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The USS EDSON (DD-946), the thirteenth "Big Gun" Forrest Sherman class destroyer, was commissioned on 7 NOV 1958. Built at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, USS EDSON conducted her shakedown training in the Caribbean, transited the Panama Canal and called on Lima, Peru before reaching her homeport of Long Beach, California. USS EDSON began a series of Western Pacific deployments, five of which took her in to the Vietnamese war zone. In 1967 EDSON was hit by North Vietnamese shore artillery. After the war USS EDSON continued the West Coast "DD" routine of "West Pacs" alternating with state side maintenance and training. USS EDSON served her country for 30 years, 1 month and 8 days, until decommissioned on 15 DEC 1988. After decommissioning USS EDSON was donated to the INTREPID Sea-Air-Space Museum at New York City and was berthed there until 2004. The hulk of the EDSON is laid up at NISMF - Philadelphia, PA.

The USS EDSON (DD-946) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DD-946 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1956 - Keel Date: 3 DEC 1956
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JAN 1958 - Launch Date: 4 JAN 1958
NOV 1958 - Commissioned: 7 NOV 1958
FEB 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 16 FEB 1959 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1959 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 2 NOV 1959 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1963 - JUN 1963 Alaska
FEB 1964 - OCT 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1965 - JAN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 six deployment gunfire support for marine forces top gun award
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 6
APR 1968 - OCT 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1970 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1970 - JUN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1970 - SEP 1970 West Pac - Viet Nam
AUG 1970 - MAY 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1971 - OCT 1971 West Pac
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 West Pac
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1973 - OCT 1973 West Pac
MAR 1973 - OCT 1973 operation endsweep gulf of tonkhaiphong harbor mine sweep escort
MAR 1973 - OCT 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1973 - NOV 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1974 - MAR 1975 West Pac
MAR 1977 - APR 1977 Command Transfer to Newport, Rhode Island
JUN 1983 - AUG 1983 Great Lakes
JUN 1984 - AUG 1984 Great Lakes
DEC 1988 - Decommissioned: 15 DEC 1988

DD-946 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman-class destroyer

Complement: 17 Officers and 218 Enlisted

Displacement: 2800 tons

Length: 407 feet

Beam: 45 feet

Draft: 22 feet

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition: Currently awaiting approval by the US Navy to be reinstated as a museum ship in Bay City Michigan


Edson (DD-946) was launched 4 January 1958 by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine; sponsored by Mrs. M. A. Edson; and commissioned 7 November 1958 Commander T. J. Moriarty in command.

Edson called at Cuidad Trujillo and other Caribbean ports while conducting shakedown training en route to Callao Peru where she lay from 18 to 21 February 1959 delivering supplies for the U.S. Embassy in Lima. She reached Long Beach her home port 2 March and through the remainder of the year perfected her readiness with exercises along the west coast. On 5 January 1960 she sailed from Long Beach for her first deployment in the Far East during which she patrolled in the Taiwan Straits and took part in amphibious operations off Okinawa and exercises of various types off Japan. On 29 April she rescued three aviators from Ranger (CVA-61) who had splashed during exercises off Okinawa. Edson returned to Long Beach 31 May for an overhaul which continued through October. Edson spent the remainder of 1960 conducting training off San Diego.

[Note: The above USS EDSON (DD-946) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS EDSON (DD-946) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]