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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FAIRBANKS

Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME December 3 1956.
Launched January 4 1958 and commissioned April 3 1959.
Decommissioned December 15 1988.
Stricken January 31 1989.
Fate Originally transferred to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City in 1989.
Returned to the U.S. Navy in 2004.
Navy announces transfer to Saginaw Valley Ship Museum.
July 18 2012 towed by M/V Colonel to Sheboygan WI, arrived August 7 2012.
Museum opened 22 September 2013.

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Edson 57kMerritt Austin Edson born 25 April 1897 in Rutland, Vt., enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at the outbreak of World War I and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the regular Marine Corps 9 October 1917. He served in France from September 1918 to December 1919. In 1941 he directed experimental operations which included training with high-speed transports. These led to the organization of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion one month after the United States entered World War II. This battalion was the prototype for Marine Raider and Army Ranger Battalions formed later in the war. Edson led his battalion during the invasion and capture of Tulagi from 7 to 9 August 1942, then was assigned to defend the ridge on Guadalcanal which dominated Henderson Field. For his superb and heroic leadership on the night of 13 and 14 September when his men stood off a fanatic attack by a much larger Japanese force, Colonel Edson was awarded the Medal of Honor. He took part in the Tarawa invasion and in 1944 was appointed Chief of Staff, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. After duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Marine Corps Headquarters, Major General Edson retired 1 August 1947. He died 14 August 1955 in Washington, D.C. Photo Courtesy of the USMC Historical Division.Bill Gonyo
Edson 19kUndated, location unknown.-
Edson 21kUndated, as part of DESRON 13, the Blackcats, out of Long Beach, CA.Doug Walter
Edson 17kAs aboveDoug Walter
Edson 53kAs aboveDoug Walter
Edson 268kUndated, in New York City.Bill Gonyo
Edson 158kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Edson 84kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Edson 120kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edson 154kUndated, on the Detroit River with the skyline of Detroit in background.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Jonathan Mycek
Edson 120kUndated, off Point Loma, CA.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edson 117kUSS Du Pont (DD-941) outboard & USS Bigelow (DD-942) at the fitting out pier of Bath Iron Works in 1957. On the building ways are (from right to left) Hull (DD-945), Edson (DD-946) and Somers (DD-947).Robert Hurst
Edson 164kWestPac, November 16 1965, the USS Edson (DD-946) approaching the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) for underway refueling. Official U.S. Navy Photograph by PH3 G.S. Brown.Bill Gonyo
Edson 249kShips under repair at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in August 1966. The carrier USS Hancock (CVA 19) is to the left while USS Preston (DD 795) and Edson (DD 946) are in the yard's dry dock 4 and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is to the left. Photo is from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Edson 56kSubic Bay, The Philippines late May-early June 1967.Frank Goetz
Edson 82kTaken in 1968 from the USS Boston off the Vietnamese coast, the Edson is pictured coming alongside the combat stores ship, Niagara Falls (AFS-3).John Jazdzewski
Edson 75kTaken in mid 1968 from the HMAS Hobart (D39) off the Vietnamese coast.David Sutherland
Edson 34kEdson during naval gunfire support off the coast of VietNam during the WestPac cruise of 1971.Bill Heberling
Edson 108kWestPac cruise of 1971.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edson 72kUSS Edson DD 946, USS Theodore E. Chandler DD 717 and USS Ozbourn DD 846 circa 1973.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Edson 111kUSS Edson entering Pearl Harbor in early 1973 enroute Westpac. Official U.S. Navy photo.Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 177k1973 in the Tonkin Gulf.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 19k1973 probably on Yankee Station.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 21kJuly 1973 during Typhoon Anita.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 156kEscorting USS Coral Sea coming home from 1973 Westpac, November 1973.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 89kAs above.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 108kUSS Edson entering San Francisco June 1974. Official US Navy photo.Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 161kUSS Edson operating off Pearl Harbor December 1974. Official U.S. Navy photo.Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 161kTaken from USS Coral Sea, December 1974, in transit from Pearl Harbor to Subic Bay.Phil Toy
Edson 181kAs above.Phil Toy
Edson 109kAs above.Phil Toy
Edson 38kSeen from HMS Chichester, South China Sea, Operation SeaFox, March 1975.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 89kUSS Edson (DD-946) with USS Henry B. Wilson (DD-957) April 1975, prior to Operation Eagle Pull.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 175kUSS Edson (DD-946) in April 1975, prior to Operation Eagle Pull.R. Scott Noble, CAPT, USNR (Ret.)
Edson 69kMayport Florida, April 1978© Richard Leonhardt
Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson
Edson   Edson   Edson
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1980
Wolfgang Hechler
Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson
Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson   Edson
Change of Command pamphlet - January 19 1980
Wolfgang Hechler
Edson 256kMist surrounds three docked destroyers. The destroyers are, from left to right: the USS Manley (DD-940), the USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) and the USS Edson (DD-946), April 1 1982. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Edson 132kVisit to Montreal June 20, 1983.Marc Piché
Edson 75kVisit to Montreal June 20, 1983.Marc Piché
Edson 69kVisit to Montreal June 20, 1983.Marc Piché
Edson 24kSt. Lawrence River August 23 1984.Marc Piché
Edson 58kAug 17, 1986, Hampton Roads, Virginia: The destroyer USS Edson (DD-946) underway. The Edson was the last of the Forest Sherman-class destroyers remaining on the naval registry and was decommissioned Dec. 15, 1988.Fred Weiss
Edson 112kNew York City Intrepid Museum 1991.Graeme D Fuller
Edson 97kA series of photos of the Edson at the New York City Intrepid Museum, March 18 1995.Larry Backus
Edson 115kAs above.Larry Backus
Edson 124kAs above.Larry Backus
Edson 87kAs above.Larry Backus
Edson 87kImage of the USS Growler, USS Edson and USS Slater in New York March 1995.Larry Backus
Edson 132kMay 1, 1995, New York City, New York: The decommissioned destroyer USS Edson (DD-946) tied up at the Intrepid (CV-11) Museum during Fleet Week 95. The Edson is now a memorial ship.Fred Weiss
Edson 61kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard October 22 2004.Gil Bohannon
Edson 122kA series of 4 images from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during January 2008 including the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931) and the USS Edson (DD-946).William S. Meredith
Edson 177kAs above.William S. Meredith
Edson 206kAs above.William S. Meredith
Edson 148kAs above.William S. Meredith
Edson 86kTaken from the fantail of the USS Des Moines awaiting scrapping at NISMF. The 2 destroyers next to the Edson are the Forrest Sherman and then the Charles F. Adams taken June 26, 2006.Joe Hood
Edson 96kEdson from the port beam on June 27, 2006 at Philadelphia NISMF.Joe Hood
Edson 121kFive views of the Edson being towed from Philadelphia Navy Yard to it's new home at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, Bay City, Michigan on July 18 2012.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 226kAs above with the Forrest Sherman alongside.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 106kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 153kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 203kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 269kJuly 2012, the tug Colonel getting ready to tow the Edson to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 176kUSS Edson as it passed the Ambassador Bridge in the Detroit River on August 5 2012 under tow to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 145kAugust 6 2012, the Edson arrives in Bay City, Michigan.Ed Zajkowski
Edson 32kSeptember 22 2013 in Bay City, Michigan.Tim Rizzuto and Ron Reeves
Edson 173kAs above.Tim Rizzuto and Ron Reeves
Edson 185kAs above.Tim Rizzuto and Ron Reeves
Edson 217kAs above.Tim Rizzuto and Ron Reeves
Edson 39kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Edson 39kShip's patch.Bill Heberling
Edson 39kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp
Edson 81kShip's Plaque.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas John Moriarty    Nov 17 1958 - Nov 13 1959

CDR Cecil Bradford Collins Jr.    Nov 13 1959 - Aug 4 1961

CDR Melvin James Carpenter    Aug 4 1961 - Mar 17 1963

CDR John Jerome Herrick    Mar 17 1963 - Apr 27 1964

CDR Kenneth George Haynes    Apr 27 1964 - Feb 16 1966 (Later RADM)

CDR Jay J. Vermilya    Feb 16 1966 - Aug 31 1968

CDR John Snyder Holmes    Mar 31 1968 - Aug 27 1969

CDR Henry Francis Boyle Jr.    Aug 27 1969 - Sep 9 1970

CDR Thomas McCarthy Wallace    Sep 9 1970 - Jan 6 1972

CDR John Emory Roe Jr.    Jan 6 1972 - Aug 20 1973

CDR James Edward Shay    Aug 20 1973 - Nov 22 1975

CDR Boyden Tracy Steele    Nov 22 1975 - Nov 2 1977

CDR Gilbert Harvey McKelvey    Nov 2 1977 - Jan 9 1980

CDR John Paul Davis Jr.    Jan 9 1980 - Aug 3 1982

CDR Joseph Peter Marnane    Aug 3 1982 - Sep 30 1982

CDR Welbourne Frederick Bronaugh Jr.    Sep 30 1982 - Sep 22 1984

CDR David Robert Scheu    Sep 22 1984 - Aug 9 1986

CDR Gideon Wilcox Almy III    Aug 9 1986 - Dec 15 1988

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Passarella

Note About Contacts.

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