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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. March 12 1943.
Launched July 4 1943 and commissioned September 10 1943.
Decommissioned December 10 1946 and recommissioned May 19 1951.
Decommissioned December 20 1957.
Stricken June 2 1975.
To South Korea November 15 1968, renamed Pusan.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1989.

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Hickox 102kRalph Hickox was born 29 August 1903 in Washington D.C. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps 23 September 1921, he was appointed to Annapolis 18 July 1923 and commissioned ensign 2 June 1927. In the peacetime Navy Hickox served in a variety of ships and stations and was finally appointed commanding officer of the destroyer USS Truxtun (DD-229) on 3 October 1941. He had been commissioned lieutenant commander 1 July of that year. When his ship went aground in heavy seas off St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, 18 February 1942, Lt. Comdr. Hickox remained on the bridge directing rescue operations in a cool and fearless manner which inspired the officers and men under him and was instrumental in effecting the rescue of many of the members of his crew. Tragically Lt. Commander Hickox was swept from the bridge by the pounding seas and lost. 119 members of her crew lost their lives in the heavy seas and with the assistance of the local residents 33 survivors were rescued. Photo courtesy of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association.Bill Gonyo
Hickox 74kArtist's conception of the Hickox 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
Hickox 123kUndated, location unknown.Richard A. Danca
Hickox 90kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Hickox 26kAs built, circa 1943.Fitzhugh MacCrae
Hickox 35kLaunching July 4 1943 at Kearny, New Jersey of the USS Healy (DD-672) and USS Hickox (DD-673.Ron Reeves
Healy 182kKearny, New Jersey, July 4 1943, holding bottles in their hands that they smashed against the prows of the vessels named for their husbands, both former Lieutenant Commanders, Mrs. Ralph Hickox (Left) of Washington D.C., Mrs. Howard R. Healy of Long Beach, California, participated in the launching ceremonies for the destroyers USS Hickox (DD-673) and USS Healy (DD-672) respectively on July 4 1943, at the Kearny Shipyards of U.S. Steelís Federal Shipbuilding Company. Their husbands, both Naval Heroes, died in action in the present war. Photo courtesy of the Acme Newspictures.Bill Gonyo
Hickox 154kUSS Hickox (DD-673) underway at sea, probably circa September 1943, when she was placed incommission. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107192.Robert Hurst
Hickox 194kUSS Harry E Hubbard (DD-748) being maneuvered by tugs to the pier in preparation to be demothballed and placed back into service in the early 1950's with the USS Hunt (DD-674), USS Hickox (DD-673), USS Bullard (DD-660) and USS Rooks (DD-804) in the right background. Photo courtesy of Life magazine.Bill Gonyo
Hickox 99kHer recommissioning May 19 1951.Richard Price
Hickox 134kUSS Hickox (DD-673) Liberty Party visiting the Acropolis, probably in 1954. From the collection of Anthony J. Danca, he is the CPO sitting just about dead-center in the middle of the second row with his hands folded.Richard Danca
Hickox 117kUSS Miller (DD-535) returns to Newport, Rhode Island, from overseas duty, 1956. In the background are other Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force ships moored to buoys in Narrangansett Bay. USS Dortch (DD-670) is in the left center, and USS Hickox (DD-673) is at right. The original print bears the stamped date 20 August 1956. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hickox 97kShip's patchMike Smolinski
On Republic of Korea Service
Hickox 45kAs the ROKS Pusan (DD-913), hull number covered for security.Kyeong Weon, Cheon

USS HICKOX DD-673 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Willard Merton Sweetser    Sep 10 1943 - Mar 4 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR Joseph Hawes Wesson    Mar 4 1944 - May 22 1945
CDR Gerald Louis Christie    May 22 1945 - Aug 1 1945
CAPT Felix Leonard Englander    Auh 1 1945 - Jan 17 1946
LCDR Ebenezer Finley Porter    Jan 17 1946 - Apr 1946
(Decommissioned Dec 10 1946 - May 19 1951)
CDR William Wilder Trice    May 19 1951 - 1953
CDR Robert William Pond Jr.     1953 - 1955
CDR Thomas John Moriarty    1955 - Jun 1957
CDR Wells Rood Bill Jr.    Jun 1957 - ?
LT Marshall Raymond Greer Jr.    Sep 1957 - Dec 20 1957

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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