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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBCN

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - LAKEWOOD

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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME July 31 1945.
Launched March 2 1946 and commissioned May 23 1946.
Reclassified as AG-151 on August 25 1949.
Reclassified back to DD-849 on January 11 1954.

Completed FRAM upgrade May 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1976.
The Ship's Bell was taken to the Bicentennial Naval Review in NYC so that
VP Nelson Rockefeller could ring it! (Bill Cooper, last OPS Officer)
To South Korea February 23 1977, renamed Kwang Ju (DD-921).
Fate Retired from the South Korean Navy 29 Dec 2000.

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Kraus 42kRichard Edward Kraus, born at Chicago, III., 24 November 1925, enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve 24 December 1943. Following training at San Diego and Camp Pendleton during the first half of 1944, Private First Class Kraus was killed in action on Peleliu Island, Palau Group, 3 October 1944. He received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the 8th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Amphibious Corps, Fleet Marine Force. While trying to evacuate a wounded comrade from the frontlines, he threw himself on an enemy grenade saving the other members of his patrol. Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Kraus 71kUndated, location unknown.-
Kraus 141kUndated, location unknown.Ian MacCorquodale
Kraus 106kUndated, USS Platte (AO-24) refueling USS Richard E Kraus (DD-849).© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 49kUndated, location unknown.Nick Werle
Kraus 93kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Kraus 80kMatanzas, Cuba circa 1946-1947.George F. Kennedy
Kraus 266kCirca 1949, just after reclassification to AG-151. Note number on Mount two with 849 overpainted as 151.Raymond Hulick
Kraus 117kOur Navy Magazine, Mid-June 1954.Stanley Svec
Kraus 122kCirca mid 1950's.Marc Piché
Kraus 99kCirca mid 1950's in Norfolk with the USS Shenandoah (AD-26).Ron Reeves
Kraus 124kMid-1950s photograph of Kraus in the background while in the foreground the USS Mississippi (EAG-128, ex-BB-41) launches a Terrier guided missile. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57".Robert Hurst
Kraus 75kValetta, Malta March 28 1963.Marc Piché
Kraus 123kA Commendation (Battle Efficiency "E") for the USS Richard E Krauss DD-849 from August 9 1965.Gene McCallister
Kraus 19kUSS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849), USS Basilone (DD-824) and USS Fiske (DD-842) ready for Christmas 1965 at Newport, RI.Chief Ed Davis USN (Ret.)
Kraus 100kPanama Canal, January 25 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 64kPanama Canal, January 25 1966© Richard Leonhardt/Robert Hurst
Kraus 59kPanama Canal, January 25 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 47kPanama Canal, January 25 1966. (Night)© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 212kNaval Gunfire Support (NGFS) north of Da Nang, South Viet Nam in June 1966. Photos taken from the top of the Gun Director.Chief Edward Davis USN (Ret.)
Kraus 178kAs above. Results of rounds landing ashore.Chief Edward Davis USN (Ret.)
Kraus 132kAs above. Mount 51 firing.Chief Edward Davis USN (Ret.)
Kraus 57k23 June 1966 with the USS Oriskany (CV-34).© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 57k23 June 1966 in the Bashi Channel.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 65kSouth China Sea, July 4 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 54kSouth China Sea, July 4 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 45kSouth China Sea, July 7 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 55kSouth China Sea, July 7 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 89kSouth China Sea, July 7 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 46kSouth China Sea, July 7 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 129kUSS Sierra (AD-18) at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 February 1967 with six destroyers alongside including the Basilone (DD-824), Fiske (DD-842), Davis (DD-937), Richard E Kraus (DD-849), Harwood (DD-861), and the Gyatt (DD-712). Taken from the USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858).© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 90kMediterranean Sea, August 1967.© Richard Leonhardt
Kraus 119kDecember 1971, USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) and USS Vesole (DD-878) at Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.William C. Lander
Kraus 139kAt Genoa, Italy on October 29, 1974.Carlo Martinelli
Kraus 139kAt Genoa, Italy on October 29, 1974.Carlo Martinelli
Kraus 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Kraus 52kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Kraus 147kShip's patch circa 1959-1962.Rudy Hohenfeld
Kraus 155kShip's patch.Tommy Trampp
Kraus 156kShip's Shellback patch from January 8 1965.Gene McCallister
Kraus 82kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
On Republic of Korea Service
Kraus 19kThe USS Cavallaro (APD-128), USS WILLIAM R. RUSH (DD-714), USS RICHARD E.KRAUS (DD-849) retired at a ceremony on December 29, 2000 in Chinhae, South Kyongsang Province. In the photo DD-921 is the Kraus.Kyeong weon, Cheon (retired ROK Navy)

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert John Oliver    May 23 1946 - Nov 12 1947

CDR William Trygve Groner    Nov 12 1947 - Jul 10 1949

CDR Gideon Millard Boyd    Jul 10 1949 - Mar 1951

LCDR Powell Prestridge Vail, Jr.    Mar 1951 - Oct 20 1952

CDR Harold Theodore Goranson    Oct 20 1952 - 1954

CDR John Richard Zullinger    1954 - 1956

CDR Henry Ellis Hollingsworth    1956 - Oct 11 1958 

CDR Dale Calvin Reed    Oct 11 1958 - Aug 1 1960

CDR Donald Boyd Carpenter    Aug 1 1960 - Sep 12 1961

CDR Warren Messing Schofer    Sep 12 1961 - Apr 1963

CDR Richard Bruce Evans    Apr 1963 - ?

LCDR Charles Allen Reich    ? 1965 - ?

CDR Robert Lorne Scott    1966 - Oct 1967

CDR Roger Leonard Buck    Oct 1967 - May 1969

CDR Marcel Berthier Humber    May 1969 - 1971

CDR Julian Cleveland Patrick    1971 - 1972 

CDR Charles Edward Heiland    1972 - Oct 19 1973

CDR Peter Clauson Peterson, Jr.    Oct 19 1973 - Nov 26 1975 

CDR Andrew Janke Conklin    Nov 26 1975 - Jun 24 1976

CDR George Jeremiah Ellis    Jun 24 1976 - Jul 1 1976 

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Simon
Address: 432 Third Avenue, Bellmawr, NJ 08031
Phone: (856) 933-9483
E-mail: None

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.

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