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USS Hanson
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The U.S.S. Hanson DD/DDR 832, a Gearing class destroyer, was named in honor of Marine 1st Lt. Robert Murray Hanson.

The USS Hanson was launched 11 March 1945 by the Bath Iron Works Corporation, sponsored by Mrs. Harry A. Hanson, Lt. Hanson's mother.
The ship was commissioned 11 May 1945 with Commander John C. Parham becoming the CO.

General characteristics

Class and type: Gearing-class destroyer
Displacement: 3,460 long tons (3,516 t) full
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119.02 m)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)
Draft: 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 2 shafts,
60,000 SHP (45 MW)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) at 20 knot
(37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 336
Armament:
6 5"/38 caliber guns
12 40 mm AA guns
11 20 mm AA guns
10 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
6 depth charge projectors
2 depth charge tracks

Awards & Commendations

Eight Battle Stars for Korean Service
Eight Battle Stars
Seven Battle Stars for Vietnam Service
Seven Battle Stars

Ribbons picture
Richard Duffy & Campaign Ribbons

USS Hanson Vietnam Battle Stars

Compiled by Marty Sullivan

I was able to compare the service stars to the Hanson's Vietnam deployments and was able to identify seven bronze stars. Many thanks to the crewmembers who pieced together the history from their records and cruise books.....

65 Westpac Vietnam Defense Campaign
66 Westpac Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II
68 Westpac Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase IV
68 Westpac Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase V
71 Westpac Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII
71 Westpac Consolidation I
72 Westpac Ceasefire Campaign

Without the deck logs, there is no assurance the Hanson did not earn more. So this is a work in progress. However the dates indicate seven stars and I would appreciate if you add a seven star patch below the Korean Patch to indicate her Vietnam service.

Meritorious Unit Commendation

MUC

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

to

THE UNITED STATES SHIP HANSON

for service as follows: "For meritorious service in combat operations against the enemy from 21 April to 20 October 1972, while attached to United States SEVENTH Fleet. USS HANSON provided naval gunfire support to allied forces in Military Region ONE of the Republic of Vietnam. Her accurate and timely gunfire inflicted significant damage on the enemy and is credited with saving the district capital of Mo Duc from being overrun by enemy forces. Also, HANSON participated in Operation CUSTOM TAILOR, a multi-cruiser/destroyer strike force that conducted a daring raid on the Haiphong complex. In the face of intense hostile fire, HANSON effectively suppressed coastal defense sites, allowing the cruisers to concentrate their fire on assigned targets. Her material readiness and professionalism enabled her to meet all commitments during an exceedingly high tempo of operations throughout her deployment. By their outstanding professionalism, devotion to duty, and teamwork, the officers and men of USS HANSON reflected credit upon themselves and their ship and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

For the Secretary,
/signed/ E.R. Zumwalt, Jr.
Admiral, United States Navy
Chief of Naval Operations

Combat Action Ribbon

CAR

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National Defense Service Medal

NDSM

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Vietnam Service Medal

VSM

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Vietnam Campaign Medal

VCM

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