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U.S.S. LYNDE MCCORMICK

(DDG-8)

Sine Timore
Without Fear

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Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Admiral Lynde D. McCormick

Complement: 24 Officers and 330 Enlisted

Displacement: 3277 tons

Length: 437 feet

Beam: 47 feet

Draft: 15 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Range: 4,500 nautical miles

Final Disposition: Sinkex target, 14 February 2001

DDG-8 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1958 Keel Date: 4 APR 1958
at Defoe Shipbuilding Company Bay City MI
JUL 1959 Launch Date: 28 JUL 1959
JUN 1961 Commissioned: 3 JUN 1961
MAR 1966 - AUG 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JUL 1969 Deployment
JUN 1970 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 16 SEP 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1971 - MAR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1971 - MAR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1973 - JAN 1974 West Pac
JAN 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 31 JAN 1975 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1979 - JUN 1979 West Pac
FEB 1982 - AUG 1982 West Pac
AUG 1983 - FEB 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1985 - DEC 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1985 - DEC 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1988 - JUL 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1990 - MAR 1991 West Pac
OCT 1990 - MAR 1991 West Pac
OCT 1991 Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1991

DDG-8 General Specifications

Class: Charles F. Adams-class guided missle destroyer

Named for: Admiral Lynde D. McCormick

Complement: 24 Officers and 330 Enlisted

Displacement: 3277 tons

Length: 437 feet

Beam: 47 feet

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Range: 4 500 nautical miles

Final Disposition:Sinkex target 14 February 2001



USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG-8)



Lynde McCormick (DDG‑8) was laid down 4 April 1958 by Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; launched 28 July 1959; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian McCormick, wife of Admiral McCormick; and commissioned at Boston 3 June 1961, Cmdr. Ernest S. Cornwall, Jr., in command.

Lynde McCormick departed Boston 23 August 1961 for her home port, San Diego, arriving 16 September. Early in 1962 she tested her missiles and antisubmarine weaponry in the Pacific missile range. Exercises and experiments continued in preparation for deployment to the western Pacific, for which she sailed 19 November 1962.

She arrived Yokosuka 6 December and within a week was on station with a 7th Fleet task group, taking up her part in the schedule of readiness training and exercises which have made the 7th Fleet a potent force working for peace in the Far East. Returning San Diego 15 June 1963, she proceeded to Sacramento to help initiate its new deep water, port. All‑encompassing refresher training followed overhaul and modification at Hunter's Point early in 1964, increasing her antiair warfare capabilities. A high state of readiness had been achieved when the Tonkin Bay incidents of 2 and 4 August escalated the conflict in Vietnam.

In company with CruDesFlot 11, Lynde McCormick departed 5 August for a 6‑month deployment along the Vietnamese coast, primarily in the screen for Bon Homme Richard and other carriers. She returned to San Diego 6 February 1965. Lynde McCormick spent the remainder of the year conducting coastal exercises, a successful competitive firing of her, missiles, and a summer cruise to Hawaii training midshipmen.

After antisubmarine exercises with the Canadian Navy in January 1966, Lynde McCormick prepared for a third tour of duty in WestPac. She left San Diego 1 March and 1 month later was shelling Vietcong bunkers and gun emplacements in the Mekong Delta. In May she sailed up the eastern coast to support Yankee Station carrier operations against North Vietnam until August, when she sailed for her home port, arriving San Diego the 26th. On 27 October she entered drydock at Long Beach for a thorough overhaul. This was completed 23 March 1967.

Refresher training began on 15 May, and was interrupted on the 27th when she rushed to the aid of a stricken crewmember of 88 Pacific Comet. DDG‑8 continued operating out of San Diego until 17 August, at which time she departed for another WestPac deployment.

Lynde McCormick saw extensive action on the gunline and in patrolling the Vietnam coastline. Many rounds of 5‑inch ammunition were expended at enemy emplacements and supply lines, in aid of United States and other Allied troops ashore. The ship returned to the west coast 6 April 1968 and operated in the eastern Pacific for the remainder of the year, into 1969.

[Note: The above USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG-8) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG-8), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]