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USS HANSON (DD-832 / DDR-832)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBBA

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - KING CITY

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 7 1944.
Launched March 11 1945 and commissioned May 11 1945.
Reclassified DDR-832 March 18 1949, reverted to DD-832 April 1 1964.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken March 31 1973.
To Taiwan April 18 1973, renamed Liao Yang DDG 921.
Fate Decommissioned June 1 2004 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Hanson 64kRobert Murray Hanson was born 4 February 1920 at Lucknow, India, the son of Methodist missionaries stationed in India. Joining the Marine Corps shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Hanson trained as a fighter pilot and became part of the 25th Marine Fighting Squadron. He was credited with splashing 26 Japanese planes, 20 of them in 6 consecutive flying days. His country recognized the quintuple ace's skill and daring by awarding him the Medal of Honor as well as the Air Medal and the Navy Cross. The Medal of Honor Citation reads in part: "Undeterred by fierce opposition, and fearless in the face of overwhelming odds, 1st Lt. Hanson fought the Japanese boldly and with daring aggressiveness". Lt. Hanson was lost in action when his plane crashed into the sea over Rabaul, New Britain, 3 February 1944. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION to


for service as follows:
"For meritorious service in combat operations against the enemy from 21 April to 20 October 1972, while attached to United States SEVENTH Fleet. USS HANSON provided naval gunfire support to allied forces in Military Region ONE of the Republic of Vietnam. Her accurate and timely gunfire inflicted significant damage on the enemy and is credited with saving the district capital of Mo Duc from being overrun by enemy forces. Also, HANSON participated in Operation CUSTOM TAILOR, a multi-cruiser/destroyer strike force that conducted a daring raid on the Haiphong complex. In the face of intense hostile fire, HANSON effectively suppressed coastal defense sites, allowing the cruisers to concentrate their fire on assigned targets. Her material readiness and professionalism enabled her to meet all commitments during an exceedingly high tempo of operations throughout her deployment. By their outstanding professionalism, devotion to duty, and teamwork, the officers and men of USS HANSON reflected credit upon themselves and their ship and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
For the Secretary,
/signed/ E.R. Zumwalt, Jr.
Admiral, United States Navy
Chief of Naval Operations
Hanson 43kUndated, location unknown.Larry Newman
Hanson 52kUndated, location unknown.-
Hanson 103kUndated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
Hanson 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Hanson 230kUndated, location unknown. Photo LT (JG) Marty Sullivan.Robert Hurst
Hanson 46kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Hanson 74kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Hanson 79kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Hanson 182kCirca 1945, location unknown. From the collection of Chief Richard Malkovich.Alan Malkovich
Hanson 143kRefueling in the Mediterranean in 1950: Top to bottom - USS Powers (DD-839), USS Newport News (CA-148), USS Salamonie (AO-26), amd USS Hanson (DD-832). The cruiser is carrying an H03S-1 helo on her fantail. When completed, the Newport News had seaplane catapults on her stern, but they were removed shortley after she was commissioned.George Klos
Hanson 132kThe frigate ROKS Apnok (PF-62) alongside the U.S. Gearing-class destroyer USS Hanson (DD-832) for temporary repairs, at Wonsan harbour, Korea, on 26 May 1951, after being hit three times by North Korean shore batteries. The Hanson made temporary repairs to the hull, and furnished electrical power. The Apnok was the former U.S. Tacoma-class frigate USS Rockford (PF-48), which had been transferred to the South Korean navy in October 1950. U.S. photo no. HN-SN-98-07161; NARA file no. 80-G-434893.Robert Hurst
Hanson 95kUSS Hanson (DD-832) as seen from the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney III, during replenishment at sea, probably in Korean waters sometime between 31 August 1951 to 22 February 1952. Source: Australian War Museum, Photo No. P05890.074.Mike Green
Hanson 91kUSS Hanson (DD-832) as seen from the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney III, approaching for replenishment at sea, probably in Korean waters sometime between 31 August 1951 to 22 February 1952. Source: Australian War Museum, Photo No. P05890.073.Mike Green
Hanson 99kCirca late 1950's.Marc Piché
Hanson 826kHanson (DDR-832) Underway in San Francisco Bay, California on 13 June 1957, during the review of the First Fleet by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, 1982. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 94308Robert M. Cieri
Hanson 65kSteaming out of San Francisco Bay with its new masts from conversion as a DD to DDR at San Francisco Naval Shipyard in 1964.Tommy Trampp
Hanson 228kUSS Hanson (DD-832) underway off the coast of San Diego, August 17 1966. Photo by PH3 J. Govia, USN 1117944. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Hanson 177kFebruary 15 1968, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hanson 226kUSS Jouett (DLG-29) underway in 1969, location unknown. The destroyer USS Hanson (DD-832) is in the background. United States Navy, PH1 D. L. Nichols.Robert Hurst
Hanson 65kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Hanson 72kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Taiwanese Service
Hanson 162kROCS Liao Yang underway on 1 June 1993. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-SN-94-00792.Robert Hurst
Hanson 57kROCS Liao Yang (DDG-921, ex-USS Hanson DD-832) as she steams in the Taiwan (Formosa) Straits in 1994. Photo by Alex Wu.Robert Hurst
Hanson 89kUSS Hanson (DDG-921) in Keelung September 21 2002.Michael from Taiwan
Hanson 85kUSS Hollister (DDG-929) and USS Hanson (DDG-921) in Keelung April 2003.Michael from Taiwan
Hanson 80kUSS Hanson (DDG-921) and USS Hamner (DDG-927) in Keelung April 2003.Michael from Taiwan

USS HANSON DD-832 / DDR-832 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Calhoun Parham Jr.    May 11 1945 - Jan 8 1946 (Later RADM)

CDR Hazlett Paul Weatherwax    Jan 8 1946 - Apr 4 1947 (Later RADM)

CDR William Anthony Ellis    Apr 4 1947 - Sep 25 1948

CDR Alva Wright Dinwiddie    Sep 25 1948 - Mar 8 1950

CDR Cecil Rice Welte    Mar 8 1950 - Dec 31 1951

CDR William Jelfs Henning    Dec 31 1951 - Dec 24 1952

CDR William Paul Toran    Dec 24 1952 - Sep 20 1954

CDR Keith Griffen Nichols    Sep 20 1954 - Feb 11 1956

CDR William Sergeant Busik    Feb 11 1956 - Jul 6 1957

CDR John Warren Sedwick    Jul 6 1957 - Jul 25 1959

CDR Milton Edwards Stewart    Jul 25 1959 - Jun 26 1961

CDR Earle Thomas McFarland    Jun 26 1961 - Dec 21 1962

CDR Charles Shuford Swift    Dec 21 1962 - Jan 29 1964

LCDR William George McKeown Jr.    Jan 29 1964 - Oct 29 1964

CAPT Ardwin Godfred Franch    Oct 29 1964 - Mar 27 1966

CDR Lawrance Joseph Curtin    Mar 27 1966 - Mar 1 1968

CDR Robert Joseph Raffaele    Mar 1 1968 - Sep 16 1969

CDR Richard James Fleeson    Sep 16 1969 - Jul 29 1971

CDR Ian McEwan Watson    Jul 29 1971 - Mar 31 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Louis Delancey
Address: 517 Market Street, Newport, PA 17074
Phone: (717)567-3538
E-mail: None

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