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USS HENRY W. TUCKER (DD-875 / DDR-875)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBHK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - WILLOW

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
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 Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. May 29 1944.
Launched November 8 1944 and commissioned March 12 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1963.
Decommissioned and Stricken December 3 1973.
To Brazil December 3 1973, renamed Marcilio Dias.
Fate Sunk as a target in 1992.

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Tucker 12kHenry Warren Tucker was born 5 October 1919 in Birmingham, Ala. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve 24 June 1941 and after being trained as a pharmacist's mate reported to the oiler Neosho 15 January 1942. On 7 May 1942, in the opening phase of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Neosho and her escorting destroyer were attacked by three waves of Japanese planes. The escort sank and Neosho was so severely damaged that the skipper ordered all hands to prepare to abandon ship. Many of the oiler's crew, believing that "abandon ship" orders had been given, went over the side at once. As the men struggled through the water trying to reach the few undamaged life rafts, Henry W. Tucker swam among them, treating the burned and wounded. Disregarding his own safety, he helped many of his shipmates to safety on the life rafts while refusing a place himself, at the cost of his life. For his gallant and devoted service to his wounded comrades, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Henry W. Tucker was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.Bill Gonyo
Tucker 65kUndated, location unknown.-
Tucker 49kUndated, location unknown.-
Tucker 63kUndated, location unknown.Randy Kimes
Tucker 120kUndated, possibly Brisbane.Russ Padden
Tucker 77kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Tucker 156kSame view as postcard but as a photograph.Bob Miller
Tucker 94kUndated, location unknown. Dave's dad was the Captain of the Tucker from 1959 to 1961.Dave Hanson
Tucker 132kUndated, from the USS Dixie (AD-14) photo lab. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Tucker 115kUndated, location unknown. USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) and USS Rupertus (DD-851) at Long Beach.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Tucker 154kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Tucker 194kView of the bridge of the destroyer USS Henry W. Tucker (DD 875), 29 January 1946. Item is part of a scrapbook that details the wartime service of Rear Admiral John Dale Price. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Tucker 176kView of personnel in a gig alongside the destroyer USS Henry W. Tucker (DD 875) during a visit to Amami Oshima, 29-30 January 1946. Item is part of a scrapbook that details the wartime service of Rear Admiral John Dale Price. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Tucker 113kStarboard side view of the USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) on January 29-30, 1946 off Amami Oshima. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1993.564.002.0.Mike Green/Robert Hurst
Tucker 156kRear Admiral John Dale Price shakes hands with the skipper of the destroyer USS Henry W. Tucker(DD 875), 29-30 January 1946. Item is part of a scrapbook that details the wartime service of Rear Admiral John Dale Price. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Tucker 203kView of enlisted men seated for chow on board the destroyer USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), January 30 1946. Item is part of a scrapbook that details the wartime service of Rear Admiral John Dale Price. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Tucker 97kBow on view of USS Henry W. Tucker (DD 875) at south end of Mare Island on 29 January 1947.Darryl Baker
Tucker 81kBroadside view of USS Henry W. Tucker (DD 875) at south end of Mare Island on 29 January 1947. She was under repair at the yard from 29 Oct 1946 to 3 Feb 1947.Darryl Baker
Tucker 108kStern view of USS Henry W. Tucker (DD 875) at south end of Mare Island on 29 January 1947.Darryl Baker
Tucker 152kUSS Henry W. Tucker DDR875 sometime in the late 40's or early 1950's.Bob Miller
Tucker 204kUSS Bryce Canyon (AD-36) with USS Montrose (APA-212) and USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) alongside at Sasebo, Japan in September 1952.Bruce Campbell courtesy Military Locators
Tucker 201kIn Buckner Bay, Orinawa 1959.Judith Irwin Cameron
Tucker 194kDecember 1959, location unknown. Photo NPC 1045765.Ed Zajkowski
Tucker 44kPearl Harbor circa 1960's.Marc Piché
Tucker 97kCirca 1960's, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Tucker 41kUSS Henry W. Tucker (DDR-875) and USS Eversole (DD-789) at Midway in May 1960. Photo by Tucker sailor Bill Miller.Bradley Miller
Tucker 152kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Rupertus (DD-851), USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), USS George K. Mackenzie (DD-836 and USS Leonard F. Mason at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo
Tucker 139kAs above.Gary Priolo
Tucker 222kJune 25 1962, USS Midway (CVA-41) refueling USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) and USS Rupertus (DD-851).Ed Zajkowski
Tucker 121kFirst quarter 1966, Haleakala (AE-25) rearming Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) left, and Ticonderoga (CVA-14) right, off the coast of Vietnam. US Navy photo.Bill Toohey ETC USN Ret USS Haleakala Feb 66 - Nov 68.
Tucker 160kYokosuka Japan, June 21 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Tucker 67kSingapore harbor in 1966,Phillip M. Jones
Tucker 48kSan Diego 1971.Marc Piché
Tucker 103kSan Diego circa 1971.Bob Miller
Tucker 208kUSS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) and USS Rupertus (DD-851) at Subic Bay in 1971.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Tucker 44kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Tucker 40kShip's patch.Bob Miller
On Brazilian Service
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-Marcilio Dias (D-25) - Marcilio Dias was a Brazilian sailor, killed during the naval battle of Riachuelo, 1895, in the war against Paraguay, also called the War of the Triple Alliance.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Tucker 144kAs the CT MARCÍLIO DIAS (D 25) at sea, circa 1975. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz BRAZIL Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)
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USS HENRY W. TUCKER DD-875 / DDR-875 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Bernard Henree Meyer    Mar 12 1945 - Nov 21 1946
CDR James DuGué Ferguson    Nov 21 1946 - Aug 19 1948
CDR Rex Beach Little    Aug 19 1948 - Apr 1 1950
CDR George Pearsall Rogers    Apr 1 1950 - Sep 7 1951
CDR David Lloyd George King    Sep 7 1951 - Jan 15 1953
CDR Frederick Richard Hoeppner    Jan 15 1953 - Mar 29 1954
CDR Robert Main Ross    Mar 29 1954 - Apr 28 1956
CDR Robert Leo Thienes    Apr 28 1956 - Feb 5 1958
CDR Kay Sanford Irwin    Feb 5 1958 - Jan 8 1960
CDR Ralph Morgan (Swede) Hanson    Jan 8 1960 - Aug 25 1961
CDR Egon Henry Werdelmann    Aug 25 1961 - Jan 8 1963
LCDR Paul Edwin Smith    Jan 8 1963 - Sep 23 1963
CDR Burr Curtis Wilcox Jr.    Sep 23 1963 - Dec 13 1965
CAPT John Henry Donald Williams    Dec 13 1965 - Jul 3 1967
CDR Sheldon David Kully    Jul 3 1967 - Jul 19 1969
CDR Warren Lewis Story    Jul 19 1969 - Apr 22 1971
CDR Paul Christian Nelson    Apr 22 1971 - Aug 8 1972
CDR John Francis Joseph Fox    Aug 8 1972 - Sep 28 1973
LCDR Eugene Mallory (Gene) Hall    Sep 28 1973 - Dec 3 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Miller
Address: 3009 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: 773-271-6848
E-mail: millerbrothers875@hotmail.com


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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Tin Can Sailors Website
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