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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - GOLDEN MOON

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. April 11 1942.
Launched October 20 1942 and commissioned June 18 1943.
Decommissioned January 18 1946 and recommissioned September 12 1951.
Converted into a DASH helicopter trials ship in 1958.
Decommissioned March 19 1965.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold April 14 1976 to Union Minerals & Alloy, New York and broken up for scrap.
77 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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- John Hazelwood, born in England in 1726, was appointed to superintend the building of fire rafts for the protection of Philadelphia against the British during the Revolutionary War. A commissioned officer in the Pennsylvania Navy, Commodore Hazelwood commanded all units of the Pennsylvania and Continental navies participating in the defense of the Delaware River approaches to Philadelphia in 1777. His gunboats and galleys engaged British men-of-war 23 October near river obstructions; and, after the British frigate Merlin and ship of the line Augusta grounded, their crews were forced to burn them. Later Commodore Hazelwood took command of Continental vessels in Delaware Bay. In recognition of his services in the War for Independence, the Continental Congress voted him a handsome sword, now in the collection of the Naval Historical Foundation. Commodore Hazelwood died at Philadelphia 1 March 1800.Robert M. Cieri
Hazelwood 82kArtist's conception of the Hazelwood as she appeared after original construction 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
Hazelwood 28kUndated, location unknown.-
Hazelwood 107kUndated World War II image. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 6d.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Hazelwood 72kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hazelwood 137kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Hazelwood 93kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hazelwood 130kUndated, location unknown.Carlos Manuel Estrela
Hazelwood 197kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hazelwood 152kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hazelwood 103kUSS Hazelwood (DD-531) underway in 1943, location unknown. Official U.S. Navy photo # 80-G-72296.Robert Hurst
Hazrlwood 73kUSS Fletcher (DD-445) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 13 August 1943. USS Hazelwood (DD-531) is in the background. Note anchor chain, winch and Jack at Fletcher's bow; also crewmen on the foredeck smoking cigarettes and clowning for the benefit of the photographer. Circles mark recent alterations, among them the addition of 40mm twin mounts on each side of the forward and midships superstructure. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-50812 Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 70kBow on view of the USS Hazelwood (DD 531) departing Mare Island on 30 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 67kBroadside view of the USS Hazelwood (DD 531) off Mare Island on 30 August 1943 at the conclusion of her overhaul at the yard from 8 to 30 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 92kStern view of the USS Hazelwood (DD 531) departing Mare Island on 30 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 117kUSS Hazelwood alongside USS Independence. Undated, but the photo is from September or October 1943 during the first fast carrier raids. Courtesy Wyatt Wolfe and the USS Independence Association web site, Chiquoine
Hazelwood 132kAft plan view of the USS Hazelwood (DD 531) in San Francisco on 3 Sep 1943. (Note photo indicates ship at Mare Island but this is incorrect).Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 80kForward pan view of the USS Hazelwood (DD 531) in San Francisco on 3 Sep 1943. (Note photo indicates ship at Mare Island but this is incorrect).Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 159kUSS Hazelwood (DD 531) in San Francisco on 3 Sep 1943. (Note photo indicates ship at Mare Island but this is incorrect).Ed Zajkowski
Hazelwood 43kUSS Colahan going to the aid of the USS Hazelwood after the Hazelwood was hit by a Kamikaze off Okinawa in April 1945.Wayne VanDerVoort
Hazelwood 128kKamikaze damage to USS Hazelwood (DD 531), April 1945. USN photo.Carl D Deithloff
Hazelwood 103kKamikaze damage to USS Hazelwood (DD 531), April 1945. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Hazelwood 144kPhoto of damage to Hazelwood (DD 531) from Naval War College.Joe Radigan
Hazelwood 72kShows the moment of impact, of a Kamikaze, as seen from Yorktown. The bomb carried by the kamikaze has not yet exploded.Robert Hurst
Hazelwood 162kPhoto taken after the fires were extinguished, is uncensored, showing the radar antenna on her Mk 37 director teetering on her collapsed pilothouse. The forward funnel is now sagging noticeably to port, and her foremast has been cut away. Photos National Archives and Records Administration.Robert Hurst
Hazelwood 100kHazelwood heading home with her superstructure removed and gun director on the main deck.Tim Rizzuto
Hazelwood 173kUSS Hazelwood (DD-531) survives two Jap Kamikaze planes. While escorting a fast carrier striking force off the northeast coast of Okinawa late in the evening of April 29, 1945, the destroyer USS Hazelwood was the target of two Jap suicide planes. Hit by the Hazelwood's guns, the first Kamikaze plane, out of control, grazed an after mount and plummeted into the sea. The second Kamikaze, diving out of a low-hanging cloud, was in before the Hazelwood's guns could sufficiently finish her off. As a result this plane hit squarely into the superstructure, its bombs smashing into the bridge and ignited gasoline spreading throughout the air. Ten of the ship's 19 officers, including its Commanding Officer, Commander Volckert Petrus Douw of Abingdon, MD,and 67 enlisted men were killed or missing in action. Lt (jg) C. M. Locke, Lockeford, Calif., taking charge, directed the fighting of fires and transfer of wounded to nearby ships. Back on the West Coast where the Hazelwood is undergoing repairs, Lt.(jg) Locke paid high tribute to the men who stuck with the ship to bring her back. Like so many other ships now awaiting repairs on the West Coast, the Hazelwood looks to the day she can return to the fight. Their fires under control and with their engineering plant again in operation, the USS Hazelwood got underway after being hit by two Jap suicide planes off Okinawa on April 29,1945--begins the first leg of its return to a West coast yard. June 15, 1945. Photo courtesy of Bill Campbell who took the photo from the USS Melvin.Robert Hurst/Bill Gonyo
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Views of the battle repair activity aboard USS Hazelwood in June 1945 at Mare Island. From NA 19N.
John Chiquoine and Rick E Davis
Hazelwood 131kPhoto of crane lowering USS Hazelwood's new pilot house in place at Mare Island in July 1945.Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 130kUSS Hazelwood, DD 531, taken 24 September 1945 at Mare Island after her kamikaze repairs were completed. USN photo from Mare Island, #6524-45.David Buell
Hazelwood 130kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Hazelwood (DD 531) at Mare Island on 27 Sep 1945. She was in overhaul at the yard from 14 June to 29 Sep 1945. YO-32 is alongside of Hazelwood.Darryl Baker
Hazelwood 167kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Hazelwood (DD 531) at Mare Island on 27 Sep 1945. Darryl Baker
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Victory Ball invitation - August 20 1945
Barbara Vinsant
Hazelwood 112kCirca 1950, location unknown.David Buell
Hazelwood 150kDecember 22 1953, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hazelwood 27kUSS Stockham DD 683, USS Charles J. Badger DD 657, USS Hazelwood DD 531 and USS Heermann DD 532 Spring 1954.Josh Tickle
Hazelwood 148kDecember 1959, photo NPC 1045624. The date is more likely 1958 not 1959.Ed Zajkowski/Henry Johnson
Hazelwood 78kAlongside the USS Lake Champlain, Sep/Oct 1958.-
Hazelwood 152kQH-50 DASH-drone with torpedoes over the flight deck of the destroyer USS Hazelwood (DD-531). Hazelwood was assigned to the Destroyer Development Division, her primary research and development work involved the testing of the Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (DASH) from 1958 to 1965. U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News January/February 1988.Robert Hurst
Hazelwood 90kNorfolk, VA 1959.Marc Piché
Hazelwood 538kUSS Hazlewood (DD-531) as converted with hangar and flight deck aft to operate DASH (Gyrodyne QH-50C/D) helicopter, off Newport, RI, circa 1959-60. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107246Original: Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
Replacement: Robert Hurst
Hazelwood 108kEarly 1960, photo by Robert J. Studen, Destroyer Development Group Two from Newport, RI.Robert J. Studen
Hazelwood 88kBoston Naval Shipyard, July 1961. Being modified to support and carry DASH helicopter.© Richard Leonhardt
Hazelwood 106kAfter completion of DASH conversion, circa early 1960s.Randy Kimes
Hazelwood 96kPhiladelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility 30 July 1974, (L-R) USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692), USS Caperton (DD-650), Gatling (DD-671), USS Miller (DD-535), USS Hazelwood (DD-531) and USS Cassin Young (DD-793).
Hazelwood 48kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
Hazelwood 38kShips patch.Tom Gamstetter

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Hunter Wood Jr.    Jun 18 1943 - Jan 1 1944 (Later RADM)

CDR Volckert Petrus Douw    Jan 1 1944 - Apr 29 1945 (KIA Apr 29 1945)

LTJG Chester Martin Locke    1730 Apr 29 1945 - 2030 Apr 29 1945 (Acting)

LCDR Philip Reed    2030 Apr 29 1945 - 0900 May 1 1945 (Acting)

LT David Nelson Morey Jr.   0900 May 1 1945 - Jun 20 1945 (Acting)

LCDR James Christopher Mathews     Jun 20 1945 - Jan 18 1946

(Decommissioned Jan 18 1946 - Sep 12 1951)

CDR Richard Martin Niles    Sep 12 1951 - Jul 8 1953

CDR James Alexander Marks    Jul 8 1953 - 1956

CDR Cloyd Alvin Linville    1956 - Jun 1958

CDR Harry Edwin Snyder    Jun 1958 - Feb 1960

CDR Frederick Halsey Irwin    Feb 1960 - Aug 1961

CDR Creighton David Lilly    Aug 1961 - Jul 1963

CDR Donald Jerome Hanson    Jul 1963 - 1964

CDR Edgar Hull Forrest    1964 - Mar 19 1965

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