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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAYU

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BATTERING RAM

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 September 10 1945.
Launched March 30 1946 and commissioned June 20 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade March 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken December 1 1978.
Fate Sunk as target off California July 18 1982.

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Agerholm 56kHarold C. Agerholm was born on 29 January 1925 in Racine, Wisconsin and enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1942 at Milwaukee, Wis. Following training at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego and at Camp Elliott also in that city, Agerholm was shipped overseas and arrived in the Pacific theater on 23 November. He was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and saw action in the assault on the Gilbert Islands at Tarawa. Agerholm was promoted to private first class (PFC) on 26 January 1943 and, while serving with the Fourth Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Division, participated in the assault and occupation of Saipan, Marianas Islands. In action against a determined Japanese counterattack on 7 July 1944, PFC Agerholm volunteered to assist in the defense and evacuation of the wounded. Locating and appropriating an abandoned ambulance jeep, he repeatedly made dangerous trips under heavy rifle and mortar fire to single-handedly recover approximately 45 casualties. Working tirelessly for over three hours, Agerholm continually ignored his own safety and was mortally wounded by Japanese rifle fire as he ran to aid two men whom he believed to be wounded marines. For his heroism and service to his country, PFC Agerholm was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Photo from the USMC History Division.

Medal of Honor Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Fourth Battalion, Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944. When the enemy launched a fierce, determined counterattack against our positions and overran a neighboring artillery battalion, Private First Class Agerholm immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to check the hostile attack and evacuate our wounded. Locating and appropriating an abandoned ambulance jeep, he repeatedly made extremely perilous trips under heavy rifle and mortar fire and single-handedly loaded and evacuated approximately forty-five casualties, working tirelessly and with utter disregard for his own safety during a grueling period of more than three hours. Despite intense, persistent enemy fire, he ran out to aid two men whom he believed to be wounded Marines but was himself mortally wounded by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his hazardous mission. Private First Class Agerholm's brilliant initiative, great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bill Gonyo
USS Agerholm (DD-826)
Agerholm 58kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 53kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 226kUndated, at Vancouver, BC.Chris Howell
Agerholm 69kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Agerholm 135kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Agerholm 151kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Agerholm 960kUndated, location unknown, prior to 1974.Craig Chaddock
493kUSS Agerholm (DD 826) entering San Francisco Bay, circa 1947-48. She about to go under the Golden Gate Bridge. Marin County coast is in the backgroundDarryl Baker
Agerholm 86kNavy Photo 7748-12-50, bow on view of USS Agerholm (DD 826) at the South end of Mare Island on 18 Dec 1950.Darryl Baker
Agerholm 88kNavy Photo 7750-12-50, broadside view of USS Agerholm (DD 826) at the South end of Mare Island on 18 Dec 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 21 Oct to 28 Dec 1950.Darryl Baker
Agerholm 97kNavy Photo 7751-12-50, stern view of USS Agerholm (DD 826) at the South end of Mare Island on 18 Dec 1950.Darryl Baker
Agerholm 67kUSS Baussell (DD-845), USS Rogers (DD-876) and USS Agerholm (DD-826) in San Diego July 1956.Everett Ellestad
Agerholm 109kSan Francisco 1957.Robert M. Cieri
Agerholm 138kUSS Agerholm is seen departing Mare Island on October 1 1960 after completion of her FRAM overhaul at the yard.Darryl Baker
Agerholm 202kUSS Angerholm (DD-826) underway on April 18 1961 after FRAM I conversion. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 107129.Robert Hurst/Mike Green
Agerholm 129kMay 11 1962 photo of the Agerholm firing an ASW ASROC rocket equipped with a nuclear depth charge. This weapon was the hope for the U.S. Navy fighting the Russian submarine menace, but two items thwarted its deployment; (1) the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and (2) the fragility of the destroyers' hulls when in the vicinity of a nuclear explosion. WW2 era hulls weren't built to withstand such stresses and shocks. This may be the only actual firing of the ASROC fitted with a nuclear depth charge as the test ban treaty went into effect shortly after this firing-
Agerholm 61kAs above. From the San Francisco NARA, Hunter's Point Historical Photo Collection. The submarine USS Razorback (SS-394) participated in the "SWORDFISH" nuclear weapons test. An ASROC with a nuclear depth charge warhead was fired by the destroyer Agerholm (DD-826) at a target raft from a range of 2 nautical miles. Razorback was submerged at periscope depth 2 nautical miles from the target raft. The ASROC weapon produced a powerful underwater shock wave which visibly shook Razorback and her crew. The resulting data was used to formulate tactical doctrine for ASROC, a weapon that remained in front-line service for nearly 30 years.Tracy White/Ron Reeves
Agerholm 98kAs above.Robert Hurst
Agerholm 270kThe USS Prairie (AD-15), USS Shields (DD-596), USS Agerholm (DD-826), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and an unidentified destroyer on August 20 1962, location unknown. NHC photo #94750.Ed Zajkowski
Agerholm 104kUSS Prairie (AD-15) with destroyers at San Diego, California, circa 20 August 1962. The ships alongside are USS Evans (DE-1023), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786), USS Agerholm (DD-826), and USS Shields (DD-596). U.S. Navy photo from the USS Prairie (AD-15) 1962-63 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Agerholm 178kWirephoto dated August 5 1964, USS Agerholm (DD-826) and USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786).Ron Reeves
Agerholm 244kConducting an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) with an unidentified auxiliary and destroyer USS Agerholm (DD-826). Photo from the Ranger's 1964–65 Cruise Book (5 August 1964–6 May 1965).John Slaughter
Agerholm 56kKaohsiung Taiwan, February 28 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Agerholm 85kUSS Intrepid CVS-11 refueling the Agerholm July 1967. Intrepid made three deloyments to Vietnam as an attack carrier with Attack Carrier Air Wing Ten (CVW-10) assigned. This picture was taken during the Intrepid's second deployment from 11 May to 30 December 1967. Three Grumman E-1B Tracer AEW-aircraft with their distinctive radomes are spotted on the end of the flight deck. These aircraft belonged to Carrier Early Warning Squadron (VAW-121) Det.11 Griffins.Larry Backus
Agerholm 179kAugust 22 1968, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Agerholm 63kSydney, Australia circa 1970's.Marc Piché
Agerholm 202kFrom October 1971 ALL HANDS magazine. Alonside the USS Piedmont (AD-17) during a Seventh Fleet deployment.Stanley Svec
Agerholm 110kSeptember 25 1973, location unknown.Chris Howell
Agerholm 30kSan Francisco July 1974.Marc Piché
Agerholm 71kanchored off Coronado, California, on 7 August 1976, with two dock landing ships and a tank landing ship in the background, in this view taken by Photographer 3rd Class C.M. Phelps. U.S. Naval Historical Centre. Photo # USN 1168655.Robert Hurst
Agerholm 90kFremantle, Australia 1978Graeme D. Fuller
Agerholm 102kUSS Enterprise (CVN-65) departs San Diego, California, 8 April 1978, on her 9th WestPac deployment and returning from her 21st and final WestPac deployment. Photos taken from USS Jouett (CG-29).Carl T. Orbann
Agerholm 77kVancouver July 25 1978.Marc Piché
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Decommissioning pamphlet - December 1 1978
Wolfgang Hechler
Agerholm 170kAuckland, New Zealand on December 7 1978.Chris Howell
Agerholm 175kU.S. Navy UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile hits (and sinks) the target ship USS Agerholm (DD-826), off Point Mugu, California, on 18 July 1982. The Tomahawk was launched from a distance of ca. 320 km from the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Guitarro (SSN-665). U.S. Defense imagery photos VIRIN: DN-SC-83-06574 and DN-SC-83-06575.Robert Hurst
Agerholm 180kAs above.Chris Howell
Agerholm 58kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 34kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Agerholm 165kDestroyer Division 12 patch.Ed Velasquez
Agerholm 20kNavy Task Group JTF -8 (Joint Task Force Eight) from the Nuclear Atmospheric Test Force in the Pacific, 1962.Chet Morris
Agerholm 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Agerholm 43kShip's Zippo circa 1977.John A. Altfeltis
Agerholm 47kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frank Dewey Schwartz    Jun 20 1946 - Aug 24 1947 (Later RADM)

CDR Paul Brennan Ryan    Aug 24 1948 - Dec 9 1948

CDR Earle Grace Gardner Jr.    Dec 9 1948 - Jul 6 1950

CDR Gorden Bennett Williams    Jul 6 1950 - Dec 22 1951

CDR Walter Joseph Stencil    Dec 22 1951 - May 23 1953

CDR William McKinley Price    May 23 1953 - May 28 1955

CDR Ebenezer Finley Porter    May 28 1955 - Nov 9 1956

CDR Charles W. Rogers    Nov 9 1956 - Jan 4 1958

CDR George Martin Metze    Jan 4 1958 - Aug 25 1959

CDR Elmer Ray Rath    Aug 25 1959 - May 25 1960

LCDR William McGowan Matthew    May 25 1960 - Feb 10 1961

CDR Victor Jay Sibert    Feb 10 1961 - May 3 1963

CDR Edward William Behm    May 3 1963 - Mar 30 1965

CDR Edmund Henry Ellis    Mar 30 1965 - Oct 4 1966

CDR John Donald Stensrud    Oct 4 1966 - Jul 11 1968

CDR Robert Treat Shultz    Jul 11 1968 - Feb 20 1970

CDR Francis Clephen Taylor    Feb 20 1970 - Jun 18 1971

CDR Walter Arthur Toehlke    Jun 18 1971 - Oct 13 1972

CDR James Parrish Cox    Oct 13 1972 - Oct 10 1973

LCDR Bruce Wheelon Hulbert    Oct 10 1973 - Nov 12 1973

CDR Jack Anthony Hodgens    Nov 12 1973 - Jan 17 1976

CDR Charles Patrick Ragan    Jan 17 1976 - Jan 24 1978

CDR Kenneth Randolph Barry    Jan 24 1978 - Dec 1 1978

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Don Baldwin
Address: 315 E Commerce, Grayville IL 62844
Phone: 618-375-6011

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