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USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD-950) - a Forrest Sherman class destroyer

In Commission 1959 to 1982

DD-950 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1956 - Keel Date: 20 DEC 1956
at Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company
SEP 1957 - Launch Date: 27 SEP 1957
FEB 1959 - Commissioned: 5 FEB 1959
AUG 1964 - JAN 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1966 - AUG 1966 West Pac
MAR 1967 - APR 1968 West Pac
APR 1967 - APR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1967 - APR 1968 West Pac
AUG 1967 - MAR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1968 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - JUL 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 Recommisioning
APR 1972 - OCT 1972 Operation Pocket Money - mining of Haiphong Harbor
MAR 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 11 MAR 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1976 - JAN 1977 West Pac
SEP 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 11 SEP 1977 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 1977 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1981 - OCT 1981 West Pac
MAY 1981 - OCT 1981 West Pac
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1981 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 30 AUG 1981 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1982 - Decommissioned: 18 DEC 1982

DD-950 General Specifications

Class: Forrest Sherman class destroyer

Named for: Richard Stanislaus Edwards

Complement: 15 Officers and 218 Enlisted

Displacement: 2800 tons

Length: 407 feet

Beam: 45 feet

Flank Speed: 32 Knots

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sunk as a target off Kauai in Hawaii on 12 May 1997


Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) was laid down by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co. Seattle Wash. 29 December 1956; launched 24 September 1957; sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Franke and commissioned 5 February 1959 Comdr. Richard R. Law in command.

Richard S. Edwards shakedown took her to Valparaiso Chile then back to San Diego 13 May 1959. She then deployed to the western Pacific area where she operated with the fast carrier units of the 7th Fleet and as a member of the U.S. Taiwan Patrol Force. She returned to the west coast 13 May 1960 and operated there until deploying to the western Pacific again in February 1961 to operate with the fast carrier group in the South China Sea. She returned to San Diego 14 September 1961.

Richard S. Edwards commenced her third WestPac cruise 13 November 1962 for fast carrier operations throughout the western Pacific returning home in June 1963. She resumed local operations until commencing her fourth WestPac cruise from August 1964 to January 1965. During this deployment Edwards and Morton engaged North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Tonkin Gulf on 18 September probably sinking several.

Upon returning from the Far East Edwards operated off the west coast until deploying to WestPac again 1 March 1966 to 26 August 1966. There she rendered naval gunfire support to forces ashore in Vietnam and plane-guarded for U.S. Navy carriers in the Tonkin Gulf. During 1967 she operated off the west coast of the United States until returning to WestPac in August. She arrived Da Nang South Vietnam 3 November 1967. She returned to San Diego 12 March 1968 and spent the balance of that year operating off the west coast.

In late January 1969 Richard S Edwards deployed to WestPac again to operate off Vietnam She returned to San Diego 13 August 1969 until being decommissioned at Long Beach Calif. 27 February 1970. She immediately entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard and underwent ASW modernization. By December she was participating in sea trials in anticipation of her recommissioning which occurred 15 January 1971. She embarked 4 March for Pearl Harbor Hawaii her new home port and continued operations in that vicinity until April 1972.

Receiving only 72 hours notice Richard S Edwards sailed from Pearl Harbor 10 April 1972 for the western Pacific and deployment off the Vietnamese coast. She remained in the area either on the gunline or cruising with the carriers as escort and plane guard until November. She re-entered Pearl Harbor 10 November 1972 and has remained there throughout 1973 and into 1974.

Richard S. Edwards has received six battle stars for service off Vietnam.

[Note: The above USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD-950) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RICHARD S. EDWARDS (DD-950) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]