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The USS AGERHOLM (DD-826), a Gearing class destroyer, was commissioned on 20 JUN 1946. Built at the Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine, USS ALGERHOLM sailed for the Pacific after her shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and final fit out at the Boston NSY. ALGERHOLM served as a Pacific Fleet "DD" for her entire career; numerous Far East deployments, some in war to Korean and Vietnam, and many during peace. She was involved in the atomic tests of Operation Dominic in 1962. USS AGERHOLM served her country for 32 years, 5 months and 11 days, until decommissioned on 1 DEC 1978. USS ALGERHOLM was disposed of as target approx. 200 miles off the southern California coast on 18 JUL 1982.

The USS AGERHOLM (DD-826) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

DD-826 Deployments - Major Events

Add a DD-826 Shellback Initiation Add a DD-826 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP1945-Keel Date: 10 SEP 1945
MAR1946-Launch Date: 30 MAR 1946
JUN1946-Commissioned: 20 JUN 1946
APR1947-FEB1948West Pac
FEB1958-Shellback Initiation - 28 FEB 1958 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1962-JAN1962Middle Pacific
APR1962-JUL1962Nuclear Test - Fired ASROC
APR1962-JUL1962Operation Dominic - Pacific
NOV1962-APR1963West Pac
AUG1964-FEB1965West Pac
JAN1966-JUL1966West Pac
JAN1966-JUL1966West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1967-OCT1967West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1968-OCT1969West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1968-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1969-JUL1969West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1969-Shellback Initiation - 16 APR 1969 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1970-OCT1970TYPHOON JOAN - Philippines - South China Sea
NOV1970-NOV1970Son Tay POW Camp Raid
JUN1971-DEC1971West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1971-Shellback Initiation - 2 AUG 1971 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1971-DEC1971West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1973-Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1973 - Pacific Ocean
APR1973-NOV1973West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1973-Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1973-Shellback Initiation - 21 OCT 1973 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1974-APR1975West Pac
SEP1974- Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1974 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1975-MAR1975West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1978-Decommissioned: 1 DEC 1978

DD-826 General Specifications

Complement: 367

Displacement: 2425 tons

Length: 390.5 feet

Beam: 41.1 feet

Draft: 18.5 feet

Flank Speed: 35 knots


Agerholm (DD-826) was laid down on 10 September 1945 at Bath Maine by the Bath Iron Works launched on 30 March 1946 sponsored by Mrs. Rose Agerholm mother of Pfc. Agerholm; commissioned on 20 June 1946 Comdr. Frank D. Schwartz in command.

After commissioning and fitting out the destroyer conducted shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba and underwent post- shakedown repairs at the Boston Naval Shipyard before receiving orders to duty with the Pacific Fleet. Proceeding to the Pacific by way of the Panama Canal she reached her new home port of San Diego on 21 January 1947.

Agerholm was assigned to Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 12 and settled into a routine of local training operations in the waters off southern California. On 10 March the warship sailed from San Diego on her first extended cruise to the western Pacific. While operating with the 7th Fleet Agerholm visited the Chinese ports of Tsingtao Shanghai and Amoy before they were closed to American traffic. She also visited Kwajalein Okinawa Hong Kong and several ports in Japan. The destroyer returned to San Diego on 26 November and remained there for the holiday season.

Between January 1948 and June 1950 Agerholm alternated two WestPac deployments with operations out of San Diego. Upon her return to San Diego in June 1950 she commenced overhaul at Mare Island California while other ships steamed to Korea as part of the United Nations task force defending South Korea from the aggression of her northern counterpart. Completing her overhaul in late 1950 Agerholm trained for war and set a course for the Far East. She entered the combat zone on 19 February 1951 and was assigned to Task Force (TF) 77 as screening ship and plane guard. The destroyer also aided in shore bombardment training her guns on Wonsan on 28 April and 1 to 4 May and on Kojo on 29 April. Agerholm returned to San Diego on 20 September for upkeep and local operations.

In May 1952 the warship left San Diego for her second tour with TF77 in Korea. In addition to screening and planeguard duties Agerholm conducted naval gunfire support as required. During one exchange of gunfire with a communist shore battery a single enemy shell struck the destroyer in the after part of the ship starting a small fire in the crew's after berthing compartment but causing only minor damage to the weatherdeck. Agerholm continued on assigned duties until December when she set a course for San Diego arriving there on 21 December.

On 2 February 1953 the destroyer commenced another overhaul at Mare Island followed by refresher training in May. After several months of preparation and fulfilling local training commitments Agerholm got underway on 8 September for her sixth WestPac cruise. Although the Korean conflict had ended the 7th Fleet conducted various operations to ensure the continuation of peace in the Far East. Agerholm steamed many miles in support of the Formosa patrol designed to deter both the Chinese Nationalists and the Chinese communists from invading each other before she returned to her home port on 16 April.

The destroyer made her seventh WestPac cruise from November 1954 to April 1955. While operating with TF 77 she again found herself involved in peacekeeping operations. Task Force 77 covered the evacuation of the Chinese Nationalist forces from the Tachen Islands in Operation "Pullback." Following this mission the destroyer returned to the United States and commenced an overhaul at Mare Island on 29 April.

During the next five years Agerholm deployed to the western Pacific four more times and briefly stopped in Australia during the summer of 1958 to participate in ceremonies commemorating the Battle of the Coral Sea. In May 1960 the destroyer reported to Mare Island for extensive modification and changes under the fleet rehabilitation and modernization (FRAM) program. Agerholm left the shipyard in March 1961 equipped with the latest antisubmarine rockets (ASROC) torpedoes helicopter facilities radar and sonar. During 1961 the destroyer devised and tested new techniques and tactics for use of her new capabilities.

In May 1962 Agerholm participated in nuclear weapon testing in the Pacific in Operation "Dominic." During the exercise the destroyer was the first surface ship to fire an antisubmarine nuclear weapon. In November following continued training in the San Diego area Agerholm sailed to the western Pacific on her 12th deployment. She returned to her home port in June 1963 and commenced overhaul at the Naval Repair Facility San Diego to update and improve the electronic and weapons systems on board. Following completion of the overhaul in January 1964 Agerholm continued her routine of local operations and preparations for deployment.

In August the destroyer got underway for the western Pacific where she spent six months patrolling off the coast of Vietnam and in the Taiwan Strait. Upon her return to her home port early in 1965 Agerholm underwent a brief overhaul and in August embarked midshipmen for a cruise to Hawaii. With the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam the destroyer prepared for another cruise to that area.

Agerholm began her next deployment in January 1966 when she departed San Diego for Vietnam. There her assigned duties included naval gunfire support (NGFS) antisubmarine warfare (ASW) carrier escort and search and rescue (SAR). In May during NGFS off the South Vietnamese coast Agerholm provided call fire for a Marine Corps air spotter who was drawing heavy gunfire. The destroyer silenced the Viet Cong machinegun nest with just four rounds from her 5-inch guns. On 17 June Agerholm aided a South Vietnamese patrol boat and took off 12 badly wounded men while on a SAR mission in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ship visited Subic Bay Yokosuka Kaohsiung Hong Kong and Pearl Harbor before returning to San Diego in July.

Agerholm began another modernization overhaul at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in August. She received new 5-inch gun mounts and advanced radar and sonar gear as well as communications systems and engineering plant alterations. The destroyer left the shipyard in December to spend the holiday season in her home port.

With the advent of 1967 Agerholm once again prepared for deployment to the Far East. On 15 May she departed for the Gulf of Tonkin joining lntrepid (CVS-ll) at Subic Bay. The ships sailed to "Yankee Station" where they arrived on 20 June. For the next four months Agerholm provided plane guard assistance for Intrepid Constellation (CVA-64) and Coral Sea (CVA-43).

When a major fire broke out on Forrestal (CVA-59) on 29 July all ships in the area including Agerholm aided in the rescue operations and stood by until the damaged carrier was able to steam under her own power for Subic Bay. The destroyer departed "Yankee Station" on 1 October and arrived in San Diego on the 25th.

Agerholm spent most of 1968 on training cruises for Naval Academy and ROTC midshipmen. In May she participated in tests conducted off San Clemente Island by the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake Calif. and fired the new rocket-assisted projectile (RAP). Two days before the year was out Agerholm sailed from San Diego on her 16th WestPac cruise. During the transit to the Gulf of Tonkin via Pearl Harbor and Subic Bay the destroyer escorted Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) and subsequently served as plane guard for that carrier's first combat launch from "Yankee Station" during the new year 1969.

From 28 January to 10 February Agerholm served as escort for William H. Standley (DIG-32) in the positive identification radar advisory zone (PIRAZ). She then proceeded to the Southern SAR station to ride shotgun for Fox (DLG-33). The destroyer shifted to the gunline on 23 March and provided naval gunfire support to troops in the Viet Cong-dominated Rung Sat Special Zone (RSSZ). Anchored m the shallow restricted water with the Viet Cong less than 6000 yards away Agerholm was vulnerable to enemy fire underwater swimmers and mines. On 25 March the destroyer first fired both RAP and conventional ammunition into the RSSZ with great accuracy. On 13 April she retired from NGFS to visit Singapore Hong Kong and Kaohsiang. Agerholm returned to the gunline on 15 May conducting shore bombardments off Phan Thiet until 23 May. She then reported to Chicago (CG-11) on PIRAZ station in the Gulf of Tonkin for her last assignment. On 10 June the warship was relieved and ordered to Subic Bay to prepare for her return voyage. After port visits to Brisbane Australia and Auckland New Zealand Agerholm set a course for San Diego where she arrived on 24 July.

The destroyer entered the shipyard at Hunters' Point Calif. on 11 September for overhaul which was completed on 19 December. Agerholm returned to San Diego the next day for the Christmas holidays. Agerholm got underway on 26 January 1970 for type training followed by eight weeks of refresher training. On 15 April the destroyer completed the exhausting round of drills and commenced preparations for overseas deployment.

Agerholm departed San Diego on 6 July and steamed via Pearl Harbor Midway and Guam to Subic Bay arriving on 28 July. From there the destroyer served on the gunline on the northern SAR station as PIRAZ escort and as plane guard On 14 October Agerholm was detached for independent transit to Hong Kong. En route the destroyer passed within 60 miles of the center of Typhoon "Joan" in the Philippine Sea. For two tense days the crew was uncertain of surviving the 60-knot winds and 40-foot seas but the destroyer began to open the typhoon center late on 16 October. The remainder of her deployment was spent at PIRAZ station until 4 December when Agerholm cleared the area for Guam Midway and Pearl Harbor. The ship arrived back in San Diego on 20 December and spent the remainder of the year in her home port.

Agerholm spent the first six months of 1971 in port at San Diego or operating off the California coast. On 29 June the destroyer began another WestPac cruise taking up gunline duties near Binh Thuy South Vietnam on 6 August. In addition to NGFS Agerholm served as planeguard and SAR ship before departing the area on 4 December. She returned to San Diego for the holidays and closed out the year with post-deployment standdown.

Local exercises and inspections occupied Agerholm until 24 July 1972 when she entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a five-month overhaul. The destroyer departed the shipyard on 21 December and steamed to San Diego where she began preparations both at sea and in port for refresher training on 7 e February 1973. After seven weeks of continuous drills Agerholm successfully completed refresher training and qualified in NGFS at San Clemente Island

On 26 April Agerholm set sail in company with Stein (DE-1065) for the western Pacific. She arrived off the coast of Vietnam at "Yankee Station" on 28 May to serve as plane guard for Constellation The destroyer then underwent a two-week availability alongside Ajax (AR-6) in Sasebo commencing 8 June. Upon completion of those repairs she put to sea for radar picket duty in the Gulf of Tonkin. Another two weeks at "Yankee Station" followed by two weeks on PIRAZ station brought her Vietnam service to an end. On 30 August Agerholm departed the Gulf of Tonkin en route MacKay Australia for liberty.

After that port visit the destroyer sailed to Auckland New Zealand to join the other ships participating in Operation "Longex 73 " a joint surface air and submarine warfare exercise. From 25 September to 3 October Agerholm drilled in ASW and antiair warfare (AAW) exercises Including night surface attacks on the task groups. Upon completion of the drill she steamed to Sydney Australia; Suva Fiji; and Pearl Harbor before arriving back in San Diego on 1 November.

Upon arrival Agerholm commenced a post-deployment readiness improvement program of schools on board training and a repair availability. On 25 February 1974 the warship got underway for readiness exercises in the southern California area until 17 September when she departed San Diego on her 20th WestPac cruise. Remaining primarily in the Subic Bay operating area Agerholm participated in gunnery ASW AAW and ship handling drills until 13 December when she shaped a course for Apra Harbor Guam. She ended the year at the ship repair facility there. The destroyer visited Hong Kong and Singapore for liberty but received orders on 8 February 1975 to join Operation "Eagle Pull " the evacuation of Saigon prompted by the collapse of South Vietnam. Agerholm completed her role in the evacuation on 26 February and she began the long voyage home.

Agerholm arrived in San Diego on 8 April and spent the rest of 1975 and 1976 on the west coast participating in local operations and midshipman training cruises and eventually landing a role in the movie Airport 77. The year 1977 began the same way with only a drydock period at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro from May to July to interrupt the routine. On 6 September the destroyer made her 21st and last WestPac cruise. Agerholm conducted NGFS training ASROC test firings and participated in Exercise "Fortress Lightning " a full-scale amphibious landing on Mindoro Island in the Philippines. She stopped for liberty calls at Suva Auckland Whangarei and Nelson New Zealand Newcastle and Devonport Australia before returning: to San Diego early in 1978 to resume a local operation schedule.

From 10 to 13 October 1978 the Board of Inspection and Survey conducted a survey of Agerholm to determine her material condition and the feasibility of keeping her in active service. The board found that her age and lack of modern capabilities could not be corrected economically. Agerholm was decommissioned on 1 December 1978 and her name was struck from the Navy list on the same day. She was sunk as a target on 18 July 1982.

Agerholm earned four battle stars for Korean War service and eight for tours off Vietnam.

[Note: The above USS AGERHOLM (DD-826) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS AGERHOLM (DD-826) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]