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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - NAVIGATE

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; Westinghouse 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 May 28 1945.
Launched November 19 1945 and commissioned February 7 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade June 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken May 30 1978.
Fate Sunk in missile tests July 17 1987.

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Bausell 80kLewis Kenneth Bausell was born in Pulaski, Va., on 17 April 1924 and moved with his family to Washington, D.C., when he was still a small boy. He attended public schools and then went to work as a bookbinder for a local printer. Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Marine Corps on 15 December 1941. After training at the Marine Corps' recruit depot at Parris Island, S.C., he joined the 1st Marine Division, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on 29 January 1942. Bausell was promoted to private first class on 25 March, and to corporal on 1 June. Meanwhile, the 5th Marines sailed for the Pacific on 20 May. Arriving at Wellington, New Zealand, on 20 June, the marines immediately began preparations for landing in the Solomon Islands. Assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Cpl. Bausell landed on Guadalcanal on 7 August 1942. He took part in the perimeter struggles for Henderson Field and in the fierce fighting on the Matanikau River, before the 5th Marines were relieved by other units in early November. Wracked by malaria and anemia, Bausellís regiment was withdrawn to Australia on 9 November. After almost a year of rest and training, the 5th Marines sailed for Milne Bay, New Guinea, in September 1943. There, they practiced landings with the new LSTs, LCIs, and LCTs that had joined the inventory of amphibious ships and craft. On 29 December, four days after the initial attack, Bausellís battalion landed at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, and began operations against Japanese troops. On 5 March 1944, the 5th Marines, loaded into an assortment of small boats, landed on the Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain. After seizing the small airstrip at Talasea, the marines settled into garrison duty until 4 May when the last of the regiment boarded ship for rest and recreation at Pavuvu in the Russell Islands. Although the marines got little rest or recreation, owing to the lingering rainy season, Bausellís regiment trained in preparation for the invasion of the Caroline Islands. Assigned to take Peleliu, the 5th Marines sailed from Pavuvu in early September 1944. Landing at Beach "Orange One" on 15 September, Bausellís regiment drew the task of seizing the island's airfield. Transported across the coral reef in LVTs, the marines hit the beach and began fighting their way inland. Many small unmarked coral ridges bogged down the advance. Cpl. Bausell was in a squad assigned to neutralize a ridge honeycombed with many Japanese fortifications. The squad, led by 2nd Lt. Jack Kimble, was using a flamethrower to flush Japanese soldiers out the opposite side of a bunker where Cpl. Bausell and several other men were also firing into the fortification. One Japanese soldier charged out of that entrance and, while holding a grenade against his body, lunged at the marines. When the grenade exploded, the Japanese was killed and several marines wounded. A second Japanese soldier was shot and killed at the bunker entrance. A third appeared and threw a grenade among Bausell and the others. "There wasn't any cover and no place to run," related Kimble, "Bausell ran toward the grenade and fell upon it." Cpl. Bausell took the full blast of the explosion, sacrificing his own body to save his men. Severely wounded, he was evacuated to the attack transport DuPage (APA-86), where he died of his wounds on 18 August. For his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Bausell was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Bausell 87kUndated, location unknown.-
Bausell 102kUndated, location unknown.-
Bausell 49kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Bausell 139kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Bausell 254kUndated, location unknown.Charles Lamm
Bausell 78kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bausell 89kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of Chief Electrician's Mate James Morgan Lyons.Margaret Crymes
558kAerial photo of Bausell (DD-845) underway, probably during the 1940s. Photo from collection of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
35kArriving at Yokosuka, probably during the 1960s.Rob Larson
Bausell 78kNavy Photo 7805-12-50, amidships looking aft plan view of USS Bausell (DD 845) at Mare Island on 21 Dec 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 21 Oct to 27 Dec 1950.Darryl Baker
Bausell 125k1953 Brodhead Naval Armory Reservists in Detroit. Wire Photo.Tommy Trampp
Bausell 96kUSS Bausell (DD-845) in 1956, location unknown.Larry Backus
Bausell 91kUSS Bausell (DD-845) in 1956, location unknown.Larry Backus
Bausell 119kRadio room circa 1956.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 99kFire Control radar circa 1956-1957.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 161kMK 15 quintuple torpedo tube battery circa 1956.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 95k1956, location unknown.Larry Backus
Bausell 108k1956, location unknown.Larry Backus
Bausell 67kUSS Bausell (DD-845), USS Rogers (DD-876) and USS Agerholm (DD-826) in San Diego July 1956.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 159kUSS Pictor (AF-54) replenishing USS Yorktown(CVA-10) and USS Bausell (DD-845) in 1957.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Bausell 110kUSS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) photographed from the USS Bausell (DD-845) at Midway Island January 1957.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 129kSwim call March 1957.Everett Ellestad
Bausell 101kUSS Parsons (DD-949) and USS Bausell (DD-845) in San Francisco cira 1961 - 1963.Larry Backus
Bausell 52kCirca 1962 alongside the Bon Homme Richard.-
Bausell 52kAs above.-
Bausell 159kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 203kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 141kOperations with CruDesPac, Jun 17 1965.Darryl Baker
Bausell 81kA fuel stop at Midway Island on the way to WestPac, USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Richard B. Anderson and on the other side of the pier is, probably, the USS Wedderburn (DD-684) in January 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 154kA fuel stop at Guam in January 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 97kUSS Brush (DD-745), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Wedderburn (DD-684) and USS Worden (DLG-18) nested with an unknown tender in Subic Bay, P.I. in late January 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 176kAboard USS Bausell DD 845 during WestPac '66 photo by Travis Moffat ETR2.Larry Backus
Bausell 121kDrone Anti Submarine Helicopter (DASH) Ops DD-845 South China Sea 1966.Lee Noland
Bausell 112kAs above.Lee Noland
Bausell 169kA Bausell "Rooster Tail" in WestPac 1966. Photo by ETR2 Travis Moffat.Larry Backus
Bausell 81kInside CIC in 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 73kForward engine room in 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 41kMain passageway in 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 147kBausell's motor whale boat in Sasebo, Japan, February 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 82kUSS Bausell's .50 cal. machine gun, Port side 02 level, off Vietnam, Spring 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 70kBausell's bridge off the coast of Vietnam during the Spring of 1966. The helmsman's name is Garner and the sound powered phone talker is Michael Seery. The officer in the doorway is the OPS Boss, Lt. Nelson.Larry Backus
Bausell 240kIn mid-1966 Bausell was patrolling off the coast of Vietnam near Da Nang. A group of U.S. Marines on shore had been pursuing two VC suspects who subsequently escaped by diving into the surf. A nearby Swift boat hauled the VC in and brought them to Bausell. Within minutes, an Army chopper arrived and took the VC away for interrogation. These dramatic photographs were made by Travis Moffat ETR2 shooting from the after ECM platform atop the DASH hangar.Larry Backus
Bausell 279kAs above, Army chopper removing the prisoners.Larry Backus
Bausell 106kUSS Bausell (DD-845) and USS Morton (DD-948) in Hong Kong April 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 77kMay 1966 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Worden (DLG-18) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786).Larry Backus
Bausell 69kKaohsiung, Formosa May 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 71kYokosuka, Japan June 1966. Note the Mobile Canteen "Roving Roach Coach" on the pier.Larry Backus
Bausell 74kYokosuka, Japan June 1966, the ASROC installation.Larry Backus
Bausell 93kYokosuka, Japan June 1966. Never ending ship's maintenance.Larry Backus
Bausell 55kYokosuka, Japan June 1966. DesRon 5 Shield.Larry Backus
Bausell 55kTokyo Bay, June 21 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Bausell 52kTokyo Bay, June 21 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Bausell 95kUSS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845) and USS Shelton (DD-790) in San Diego July 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 79kMare Island Naval Shipyard September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 116kUSS Porterfield (DD-682) and USS Bausell (DD-845) in Mare Island Naval Shipyard, September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 203kAnother view of the Porterfield and Bausell in Mare Island Drydock taken by ETR2 Travis Moffat.Larry Backus
Bausell 193kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 204kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 72kLarry holding up the Bausell while in drydock, Mare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 57kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 130kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 133kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 50kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 81kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 76kMare Island September 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 72kMare Island October 1966.Larry Backus
Bausell 85kOctober, 1966 Crewmen aboard USS Bausell (DD 845) are packing expended 5Ē cartridge into their canister after a period on the gun line in Vietnam.Darryl Baker
Bausell 18kOctober, 1966 Crewmen from the USS Bausell (DD 845) are shown with a captured Viet Cong off Vietnam.Darryl Baker
Bausell 172kOctober, 1966 a practice torpedo is loaded aboard a drone helicopter aboard USS Bausell (DD 845).Darryl Baker
Bausell 101kView of the DASH airborne during the 1967 WestPac deployment by Jeffery Wright.Larry Backus
Bausell 108kJanuary 1967, Bausell's Signal Bridge equipment as she steams toward the Golden Gate Bridge.Larry Backus
Bausell 50kBridge area January 1967 on return to San Diego.Larry Backus
Bausell 57kOn deck in 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 52kBridge area in January 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 95kSan Diego Spring 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 58kBausell anchored in Hong Kong harbor, 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 108kDASH Operations on 1967 WestPac.Larry Backus
Bausell 63kNaval Gunfire Support off Vietnam during 1967 WestPac.Larry Backus
Bausell 97kSouth China Sea summer 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 82kSummer 1967 in the Tonkin Gulf.Larry Backus
Bausell 78kMembers of Bausell's Radar Gang relax (summer '67) with a group photo. (Front L to R) Larry Backus RD3, Ruffner RD2. (Second row L to R), Poe RD1, Moffat RD2, Drysdale RDSN (standing) and Wright SN.Larry Backus
Bausell 90kUnrep with USS Castor, summer 1967 Tonkin Gulf.Larry Backus
Bausell 75kBausell's MWB in the Tonkin Gulf, well above the DMZ) investigating a suspicious floating object. Summer '67.Larry Backus
Bausell 79kAt GQ, July 1967 in the Tonkin Gulf.Larry Backus
Bausell 95kHong Kong July 1967 and the famous Mary Soo gang paint the ship.Larry Backus
Bausell 69kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 80kPreparing for an UNREP July 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 69kThe motor whale boat July 1967 in the South China Sea.Larry Backus
Bausell 88kThe Bridge during an UNREP.Larry Backus
Bausell 92kJuly-August 1967 underway replenishment with the USS Castor (AKS-1).Larry Backus
Bausell 35kDoorway leading to CIC in 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 71kDoorway leading to the Captain's cabin.Larry Backus
Bausell 61kNC2 ASW plotter cover in the Combat Information Center.Larry Backus
Bausell 76kForward Fire Room - #1 Boiler super-heater control station.Larry Backus
Bausell 51kMotor Whale Boat in 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 76kHighline with USS Berkeley (DDG-15) in October 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 79kHighline transfer with USS Berkeley (DDG-15) off Japan, October 1967, RM1 Cook returns to BAUSELL.Larry Backus
Bausell 77kBausell's MWB is readied for the Captain while in Beppu, Japan, Fall 1967. (sailor inside is SN Wollard. Sailor at the tiller is SN Henslee?)Larry Backus
Bausell 97kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 86kHeaded home in "Heavy Weather" October 1967 East of Yokosuka.Larry Backus
Bausell 109kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 51kBausell preparing for highline with the USS Berkeley (DDG-15) off Japan in October 1967.Larry Backus
Bausell 62kAs above.Larry Backus
Bausell 56kHeaded home.Larry Backus
Bausell 48kSydney, Australia circa mid 1970's.Marc Pichť
Bausell 183kSan Diego, September 1969, USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Bausell (DD-845), USS Boyd (DD-544), USS Taylor (DD-468), USS Walker (DD517) and USS Uhlmann (DD-687) alonside USS Dixie (AD-14). Photo by PH2 Borchers.Ed Zajkowski
Bausell 146kUSS Bausell, DD-845 moored at Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay circa 1970-1971.Bernays Thurston
Bausell 109kHong Kong 1970.Lee Noland
Bausell 97kHong Kong 1970.Lee Noland
Bausell 6kCirca 1972, location unknown.CDR Tom Sparkman
Bausell   Bausell   Bausell   Bausell
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1975-1976
Wolfgang Hechler
Bausell 84kNovember 11 1977 at Yokosuka.ctorbann
Bausell 149kAuckland, New Zealand, March 2 1978.Chris Howell
Bausell 259kex-USS Bausell (DD-845) is shown as a target ship during damage assessment, near the Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC), Point Mugu, California (USA), on 28 January 1982. She was finally sunk as a target on 17 July 1987.Larry Backus/Ed Velasquez/Robert Hurst
Bausell 38kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bausell 56kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Bausell 135kShip's patch from 1960's.Lee Noland
Bausell 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Bausell 28kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Bausell 42kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Bausell 162kShip's key fob from the collection of John Emil Gaupp.Cecil Rigby
Bausell 165kDestroyer Division 12 patch.Ed Velasquez

USS Bausell DD-845 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Voight Bewick    Feb 7 1946 - Jan 6 1947

CDR Harry Edson Townsend    Jan 6 1947 - Feb 7 1948

CDR Kenneth Elmer Meneke    Feb 7 1948 - Oct 8 1949

CDR Harry Boger Stark    Oct 8 1949 - Sep 12 1951

CDR Thomas Grover Burley Jr.    Sep 12 1951 - Nov 29 1952

CDR Orval Crawford Dickes    Nov 29 1952 - Aug 2 1954

CDR David Fife Welch    Aug 2 1954 - Aug 22 1956 (Later RADM)

CDR Ralph Wilford Frieden    Aug 22 1956 - Jan 11 1958

CDR Thomas Andrew Turner    Jan 11 1958 - Jul 18 1959

CDR James Keith Wills    Jul 18 1959 - Jul 1 1960

LCDR Harry Peter Jefferson    Jul 1 1960 - May 4 1961

LCDR Richard Yates Scott    May 4 1961 - Jul 19 1963

CDR Harry Risch Jr.    Jul 19 1963 - Mar 1 1965

CDR Frank Richard Fahland    Mar 1 1965 - Aug 26 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR Gerald Eustis Thomas    Aug 26 1966 - Apr 1 1968 (Later RADM)

CDR Roy Frederick Stalder Jr.    Apr 1 1968 - Nov 3 1969

CDR James Ernest Lacy    Nov 3 1969 - Aug 21 1970

CDR Clifford Paul Barnes    Aug 21 1970 - Feb 1 1972

CDR Jack Walter Tomion    Feb 1 1972 - Aug 3 1973

LCDR Arthur Earl Rowe Jr.    Aug 3 1973 - Nov 1975

CDR John Hammack McMillan    Nov 1975 - May 30 1978

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dave Reasons
Phone: (256)415-7721
Next Reunion: July 16Ė21 2017 at BoomTown Hotel & Casino, Harvey, LA 70058

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