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USS Davidson (DE 1045)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - H - G - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Husky Pup"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/star - Navy Navy Battle "E" - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 7 stars
Fourth Row: Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ 2 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


"Vigilant - Valiant - Victorious"
Specifications:
Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Davidson (DE 1045) Building and Operational Data:
  • 3 January 1962: Building contract awarded to the Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 30 September 1963: Keel laid by the Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 2 October 1964: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lyal A. Davidson, Vice Admiral Davidson's widow
  • 7 December 1965: Commissioned at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Henry L. Stanfield in command, assigned to DesFlot 5 at Pearl Harbor
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1045)
  • 8 December 1988: Decommissioned at Naval Station Pearl Harbor after 23 years of service
  • 15 April 1989: Leased to Brazil, renamed NAe Paraiba (D-28)
  • 24 January 2001: Struck from the NVR; sold to Brazil (decommissioned from Brazilian Navy 26 July 2002)
  • early 2005: Sank while being towed from Brazil to Alang, India, in company with ex-USS Sample (FF 1048) (Lat. 23 Deg. 05', 745 S, Long. 042 Deg. 59', 521 W at a depth
    of 60 meters (just off the coast of Brazil)
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    Davidson 48k Lyal Ament Davidson was born on 12 December 1886 in Muscatine, Iowa. He graduated from Annapolis in 1910 and was commissioned in 1912. He served aboard New Hampshire during the invasion of Vera Cruz in 1914 and was assigned to USS Kansas during WW I. Davidson earned his M.S. from Columbia University in 1917. His next assignment was being an Aide to the Commandant Eleventh Naval District from 1931 to 1934. From 1934 to 1936 he was Commander of the 9th Destroyer Division. He held the position as Commanding Officer of Relief from 1938 to 1939 and Omaha from 1939 to 1940. At the University of Michigan he was the ROTC Instructor from July 1940 to December 1941. In November of 1941 he was promoted to Rear Admiral. Davidson was made Commander of Cruiser Division Eight, Atlantic Fleet 1942 -1944. He was then appointed Commander of Task Force 86 from July to October 1944. Next duty assignment was to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as a member of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee 1945-1946. He was promoted to Vice Admiral upon retirement in June 1946. His decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals and two Legions of Merit. Vice Admiral Lyal Ament Davidson died on 29 December 1950 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

    USS Davidson (DE 1045) (1965-1988) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Davidson 92k Postcard from the 1968-1969 WESTPAC cruise, note ship's cancellation stamp Russell Crosby
    Davidson 108k date / location unknown
    Davidson 97k date / location unknown
    ***Hooper / Davidson*** 198k April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Four of USS Hornet's task group on the way to WESTPAC in April 1967. Left to right: USS Hooper (DE 1026), USS Taylor (DD 468), Davidson, and USS Bronstein (DE 1037). Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023) port side. USS Bridget (DE 1024) and USS Walker (DD 517) would have been to Evans' starboard side. Darryl Baker
    Davidson 152 Refueling underway on her first WESTPAC cruise in 1967. The shorter of the two Officers and one standing to left is Lt. Robert K.U. Kihune who later rose to the rank of Admiral. After retiring, he later went on to become Vice-Chairman and President of the USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor. (Photo © Russell Crosby) Russell Crosby
    Davidson 137k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Davidson 152k May 1980: Davidson underway in the Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo, Naval Photographic Center, DPC #K128712 by PHC Tom Ryals) DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
    Navy Operational Support Center
    Brunswick, Maine
    Davidson 586k 1 May 1983: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of Davidson underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-01994 by PH1 David MacLean from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Davidson 171k 1 May 1983: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of Davidson underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-01993 by PH1 David MacLean from the DVIC)
    Davidson 143k 4 April 1986: At sea - An starboard bow view of Davidson underway off Diamond Head HI. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08986 by PH3 McGlothlin from the DVIC)
    Davidson 119k 1 July 1986: At sea - An aerial starboard bow view of the Destroyer Squadron 35 task group underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. The ships are, left to right: guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20), Davidson, frigate USS Sample (FF 1048), fleet oiler USS Willamette (AO 180), guided missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22), frigate USS Badger (FF 1071), destroyer USS Leftwich (DD 984) and the guided missile cruiser USS Worden (CG 18). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03072 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 62k 1 July 1986: At sea - A starboard view of Davidson and USS Sample (FF 1048) underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03057 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 107k 1 July 1986: At sea - A port beam view of Davidson underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03033 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 201k 1 July 1986: At sea - A starboard bow view of Davidson underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03030 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 100k 1 July 1986: At sea - Midshipmen and crew members from the destroyer USS Leftwich (DD 984) approach Davidson in a Mark 10 motor whaleboat while participating in a man-overboard drill during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03019 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 287k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port bow view of Davidson while the ship is underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-87-03031 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 260k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port bow view of the forward half of Davidson while the ship is underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-87-03032 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 202k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port bow view of the forward section of Davidson showing the Mark 30 5-inch/38-cal. gun and the Mark 16 anti-submarine rocket (ASROC) launcher. The ship is participating in a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-87-03029 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 237k 1 July 1986: at sea - A starboard beam view of Davidson and USS Badger (FF 1071), background, underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03060 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 237k 1 July 1986: at sea - A starboard beam view of Davidson underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03058 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 329k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port quarter view of the frigate Davidson underway for a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#DN-ST-87-03027 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 212k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port quarter view of the frigate Davidson underway for a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#DN-ST-87-03028 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 270k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port quarter view of the fleet oiler USS Willamette (AO 180) as the destroyer USS Leftwich (DD 984) approaches for an underway replenishment. The frigate USS Davidson (FF 1045) is starboard of Willamette. The ships are participating in a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN#DN-ST-87-02994 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Davidson 290k 1986: Vancouver, B.C. - Davidson on a port visit to Vancouver. (Photo by  Rick Garcia) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Davidson 72k 1987: At sea - Picture of the Davidson's hanger curtain door with her motto. © James E Burgoyne HT2
    Davidson 145k 1 February 1988: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port bow view of Davidson departing Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-05739 by OS2 John Bouvia from DVIC) Russell Crosby
    Davidson 35k date / location unknown, as Paraiba (D-28)

    Davidson
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    Davidson
    Courtesy of
    Russell Crosby

    The USS Davidson (DE 1045) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is pending.
    Davidson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  07 Dec 1965 - 10 Dec 1967Cmdr. Henry Lawrence Stanfield
    2.)  10 Dec 1967 - 15 May 1969Cmdr. Robert M. Whitaker
    3.)  15 May 1969 - 21 May 1971Cmdr. Richard Carl (Snuffy) Smith
    4.)  21 May 1971 - 09 Sep 1972Cmdr. Charles Griggs Wheeler
    5.)  09 Sep 1972 - 15 Jul 1974Cmdr. Allen Leonard Shapero
    6.)  15 Jul 1974 - 17 Jun 1976Cmdr. William Earl Held, Jr.
    7.)  17 Jun 1976 - 15 Jun 1978Cmdr. Duncan F. Dempster
    8.)  15 Jun 1978 - 05 Jul 1980Cmdr. Edward W. Froehlich, Jr.
    9.)  05 Jul 1980 - 07 Oct 1982Cmdr. Henry Frederick Dalton
    10.) 07 Oct 1982 - 15 Jan 1985Cmdr. Frank Charles Ferdon
    11.) 15 Jan 1985 - 15 Apr 1987Cmdr. Tommy L. Hovland
    12.) 15 Apr 1987 - 08 Dec 1988Cmdr. John Howard Strauss

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    22 August 2013 at San Diego, Calif.

    Contact Name: Mike Peck
    Address: 5608 Benton Ave. / Edina MN 55436
    Phone: (952) 922-8536
    E-mail: davidson1045 at msn.com

    USS Davidson Web Site

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    Additional Resources
    USS Davidson Web Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Davidson
    USS Davidson Page on Destroyers Online
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