USS WALLACE L. LIND (DD-703)
Wallace L. Lind (DD-703) was laid down on 14 February 1944 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
N.J.; launched on 14 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Wallace L. Lind; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 8 September 1944
Comdr. G. DeMetropolis in command.
which took Wallace L. Lind from the New York Navy Yard to Bermuda and back
extended through 2 November 1944. Departing Virginia en route to the Pacific on 14 November
she transited the Panama Canal on the 27th and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 13 December and underwent upkeep and training exercises. Wallace L. Lind and Tracy (DM-19) took leave of Hawaii on 23 December
escorting Enterprise (CV-6) to Ulithi. Tracy left the formation and proceeded to Eniwetok
and she was replaced by Frazier (DD-607).
On 5 January 1945
the destroyer made rendezvous with Fast Carrier Task Force 38 under Admiral W. F. Halsey
3d Fleet in New Jersey (BB-62). Air strikes against Luzon began on 6 January 1945 and were followed by strikes against Formosa
the Pescadore Islands
and Hong Kong. Photo reconnaissance planes surveyed Okinawa Gunto in preparation for the upcoming invasion. On 23 January
Wallace L. Lind left the area north of Luzon and arrived at Ulithi three days later for upkeep.
The destroyer reported for duty with Task Force (TF) 68
a fast carrier task force
on 11 February 1945. On 16 February
carrier planes conducted raids in the Tokyo area and
the following afternoon
retired toward Iwo Jima
with the carrier planes conducting air searches en route.
On 19 February 1945 the carriers launched aircraft as cover for the initial landing of troops on Iwo Jima. These operations continued through 25 February when strikes again commenced against Tokyo. During the above actions
Wallace L. Lind was assigned to screen the carriers and to assist in mail deliveries and transfer of personnel.
Wallace L. Lind's destroyer group departed the Honshu area on 27 February and set course for Okinawa
arriving four days later. On 1 March
this vessel acted as a plane guard for strikes against Okinawa and Minami Daito. Upon recovery of the strike planes
the task group set course for Ulithi
After a period of routine upkeep
Wallace L. Lind set course for Kyushu where the first air strikes were launched on 18 March. Numerous enemy aircraft appeared sporadically throughout this first day. The second day saw strikes and sweeps against Kyushu targets
as well as a special sweep on Kii Suido. Two Japanese planes closed the formation
and the destroyer opened fire. Both planes were destroyed by gunfire.
Wallace L. Lind departed the area on 19 March. The destroyer temporarily joined a unit which proceeded to execute shore bombardment against Minami Daito on 28 March. The following day
strikes were launched against airfields on Kyushu. Lind exploded two floating mines and fired on an enemy torpedo plane which crashed shortly afterward. While commencing a southerly retirement
Wallace L. Lind executed a strike against Amami Gunto en route.
On 30 and 31 March 1945
strikes and sweeps over Okinawa Gunto provided cover for D-day landing operations. The operations in that area continued
with intermittent strikes against Amami Gunto and refueling and rearming operations
throughout April. On 7 April
dawn search planes reported contact with units of the Japanese Fleet consisting of one battleship (later identified as Yamato)
two light cruisers
and eight destroyers. All available planes of the three task groups
were launched to make the strike. Upon their return
they reported sinking the battleship
and three destroyers. During the month of April
Wallace L. Lind destroyed two enemy planes and made three assists.
The month of May was spent participating in strikes against Okinawa Gunto
and the Amami O'Shima-Kikai Jima area. Wallace L. Lind performed various duties ranging from screening the carriers to recovering downed pilots. During these operations
Japanese kamikaze planes dove on TF 58
hitting both Enterprise (CV-6) and Bunker Hill (CV-17). The destroyer participated in one shore bombardment
sank three mines
shot down three Japanese planes
and had two assists.
This marked the end of a period of continuous steaming from 14 March 1945 when Wallace L. Lind started from Ulithi with TF 58 in support of the Okinawan occupation. On 1 June
Wallace L. Lind arrived at San Pedro Bay
and went alongside Dixie (AD-14) for availability through 12 June. The remainder of June was spent in various training exercises and getting the ship ready for sea.
On 1 July 1945
Wallace L. Lind
in company with ships of Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 62
got underway from San Pedro Bay in advance of the heavy ships of Task Group (TG) 38.3 to provide an antisubmarine screen for their sortie. Nine days later
the vessel arrived at the area off the east coast of Honshu
and the task group launched strikes against the Tokyo plains area. Wallace L. Lind assumed duty as a picket station
then acted as a communication link between task groups. On 14 July 1945
she joined the carrier strikes on the east coast of Honshu and the northern Honshu-Hokkaido target area.
After refueling east of the Bonin Islands
Wallace L Lind returned to the operating area off the east coast of Kyushu on 24 July. She was then in position to act as a picket in the "Able Day" strikes against the Kure area. On 30 July
the task group launched strikes at air installations in the Tokyo-Nagoya area. The next day
the ships retired on a southerly course for replenishment. On 8 August
planes hit northern Honshu -end Hokkaido as well as the Tokyo plains area. Wallace L. Lind received official word that the war with Japan had ceased on 15 August 1945. The task group moved to the southeast of Tokyo with all ships taking precautions against attacking enemy aircraft which persisted
in some cases
despite the war's end.
On 1 September
the destroyer went alongside Shangri-La (CV-38) and took on board Vice Admiral John H. Towers and staff and then transported them to Tokyo Bay for the surrender ceremonies. Vice Admiral Towers shifted his flag from Shangri-La to Wallace L. Lind and
upon completion of the ceremonies the following day
returned to Shangri-La.
The destroyer took part in maintaining air patrols and searches over northern Japan in connection with the occupation
on 21 September
set course for Eniwetok. She underwent availability through 6 October and spent the remainder of the month in upkeep and training exercises in Tokyo Bay.
Wallace L. Lind and John W. Weeks (DD-701) departed Tokyo Bay on 31 October for Sasebo
where she spent the final months of 1945 operating between Sasebo and Okinawa. On 5 January 1946
the destroyer stopped briefly at Eniwetok before commencing her homeward journey. She arrived at her home port of Norfolk
on 19 February 1946
after stopping at Pearl Harbor and San Francisco and transiting the Panama Canal.
From 9 March through 26 April
Wallace L. Lind underwent tender availability
a leave period
and training at Casco Bay
Maine. She then traveled to Charleston
where she underwent restricted availability and operated with John W. Weeks until 12 July when her home port was changed to New Orleans. Wallace L. Lind then empaneled Naval Reserve training cruises in the Caribbean. This type of operations characterized her activity for the next several years.
On 7 January 1949
the destroyer returned to Norfolk
and conducted operations out of that port until 6 September. The next day
she made rendezvous with TF 89 and commenced a Mediterranean cruise which lasted through 26 January 1960 when she returned to Norfolk
Wallace L. Lind spent the greater part of 1950 engaged in training operations and a cruise to the Caribbean. On 6 September
the destroyer sailed for the Far East and the Korean War. The ship arrived off the coast of Korea on 13 October and centered her movements around Wonsan Harbor
then under siege with frequent interruptions for blockade patrol and bombardment missions in the vicinity of Songjin and Hungnam.
During the period 17 to 24 December
Wallace L. Lind took part as an active member of what was said by many to be one of the mightiest naval forces ever assembled in short range support of ground forces.
This was in the defense of Hungnam and in the support of the eventual evacuation.
Throughout the entire month of January 1951
Wallace L. Lind operated as a member of the East Korea Blockade Group and attended to duties such as naval gunfire support and support of minesweeping operations.
The destroyer spent February conducting special intelligence missions which included shore bombardment
and screening duties in the area of Kangnung and placing intelligence teams ashore in the areas of Wonsan
and ChongJin. The ship conducted many gunfire support missions against targets spotted by these intelligence teams. On 20 February Wallace L. Lind
along with Ozbourn (DD-846) and Charles S. Sperry (DD-697)
engaged in the rescue of a pilot who had crash-landed in Wonsan harbor. While the three ships were attempting rescue operations shore batteries opened fire on them
and Wallace L. Lind successfully returned fire.
On 15 March 1951
a seven-ship naval bombardment of the Wonsan district resulted in reported enemy casualties of some 6
000. The following afternoon
shore batteries fired at the ships in the harbor
and counter battery fire from the destroyers began in a matter of seconds. Gun positions were taken under fire
and several explosions were noted on the peninsula. On 17 March
Wallace L. Lind patrolled independently from Wonsan south along the coast. The ship took the city of Kosong under fire and exposed and silenced a camouflaged shore battery located south of Suwon Dan lighthouse.
Wallace L. Lind departed the Korean area on 9 May 1951 and arrived at Pearl Harbor 10 days later
having stopped at Yokosuka and Midway en route. She transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Norfolk
on 9 June.
After a brief trip to New York
the destroyer departed Norfolk on 26 August 1952 for a Mediterranean deployment. She returned to Norfolk on 4 February 1953 and spent several months in her home port. On 19 November
the destroyer departed for refresher training at Guantanamo
returning on 14 December to spend the holiday season at Norfolk. On 4 January 1954
the ship returned to the Guantanamo area for the remainder of the month. On 31 January 1954
Wallace L. Lind returned to Norfolk where she remained through 10 May. Commencing 11 May
the destroyer operated off the Middle Atlantic coast and returned to her home port nine days later. On 1 June
she set course for Key West and operated in that area and the Gulf of Honduras until the 25th of June when she arrived back at Norfolk and remained there until 7 September. At that time
she again made a brief cruise off the Middle Atlantic coast before departing on a transatlantic voyage.
On 22 September
Wallace L. Lind arrived at Lisbon
Portugal. After a stay of five days
the destroyer departed for a brief stop at Bermuda before returning to Norfolk on 8 October. She took part in Operation "Lantflex 1-55" which ran from 20 to 29 October. On 1 November
the ship returned to Norfolk and remained at her home port through the 1st of May 1955.
On 2 May 1955
Wallace L. Lind got underway for a cruise to several European countries including England
and Portugal as well as Reykjavik
Iceland. While in Germany the crew had the pleasure of sailing through the Kiel Canal to participate in the International Sailing Regatta. The destroyer returned to Norfolk
on 19 August and remained in port until 10 October when she set course for Philadelphia
where she underwent an extensive overhaul which lasted through 12 February 1956.
The destroyer then returned to her home port and spent several weeks before departing for Guantanamo and various training exercises which lasted through 23 March 1956. On 27 March
the ship returned to Norfolk and conducted operations in the Virginia capes area and as far north as New York. She arrived back at Norfolk on 21 June and stayed in port for approximately one month.
On 28 July 1956
Wallace L. Lind set course for the Middle East to screen the evacuation of American citizens during hostilities between Egypt and Israel. She arrived at Port Said and the Suez Canal on 13 August; and
for the next two months
she visited ports in Saudi Arabia
and Aden before departing the area on 14 September for Naples
and Malta. The destroyer arrived at Phaleron Bay
on 15 October and remained through 27 October when she departed for home. On 4 December
Wallace L. Lind returned to Norfolk where she remained until 2 February 1957.
the ship arrived at the operations area outside of San Juan
on 5 February. She conducted exercises through 11 February when she headed for Kingston Jamaica
and Guantanamo before arriving back at Norfolk on 7 March 1957. Wallace L. Lind then operated along the east coast before finally departing Norfolk on 25 June for a Middle East deployment. The ship arrived at Norfolk on 20 November and remained there until 4 January 1958.
On 6 January 1958
Lind set out for a month of exercises in the Caribbean. The ship returned to Norfolk on 7 February and
one week later
went into the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for three months of overhaul. On 27 May
the destroyer returned to the naval base
then set course for Guantanamo and underwent refresher training through 18 July.
Upon her return to Norfolk
Wallace L. Lind conducted local operations until 24 October 1958 when she was deployed to the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet. On 5 November
she reached Barcelona
then headed for the Middle East
making stops in the areas of the Suez Canal
Gulf of Aden
and the Persian Gulf. On 14 January 1959
the destroyer arrived at Livorno
and spent the remainder of the cruise operating between Italy and Spain. She made a brief stop at Cannes
before starting the trip homeward. Wallace L. Lind arrived at Norfolk
on 8 April 1959 and participated in services and type training until July when she entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an interim refitting and docking period. For the remainder of the year
she operated from her home port
making trips to Mayport
and Narragansett Bay
acting under the control of COMASWFORLANT for duty with the antisubmarine warfare hunter/killer forces.
Wallace L. Lind operated with these forces through 29 June 1960 when she took on board 27 NROTC midshipmen for their annual training cruise. The destroyer demonstrated her antisubmarine warfare proficiency during this six-week outing which included stops at Halifax
and New York City.
Throughout August and September
the destroyer prepared for NATO fall exercises in the North Atlantic. On 6 September
she sailed from Norfolk and spent four weeks operating at sea with NATO forces. It was during this cruise that she crossed the Arctic Circle
and all were initiated into the Royal Order of the Blue Noses.
After returning to Norfolk on 20 October
Wallace L. Lind kept occupied with type training and miscellaneous services until December when she rejoined COMASWFORLANT for a brief assignment with the hunter/killer forces.
Wallace L. Lind welcomed in the new year
while at sea with COMASWFORLANT. On 13 February she sailed for the Caribbean and "Springboard 61." She returned to Norfolk
conducted local operations
and underwent upkeep commencing on 26 May.
On 1 June 1961
Wallace L. Lind's tender availability was interrupted when the destroyer was ordered to proceed
in company with other units of the 2d Fleet to the Dominican Republic. After three weeks of carrier task group operations
and shore bombardment exercises the international crisis in that area lessened
and the destroyer returned to Norfolk on 20 June.
Lind provided services as a DesLant Gunnery School ship at Newport
from 23 June until 7 July. While participating in "Lantflex 2-61
" the destroyer spent the period between 17 and 27 July with midshipmen from the Naval Academy embarked on their summer cruise.
From 11 August until 22 September 1961
the ship participated in Project "Mercury" and was assigned to an area just south of the Canary Islands. She returned to Norfolk on 22 September and remained in upkeep status through 1 October.
On 16 October
Wallace L. Lind began a pre-FRAM availability
one month later
she underwent FRAM II conversion. This overhaul amounted to a complete renewal of her after superstructure
a new and modern combat information center
and modernization or complete overhaul of almost all machinery
and living accommodations. Changes to weapons systems involved adding to the previously installed Hedgehog mounts two new side torpedo racks amidships for current inventory torpedoes. Immediately aft of the torpedo deck on the 01 level of the new superstructure
a hangar area and flight deck
from which the new Drone Antisubmarine Helicopter (DASH) could operate
was installed. Also installed was a variable depth sonar rig adding coverage for submarine search at various depth levels.
Wallace L. Lind was declared ready for sea on 25 August 1962. On 7 September
she arrived at Guantanamo for refresher training. After successfully completing the final operational readiness inspection on 17 October
the destroyer departed Guantanamo for Culebra Island thence to Key West. However
while en route to Florida
the Cuban Missile Crisis intervened; and
on 21 October
the ship returned to Guantanamo. When the immediate crisis had ended
Wallace L. Lind returned to Norfolk on 28 November and commenced a needed in-port period of upkeep and preparation for the final outfitting with DASH.
The destroyer followed a two-week visit to Key West as a Fleet Sonar School ship in March 1963 with a trip to Argentia
Newfoundland. This voyage north was interrupted by the tragic news of the loss of Thresher (SSN-593). Wallace L. Lind
which was in the immediate vicinity at the time
joined in the search.
The destroyer completed the year's competitive exercises in May and was occupied with rocket and missile firings in June. She participated in the development acceptance program incident to Polaris missile firings for Lafayette (SSBN-616) off Cape Kennedy. During this period
Wallace L. Lind hosted the Commander in Chief
Atlantic Fleet and Commander
Atlantic Fleet as observers of the launches. She also hosted the Secretary of Defense
the Secretary of the Navy
and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Wallace L. Lind became the first operationally qualified DASH destroyer in the Atlantic Fleet during trials in July of l963.
In November 1963
the destroyer joined the operational forces of COMASWFORLANT and participated in an antisubmarine warfare demonstration for the American Helicopter Society in the Narragansett Bay area. During ensuing antisubmarine warfare operations with Task Group Bravo
Wallace L. Lind engaged fast nuclear submarines in hunter/killer operations and proved herself fully ready as a unit of the "HUK Team."
Upon completion of a Christmas leave and upkeep period in January 1964
Wallace L. Lind departed for antisubmarine warfare barrier operations in the Caribbean and participated in Operation "Springboard." In early March
the destroyer acted as the special project ship for the Gemini/Apollo test program. Large cranes were installed on the fantail for recovery of space capsules
and Lind worked with NASA officials successfully recovering mock-up capsules.
During April and May
Wallace L. Lind joined Task Group Bravo for antisubmarine warfare operations and
she took part in Operation "Quick Kick
' a large fleet exercise. Having undergone restricted availability for hull and bottom work at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.
the ship spent the month of July in preparation for a forthcoming Mediterranean deployment.
On 3 August 1964
Wallace L. Lind departed for the Mediterranean and served as flagship for Capt. Maylon T. Scott
Destroyer Division 22. She participated in exercises as part of a fast carrier task force and conducted numerous community relations programs in the various ports visited. The destroyer returned to Norfolk
three days before Christmas after earning a well-deserved leave and upkeep period.
Wallace L. Lind remained moored at the Naval Destroyer and Submarine Pier
until 25 January when she got underway and exercised independently. On 29 January
she moored at the Naval Base San Juan
and conducted local operations in the San Juan operating areas through 8 February. The destroyer arrived at Norfolk on 12 February and remained moored until late March when she got underway for refueling and rearming. She returned to the
Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 31 March for regular overhaul followed by drydock in May. On 28 June 1965 Wallace L. Lind got underway for two days of trials in the Virginia capes operating area. She returned to her berth at Norfolk and remained there for almost a month.
The ship got underway on 23 July for Key West
Fla. where she conducted various antiair and antisubmarine warfare exercises. She finished the month at Port Everglades
Fla. On 5 August
Lind arrived at Mayport Fla.
four days later
took departure for Guantanamo Bay
arriving on 12 August.
Having successfully completed post-overhaul trials and shakedown
Wallace L. Lind departed Guantanamo on 25 September. The destroyer made stops at Culebra and Roosevelt Roads
as well as Charlotte Amalie
Saint Thomas. She returned to Norfolk on 1 October 1965. On 25 October
the ship got underway and finished the month conducting exercises in the Jacksonville
Wallace L. Lind returned to Norfolk on 5 November and prepared for a transatlantic deployment which commenced on 27 November. She stopped briefly at Gibraltar on 8 December
then visited Livorno and Naples
The New Year 1966 found Wallace L. Lind at Naples the second of her Mediterranean cruise ports. The destroyer operated out of ports in Italy
and Spain and participated in a two-week search for a nuclear weapon lost off the coast of Spain. On 9 March
she joined Franco-American forces for an already-inprogress amphibious exercise off the coast of Santa Monza
Corsica. On 16 March
the ship began her homeward journey and arrived at Norfolk
10 days later.
From 18 April to 6 May
Wallace L. Lind conducted ASW operations with other units of DesRon 2 and three German destroyers. She then participated in the orientation of Wasp (CVS-18) at Guantanamo Bay; and
upon her return to Norfolk
she remained in port for almost a month. The summer months from June through September were spent working with Fleet Sonar School
and conducting a midshipmen summer cruise.
On 7 September
the destroyer headed for the Gemini Recovery Station off the Florida coast and was responsible for emergency recovery of the Gemini II astronauts should an abort of the mission occur within the first three minutes of flight. The remainder of the year was spent conducting various antisubmarine warfare exercises including "Aswex V" which was prematurely terminated by the collision of the Essex (CV-9) and Nautilus (SSN-571). The ship then underwent predeployment overhaul.
On 10 January 1967
Wallace L. Lind departed the Destroyer and Submarine Pier
and commenced a Mediterranean tour. During the eastward transit
Wallace L. Lind had a unique experience in antisubmarine warfare practice. The highlight of the cruise came when
after 26 hours of continuous tracking
the officers and crew of the destroyer
in coordination with other forces
successfully surfaced a Soviet "Foxtrot" submarine off the Straits of Gibraltar on 21 January.
The ship visited ports in Italy
and France before steaming from Naples on 30 March to rendezvous for Operation "Dawn Clear 67
" a combined exercise with the NATO forces. Wallace L. Lind also participated in Operation "Spanex 1 67
" an exercise with the Spanish Navy
and Operation "Fair Game V" with the French Navy. On 11 May
the destroyer began the journey home and arrived at Norfolk on 20 May 1967.
After several weeks of type training
the ship spent July
and September taking part in ASW Exercise "Fixwex Golf 67"
Operation "Lash Out
" a NATO exercise which simulated an attack on the east coast
as well as various other exercises and tender availability. On 3 October
Wallace L. Lind arrived at the Boston Naval Shipyard to have a special sound source installed in place of the variable depth sonar. She then headed for the Bahama Islands to take part in Operation "Fixwex I
" an exercise designed to measure submarine and task group noise levels. The destroyer spent the remainder of 1967 undergoing availability and in leave and upkeep. During this period
the special sound source was removed
and the ship was returned to her original configuration.
During January 1968
Wallace L. Lind participated in Operation "Springboard" in the Caribbean. The exercise was completed on 6 February
upon her return to Norfolk
the destroyer provided pro-submarine services for SUBLANT
followed by an extended period of availability and pre-deployment preparations.
The ship began an eight-month distant deployment on 9 April by steaming out of Norfolk for the Western Pacific (WestPac) via the Panama Canal. After stopping at Pearl Harbor and Guam
she reached Subic Bay Philippine Islands
on 20 May. Five days later
Wallace L. Lind headed toward the Gulf of Tonkin acting as screen command for America (CVA-66). Upon arrival
she assumed duty as screen commander and plane guard destroyer for Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
and also joined Enterprise (CVAN-65) for more plane guard duty. After a brief period of leave on 1 July
Lind returned to her station in the Gulf of Tonkin and served as plane guard for Bonne Homme Richard (CVA-31)
relieved Steinaker (DD-863) as southwest AAW picket
and again operated with Ticonderoga.
From 17 July through 9 October
the destroyer took three turns on the "Gunline" off the DMZ. During this period
she visited Subic Bay and Hong Kong for liberty. Departing the "Gunline" on 9 October
Wallace L. Lind stopped at Yokosuka
and made preparations for the return voyage across the Pacific. She arrived at Norfolk on 27 November 1968 and finished up the year in a period of leave
and post deployment repairs.
The year 1969 was devoted almost entirely to maintenance and training. On 27 January
Wallace L. Lind reported to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard
for regular overhaul which was completed on 10 June. The vessel spent a month in Norfolk preparing for "Project X-SI
on 24 July
she set course for San Juan for testing her new additions. The destroyer returned to Norfolk for the final evaluation of the project on 14 August. On 17 September
the ship arrived at Guantanamo for refresher training which lasted through 20 November. During the month of October
Wallace L. Lind's home port was changed to Pearl Harbor effective on 1 January 1970.
The destroyer spent January and February of 1970 conducting a brief excursion in the Virginia capes - Florida areas. She arrived back at Norfolk on 8 March for tender availability. After a series of delays
Wallace L. Lind made a colorful arrival in Hawaii on 18 April
having transited the Panama Canal and visited San Diego.
Throughout May and June
the destroyer qualified as a naval gunfire ship and participated in "Comtuex
" an exercise in antisubmarine and antiair warfare and all facets of destroyer seamanship. She then conducted ASW operations with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force submarine Michishio (SS-564) in preparation for "Aswex 1-70
" a joint United States
and British Commonwealth ASW exercise which lasted from 19 to 26 June. A period of tender availability followed.
On 12 August 1970
Wallace L. Lind sailed out of Pearl Harbor to commence deployment to WestPac. She arrived at Subic Bay
on 27 August for type training and embarked COMDESDIV 252. The destroyer then made rendezvous with America (CVA-66) to act as a plane guard destroyer. From 14 to 17 September
Lind participated in antiair warfare Exercise "Beacon Tower" in the Gulf of Tonkin. On 21 September
she arrived at Okinawa for fuel and embarked a Beachjumper Unit. Two days later
the destroyer again made rendezvous with America for operations in the Sea of Japan
followed by upkeep at Yokosuka and Sasebo Japan
where she debarked COMDESDIV 252.
On 19 October
Wallace L. Lind embarked three Japanese officers to act as observers for "ASWEX 5-70
" a week-long exercise which got underway on 22 October. The destroyer arrived at Yokosuka
and underwent upkeep prior to departure for Taiwan on 9 November. After a brief Taiwan patrol and a stop at Subic Bay on 16 November
the destroyer got underway for "FIREX" and conducted typhoon evasion exercises.
On 28 November
Wallace L. Lind arrived at her station on the "Gunline" off the coast of South Vietnam. She conducted operations through 12 December when she departed for Hong Kong. Two days later she arrived in the port of Hong Kong and relieved Vernon County (LST-1161) as SOPA.
Wallace L. Lind departed Hong Kong on 5 January 1971. The destroyer spent the month of January rotating plane guard duty among Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
and Ranger (CVA-61). On 4 February
the destroyer performed amphibious operations off the coast of South Vietnam
on 11 February
she proceeded independently to Subic Bay
to prepare for her return to Pearl Harbor. Wallace L. Lind arrived in Hawaii on the morning of 26 February 1971.
During March and April
the crew enjoyed a well earned rest
and the ship received some necessary repairs. The destroyer
conducted various exercises in the Hawaiian operating areas
throughout May and June. On 27 July
Wallace L. Lind departed
Pearl Harbor for Portland
her new home port. Upon her
arrival on 4 August
the destroyer assumed a new mission as a
Naval Reserve ship responsible for the training of inactive duty
reservists from the western United States. By 31 August
had completed her transition to the Naval Reserve Force and
embarked upon a cruise to the Washington-Oregon coastal area
which lasted through 10 September. One month later
destroyer underwent tender availability at San Diego
Portland one month later
and tied up at Swan Island where she
remained through the close of 1971.
and March of 1972 were spent undergoing
repairs at Portland. On 25 March
Wallace L. Lind set to sea
and conducted gunnery exercises off the coast of Washington
then sailed to San Francisco where she rearmed before returning
to Portland. On 6 April
the destroyer got underway for Seattle
the first of six such trips that she would make in the
next eight months. While in Washington
she attended the
Daffodil Festival at Tacoma. Wallace L. Lind conducted a
reservist training cruise to Pearl Harbor
arriving on 24 June. In
the destroyer sailed north to Juneau
Juneau Salmon Derby. She followed this trip with a transit of the
Columbia River to the Astoria Regatta festival. During
Wallace L. Lind's only sea time was a three day
junket to Esquimalt
with her select reserve
crew embarked for training purposes. On 24 October
underway for San Diego and a three-week availability. On 18
Wallace L. Lind set sail for her home port of
where she remained for the rest of the year.
The last year of her commissioned service saw Wallace L.
Lind become active in the recruiting effort as well as in her
duties as a Naval Reserve training ship. From 9 to 25 January
the ship underwent restricted availability in Portland
was discovered that drydocking was necessary to correct some
hull problems. On 12 February
the destroyer entered drydock
for a nine-day period. After rearming at Bangor Wash.
headed south and arrived at San Diego on 1 March. The
destroyer conducted three days of local operations; then
with James C. Owens (DD-776)
cruised to Mazatlan
Wallace L. Lind returned to San Diego on 17 March and
conducted a brief period of operations with a reserve crew. On
the ship cruised to Anchorage Alaska
to participate in
a mass recruiting effort which included conducting ship's visits
and a "Go Navy" cruise. After a final INSURV inspection in
Lind remained berthed at her home port until she cruised
to participate in the 4th of July celebration.
On 1 August
Wallace L. Lind departed Portland for Hawaii.
two days out of San Francisco
she developed engine
trouble and limped back to port. On 17 August
the ship steamed
out of San Francisco and returned to Portland.
On 25 September
Wallace L. Lind passed the familiar
Columbia lightship for the last time as she sailed for San Diego.
After spending the weekend conducting tours
she moved to the
naval station on 1 October. Work was then begun in earnest to
prepare Wallace L. Lind for decommissioning and transfer to
the Republic of Korea under the Military Assistance Program.
The first contingent of Korean officers and men arrived on 16
with the majority arriving in San Diego on 29 and 30
November. Wallace L. Lind was decommissioned and stricken
from the Navy list on 4 December 1973 and officially transferred
on that date to the
Republic of Korea. She served that navy as Dae Gu (DD-97)
Wallace L. Lind earned four battle stars for World War II
four for service in the Korean conflict
and three for her
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