249kThis photo of the destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson was taken in 1963, during a rendezvous with the light-fleet carrier, HMAS Melbourne, whilst engage in a highline transfer. As I recall this was following a busy two weeks of SEATO exercises in the South China Sea. The two signs displayed by the ship’s company of USS Swenson are a play on the words of two popular songs of the time – "If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake" and "Tie me kangaroo down sport" - everybody on ‘Melbourne’ was caught by surprise and thought the gesture was highly amusing and enjoyed the humour behind it very much; all the more as someone had taken the time and trouble to paint the signs and display them. Certainly it was an indication of the friendly relation between our two navies; we’re so lucky to have times like these with good thing to remember.Kim Dunstan, RAN
Swenson 215kUSS Lyman K. Swenson DD-729 refueling from USS Princeton LPH-5's 3rd Division's Fuel Pocket, January-February 1963.Ron Reeves
Swenson 116kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) firing a 6-gun salvo at shore targets during the Vietnam War between November 1968 and July 1969. Photo USN.Robert Hurst
Swenson 56kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) Underway off Oahu, Hawaii, 16 March 1970. Photographed by PH1 Dixon M. Dreher. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Swenson 126kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) in Hong Kong during 1970.Fred Weiss
Swenson 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Francis Thomas Williamson    May 2 1944 - May 31 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR William Baumert Braun    May 31 1945 - Oct 1946
CDR Frederick Richard Matthews    Oct 1946 - 1948
CDR Lawrence Hale Birthisel Jr.    1948 - 1949
CDR Robert Ayres Schelling    1949 - 1951
CDR William Edward Kuntz    1951 - 1953 (Later RADM)
CDR James Grant Ross    1953 - 1955
CDR Carl Leonard Scherrer    1955 - 1957
CDR Cornelius Johannes Smits    1957 - 1959
CDR William Compton Cook    1959 - 1961
CDR Robert John Trott    1961 - Jun 1962
CDR David Diltz Work    Jun 1962 - Oct 1963
CDR Burton Whitley Hancock    Oct 1963 - Jul 9 1965
CDR Robert Leroy Thorson    Jul 9 1965 - Mar 30 1967
CDR Nevin Laverne Rockwell    Mar 30 1967 - Sep 1968
CDR Larry James Brown    Sep 1968 - Jun 30 1970
CDR Richard Velez Dalton    Jun 30 1970 - Nov 1970
CDR Gary Bennett Lowe    Nov 1970 - Feb 12 1971

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Don Snider
Address:
Phone: (615) 325-0222
E-mail: DD729Secretary@gmail.com
Next reunion: Newark, CA. from September 30 - October 4, 2010

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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