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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NOGG

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PARKLAND

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 Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging, Seattle. December 20 1956.
Launched September 24 1957 and commissioned February 5 1959.
Decommissioned December 15 1982.
Stricken February 7 1990.
Fate Sunk as a target off Kauai Hawaii, May 12 1997.

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Edwards 92kRichard Stanislaus Edwards, born in Philadelphia, Pa., 18 February 1885, was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1903. He was commissioned ensign on 13 September 1908 and through subsequent advancement attained the rank of admiral, to date from 13 April 1945, and was transferred to the retired list of the U.S. Navy in that rank on 1 July 1947. During World War I, he served as engineer officer on board Kentucky (BB-6), then as gunnery officer on board Kansas (BB-21) and Arkansas (BB-33). His commands included Wood (DD-317); Submarine Squadron 6; Submarine Base, New London, Conn.; Colorado (BB-45); Submarines, Patrol Force; and Submarines, Atlantic Fleet. During World War II he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and then Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. For his World War II service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He subsequently served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Commander, Western Sea Frontier, and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet. He died at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, Calif., 2 June 1956.Bill Gonyo
Edwards 20kUndated, location unknown.-
Edwards 33kUndated, location unknown.Phil Collier
Edwards 53kUndated, location unknown.Phil Collier
Edwards 76kUndated, location unknown.Phil Collier
Edwards 29kUndated, location unknown.Phil Collier
Edwards 22kUndated, views of her destruction.Phil Collier
Edwards 37kAs above.Phil Collier
Edwards 47kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Edwards 57kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Edwards 182kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edwards 113kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edwards 139kUndated, entering San Diego.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edwards 115kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edwards 136kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Edwards 145kUSS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) underway, December 22 1958, location unknown. United States Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Lofberg 103kCirca 1959-1962, photo by Robert Parrott crewman of the USS Midway (CVA-41).John Parrott
Edwards 76kCirca 1972, location unknown.Cdr Tom Sparkman
Edwards 56kCirca 1972, location unknown.Cdr Tom Sparkman
Edwards 61kSydney, Australia September 1981.Marc Piché
Edwards 127kDN-SN-86-06900. The crew of the destroyer USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD 950) disembarks following the ship's decommissioning. Pearl Harbor photo by PH2 Head, November 5 1982.Bill Gonyo
Edwards 111kDN-SN-86-06895. Crew members man the rails during the decommissioning of the destroyer USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD 950). Pearl Harbor photo by PH2 Head, November 5 1982.Bill Gonyo
Edwards 101kDN-ST-86-09571. June 24 1986, a view of several mothballed ships at anchor near Beckoning Point, in the East Loch of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. They are, left to right, the guided-missile destroyer Somers (DDG 34), and the destroyers Morton (DD 948) and Richard S. Edwards (DD 950). U.S. Navy Photo by Don S. Montgomery.Robert M. Cieri
Edwards 127kTwo views showing her at Pearl Harbor circa 1987 rigged as a Japanese Cruiser for the film War and Remembrance.Chris Howell
Edwards 134kAs above.Chris Howell
Edwards 165kCirca 1993-1994, Mare Island Naval Shipyard.Ron Reeves
Edwards 176kCirca 1993-1994, Mare Island Naval Shipyard. USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950), USS Falgout (DER-324) and USS Picking (DD-685).Ron Reeves
Edwards 53kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Edwards 35kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Edwards 211kShip's flag of the destroyer USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950). This unofficial was flag flown when the ship was out at sea. The flag was designed by a crew member and was flown from April 1978 until August 1980. Collection of Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 2010-125-1.Robert Hurst
Edwards 26kShip's ashtray.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Richard Rhodes Law    Feb 5 1959 - Jan 6 1961

CDR Henry Ehrman (Tim) Thornhill Jr.    Jan 6 1961 - Jul 14 1962

CDR Robert Addington Hogsed    Jul 14 1962 - Aug 1 1964

CDR Jack Edward Evans    Aug 1 1964 - Feb 16 1966

CDR John Daniel Owens    Feb 16 1966 - Aug 24 1967

CDR Closkey Lee (Clay) Blair Jr.    Aug 24 1967 - May 8 1968

LCDR Bruce Alan Tager    May 8 1968 - Aug 15 1968

CDR James Edward (Joe) Murray    Aug 15 1968 - Feb 27 1970

(Decommissioned Feb 27 1970 - Jan 15 1971)

CDR Walter Clarence (Jack) Deal Jr.    Jan 15 1971 - Aug 16 1972

CDR Lloyd Keith Rice    Aug 16 1972 - Feb 16 1974

CDR Alan Elroy Witham    Feb 16 1974 - Apr 17 1976

CDR John Wimberly Walker    Apr 17 1976 - Apr 1 1978

CDR Richard Elwood Barbour    Apr 1 1978 - Aug 11 1980

CDR James Emery Traver    Aug 11 1980 - Apr 23 1982

CAPT Donald Deford Clark    Apr 23 1982 - May  6 1982 (Acting)

CDR Jerry Robert Bailey    May 6 1982 - Dec 15 1982

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

None Located
Contact Name: Tom Petersen
Address: 4044 Hwy AA , Half Way, MO 65663
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.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Richard S. Edwards website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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