USS Hazelwood (DD-107)

USS Hazelwood (DD-107)

USS Hazelwood (DD-107) was a Wickes class destroyer that served in the Mediterranean just after the First World War, off the US West Coast in the early 1920s, and as a training ship in the second half of the 1920s.

The Hazelwood was named after John Hazelwood, a British-born officer in the Pennsylvania Navy during the War of Independence, who helped defend the Delaware River and Delaware Bay.

The Hazelwood was laid down on 24 December 1917 at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, launched on 22 June 1918 and commissioned on 20 February 1919, with Commander A.A. Corwin in command. She left from New York to the Mediterranean on 15 April 1919, reaching Gibraltar on 9 May. She operated in the Mediterranean and visited the Black Sea, where she visited Sebastopol. She didn’t spend long in the Mediterranean, leaving Malta on 28 July and reaching New York on 13 August.

On 14 August 1919 the Hazelwood left New York at the start of a voyage to the West Coast. She met up with the Badger (DD-126) and Schley (DD-103) at Philadelphia, and the three ships travelled together, via Cuba and the Panama Canal. She reached San Diego on 5 September 1919, and spent the next three years operating off the US West Coast. She was decommissioned at San Diego on 7 July 1922.

The Hazelwood was recommissioned on 1 April 1925, and spent the next five years taking part in training and readiness exercises with the Pacific Fleet. She was decommissioned or the final time on 15 November 1930 and sold for scrap on 30 August 1935.

Displacement (standard)

Displacement (loaded)

Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt

- deck


314ft 4.5in


30ft 11.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement


USS Hazelwood after kamikaze attacks off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, 1945

Photograph. Heavily damaged USS Hazelwood (DD-531) dead in the water after multiple kamikaze attacks. Official caption on front: "USS Hazelwood lies dead in water after suicide plane attack. US Navy Photo 126-16." Okinawa, Japan. April 1945

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Construction and career

Hazelwood, named in honor of John Hazelwood, was laid down 24 December 1917 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, launched 22 June 1918 and commissioned 20 February 1919. Following shakedown and a voyage to Norfolk for supplies, Hazelwood departed New York for the Mediterranean 15 April 1919. Reaching Gibraltar 9 May, she participated in training and served as escort to Arizona (BB-39). After patrolling the Mediterranean, she departed Malta 28 July and arrived New York 13 August. Next day she got underway for her new home waters, the Pacific. Sailing via Cuba and Panama, she arrived at San Francisco 5 September. After operations along the West Coast, she decommissioned at San Diego 7 July 1922.

Hazelwood recommissioned 1 April 1925, and participated in training and readiness exercises with units of the Pacific Fleet for the next five years. She decommissioned again 15 November 1930, at San Diego, was sold to Learner and Rosenthal 30 August 1935, and was scrapped 14 April 1935.

[JP] USS Hazelwood (new fletcher class DD coming)

Nice, she's a tanned shipgirl destroyer, hoping she's available next year playing the EN version.

Tan lines, twintails AND a loli. This game is the best.

Found Ark Royal's reddit account


Thank you Based Tanlines, for answering our prayers.

I kinda wish all the post-game launch Fletchers had kept the cute uniforms the Little Beavers and Fletcher wear. But different artists will do different things I guess.

She's already here though? Seriously, pretty sure I got her as the login reward yesterday.

17 hours, they just tweeted out her reveal later than usual.

So all American destroyers are named after people important to the navy and every time a new one is released I look up who they were named after. I wonder how Commodore Hazelwood would feel about his legacy.

Hot, but mad because he's a hot girl

Here's to still hoping for SSR Fletcher USS Johnston be released in the future

Yay another USS Johnston advocate!

Johnston for SSR Fletcher or riot!

Having Hazelwood is still nice though.

Summary on USS Hazelwood (DD-531) Fletcher class Destroyer.

USS Hazelwood (DD-531) is the 2nd ship in the United States Navy to be named after John Hazelwood, an american revolution naval leader. His accomplishments were successfully holding off superior British forces thanks to innovative river tactics on his part and earning the favor of General Washington himself. The first USN ship to be named after him was the Wickes Class destroyer, USS Hazelwood (DD-107), a late ww1 destroyer and 20's usn ship.

In Azur Lane, USS Hazelwood is currently one of the youngest fletcher class destroyers available. She's younger than her sisters, USS Fletcher (leadship and oldest sister of the class), USS Bush, USS Foote, USS Jenkins, USS Nicholas, USS Radford, USS Spence, and USS Thatcher. Only USS Aulick and USS Charles Ausbane are younger than USS Hazelwood. Tldr: USS Hazelwood is the 9th oldest of the eleven Fletcher destroyers in Azur Lane.

She was laid down for construction on April 11, 1942.

USS Hazelwood (DD-531) was launched on November 20th, 1942.

USS Hazelwood was commissioned into the USN on June 18th, 1943.

Her first mission would be the raids on Tarawa, Gilbert Islands where she would join with USS Lexington (CV-16, not the original and sunk CV-2 one) and her taskforce on September 11th, 1943.

USS Hazelwood soon after joined a fast carrier force composing of six carriers, 7 cruisers, and 24 destroyers for strikes on Wake Island on October 5th and 6th.

USS Hazelwood returned on October 11th to pearl harbor for more training.

USS Hazelwood returned to be part of Task Force 53 in their push to take the Gilbert Islands on November 20th. There she served as ASW escort and a fighter director ship (that job is to ensure the fighters know what direction they have to go to for their assignments I believe).

She returned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1943 to prepare for another assignment.

On January 22nd, 1944, USS Hazelwood returned to the Pacific to join up with Task Force 52 as they prepare to invade the Marshall Islands.

After the beach forces successfully landed and established a beachhead, on January 31st, she returned to her ASW and fighter director ship duties from before from the Kwajalein Harbor.

She would depart from the Kwajalein Harbor on Febuary 15th for several months of patrol and escort duties.

During which, she would commence her first attack on Japanese positions by bombarding Ungalabu harbor and a tank farm in New Ireland.

USS Hazelwood returned to the US fleets and assisted the marine landings at Palau Islands by bombarding positions and providing other fire support on September 15th, 1944.

She would link up with the US naval forces on October 3rd 1944 for the invasion of the Philippines.

On October 20th 1944, while covering the beach landings, USS Hazelwood came under heavy attack from Japanese air strikes. The start of her participation in the titanic naval battle of Leyte Gulf.

USS Hazelwood accounted for downing two kamikazes during this battle.

During the month of December, 1944, USS Hazelwood would return to patrol duty and training exercises from Ulithi.

On December 30th, 1944, USS Hazelwood joined another carrier taskforce who in the month of January 1945 would raid Taiwan, Okinawa, Indochina, and the coasts of China in order to divert the Imperial Japanese forces attention from the Philippines with these attacks being so close to home.

On February 11th, USS Hazelwood linked up with another carrier taskforce where they would begin their attacks on Iwo Jima.

During that battle, despite being under heavy kamikaze attacks from Japanese forces, USS Hazelwood emerged unscathed from the attacks.

On Febuary 25th 1945, USS Hazelwood sank two freighters using her guns.

On March 1st 1945, USS Hazelwood returned to Ulithi for some rr before returning out to sea on March 14th to join up for the invasion of Okinawa.

Serving as picket duty from Japanese Kamikazes, during the month of April, on April 29th, USS Hazelwood fell victim to one such attack.

The kamikaze hit killed many of Hazelwood's officer staff, ten of the 77 killed were officers, including her commanding officer, V.P Douw.

Thanks to the effective direction of her acting commanding officer, Lt. C.M Locke, they managed to ensure the ship's safety from sinking and further destruction.

Towed and under her own power part of the way, she headed on a journey that would take her from Ulithi to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for the repairs she needed. This journey lasted from May 5th to June 14th 1945.

USS Hazelwood was decommissioned from the USN on January 18th, 1946 due to being a surplus from the war. She would be placed on a reserve fleet in San Diego, California.

USS Hazelwood (DD-531) earned ten battle stars from World War 2.

On September 12th 1951, she was recommissioned into the USN to participate in the Korean War.

After shakedown, USS Hazelwood departed from San Diego January 4th, 1952 where she participated with the destroyer forces in the Atlantic in order to train herself up for hunter killer and carrier escort training.

On December 7th 1953, USS Hazelwood departed from Newport, Rhode Island in order to sail to the far east.

She arrived at Tokyo, Japan on January 12th 1954.

For the next six months, USS Hazelwood was part of the carrier task forces set to ensure an armistice is enforced around the Korean Peninsula. This job would last until May 28th where after she returned to the US on July 17th.

For the next couple of years, USS Hazelwood continued to serve in the USN with training and readiness in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

In the fall of 1956, she would serve with the 6th fleet in order to calm tensions in the Mediterranean from the Suez Crises.

In 1958, the tireless USS Hazelwood began a successful career as a test ship where she would test out many new technologies in radar, helicopters (including landing on her installed landing deck 1000 times in 1963), shipboard landing assist device, and electronic counter measures.

Even designated as a test ship, USS Hazelwood continued her normal duties with the USN, including participating in the Cuban Missile Crises in 1962.

USS Hazelwood DD-531 (1943-1974)

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It was later revealed that Joseph Hazelwood, the captain of the Valdez, was drinking at the time of the accident and allowed an uncertified officer to steer the massive vessel. In March 1990, Hazelwood was convicted of misdemeanor negligence, fined $50,000, and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. In July 1992, an Alaska court overturned Hazelwood’s conviction, citing a federal statute that grants freedom from prosecution to those who report an oil spill.

Exxon itself was condemned by the National Transportation Safety Board and in early 1991 agreed under pressure from environmental groups to pay a penalty of $100 million and provide $1 billion over a 10-year period for the cost of the cleanup. However, later in the year, both Alaska and Exxon rejected the agreement, and in October 1991 the oil giant settled the matter by paying $25 million, less than 4 percent of the cleanup aid promised by Exxon earlier that year.

USS Hazelwood (DD-107) - History

Destroyer Squadron 47 World War II Operations

Attached to the Seventh Fleet for the Leyte operation in October 1944, the squadron was assigned to Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague&rsquos Task Group 77.4&mdasheighteen escort carriers on station outside of Leyte Gulf in three task units as follows:

  • Task Unit 77.4.1 (&ldquoTaffy 1&rdquo) under Admiral Sprague: squadron flagship McCord plus Trathen and Hazelwood and five destroyer escorts screening carriers Sangamon, Suwannee, Chenango, Santee, Saginaw Bay and Petrof Bay.
  • Task Unit 77.4.2 (&ldquoTaffy 2&rdquo) under RAdm. Felix B. Stump: Franks, Haggard and Hailey with five destroyer escorts screening carriers Kadashan Bay, Natoma Bay, Manila Bay, Marcus Island, Omanney Bay and Savo Island.
  • Task Unit 77.4.3 (&ldquoTaffy 3&rdquo) under RAdm. Clifton A. F. Sprague: Heermann, Hoel and Johnston and destroyer escorts Dennis, Raymond, Samuel B. Roberts and John C. Butler screening carriers Fanshaw Bay, St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay.

Operating off the island of Samar on the morning of 25 October 1944, Taffy 3 was surprised by a Japanese force of battleships, cruisers and destroyers. While the carriers launched planes to attack the closing enemy formation, Taffy 3&rsquos screen put on an heroic defense in which Hoel, Johnston and Gambier Bay were lost St. Lo was also sunk by a kamikaze later that same day.

The six destroyers of Taffy 1 and Taffy 2 continued on to the Luzon operation then all seven remaining ships moved on to Iwo Jima.

In March in the Okinawa operation, Haggard rammed and sank I-371. Later, she and Hazelwood were both severely damaged by suicide aircraft.

Heermann, last to leave the war zone, also participated in the Third Fleet&rsquos operations against Japan in 1945.


Hoel and Johnston were lost to enemy action during the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944.

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Walker transited the Panama Canal on 1 November 1943 and proceeded to join the forces engaged in the conquest of Tarawa. After a month of operations in that area, the destroyer took part in the Marshall Islands campaign from 29 January through 8 February 1944. She joined forces at Funafuti for the invasion of Kwajalein and, as part of a heavy cruiser bombardment unit, she participated in numerous neutralization bombardments at Wotje and Taroa. The only Japanese resistance encountered came from shore batteries which failed to hit their mark.

From March through June 1944, Walker operated in the South Pacific escorting troops and transports from Guadalcanal to Bougainville and from various points in New Guinea. Other ports visited during this period were Purvis Bay, Tulagi Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville Milne Bay and Buna, New Guinea.

The Marianas operation involved the invasion of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam by forces under Admiral Raymond A. Spruance. Walker began service assigned to an escort carrier unit providing air support for the amphibious forces headed for Guam. The group departed from Kwajalein in June but, due to the bitterness of the campaign for Saipan, the Guam landings were postponed, and the ships returned to Eniwetok. After the need for further naval support had passed, Walker proceeded to Pearl Harbor for rehearsals of scheduled landings on Yap Island.

Leaving Pearl Harbor in September, Walker was transferred to the 7th Fleet as a fire support ship for the invasion of the Philippines. This group of transports and destroyers sailed from Manus and arrived at Leyte Gulf on 20 October. During this operation, Walker experienced her first air action and downed one enemy fighter plane as well as provided gunfire support in the Dulag area. The transports were rapidly unloaded and departed with Walker and other escorts prior to the arrival of the Japanese naval forces and the ensuing Battle of Leyte Gulf from 24 to 25 October 1944.

The group proceeded to Morotai to reload support troops for Leyte. At Morotai, nightly Japanese air attacks harassed the ships but caused little damage. The group then returned to Leyte and unloaded its troops. Suicide air attacks and torpedo bombers were encountered during this trip, but no damage was suffered. After a brief stop at Palau, Walker received orders to return home, and she reached the Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, California, on Christmas Eve 1944.

The most memorable part of Walker's combat service began in mid-March 1945 when, fresh from navy yard overhaul, she joined Admiral Marc Mitscher's famed Task Force 58 (TF 58) at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. This force proceeded to Kyūshū and Honshū, Japan, for air strikes designed to neutralize and weaken Japanese air power.

Following these strikes, TF 58 proceeded to Okinawa to support the amphibious assault launched there on 1 April 1945. While alone on picket duty 12 miles from the main group, Walker was subjected to persistent Japanese kamikaze attacks. One plane dropped a torpedo just after dark which passed close astern. During that night, Walker's agile maneuvers and accurate guns beat off three more such attacks. On 7 April 1945, Paul Klahr, Gun Captain of 40 mm Gun 43 (starboard midship position), vividly recalls that a Zeke fighter circled the stern and began diving for the bridge from the starboard side of the Walker. The Zeke passed forward of Klahr's gun position by about 20 feet allowing him and his crew to see the face of the pilot. He remembers the pilot's look of fear, facing his impending death. One member of his gun crew actually threw his helmet at the plane as it passed. The plane flew over the ship between the positions of the five inch guns Gun 1 and Gun 2 at an altitude low enough to part the lifelines on the port side before wheeling into the ocean and exploding, sending a solid sheet of water over the Walker mixed with debris from the plane and the shredded remains of its pilot.

After 80 days at sea, the task group returned to port. During this period, Walker towed Haggard to Kerama Retto near Okinawa after she had been damaged by kamikaze hits.

The destroyer continued operations through July and August with the 3d Fleet and encountered no Japanese air opposition. Walker was among the ships which bombarded Kamaishi, Honshū, Japan, on 18 July and made a similar attack at Hammahatsu and a return trip to Kamaishi. The coming of peace resulted in Walker entering Tokyo after a period of air-rescue duty during the airborne phase of the occupation.

On 1 November 1945, Walker arrived from the forward area at San Pedro, California and, on 31 May 1946, she was placed out of commission, in reserve, at San Diego.

The ship remained in "mothballs" until 15 September 1950 when she was recommissioned and converted to an escort destroyer. From the time of her recommissioning until 27 February 1951, Walker remained in yard overhaul.

Following a shakedown cruise, the escort destroyer departed San Diego and participated in the atomic Exercise Greenhouse at Eniwetok until June 1951. The next month, the ship joined the newly formed Escort Destroyer Squadron 1 based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She remained in Hawaii until November 1951 when she sailed for the western Pacific and joined the United Nations Blockading Force assisting UN ground troops in the Korean War. She escorted the fast carrier task forces which were supporting ground units with strategic air strikes. Thus ended Walker's Korean War service.

Walker returned to Pearl Harbor during March 1952 and conducted type training and routine exercises for the next several months. On 2 June, the escort destroyer sailed for her second western Pacific deployment. From that time until 29 December 1963, Walker completed nine such deployments. These very active years were spent, for the most part, conducting antisubmarine warfare exercises and various operations with her task group and elements of the Republic of Korea Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Walker's many "People to People" visits during this period helped to spread American good will abroad. Highlights of these years included assistance to the town of Koniya, Amami Ōshima, which had suffered major damage from a raging fire in September 1958 and as a recovery ship for a Project Mercury space flight on 28 September 1962.

On 4 January 1964, Walker commenced a two-week tender availability at Pearl Harbor with Bryce Canyon. On 31 January, the ship officially entered the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for overhaul. The completion of yard overhaul on 30 April marked the commencement of local exercises in preparation for refresher training. On 19 May, Walker took part in the filming of the movie None But The Brave at the island of Kauai. After a month of refresher training and an administrative inspection, the escort destroyer underwent upkeep which took her through June.

The summer months found Walker engaged in local operations. On 17 August 1964, the ship continued her movie career with a supporting role in Otto Preminger's production of In Harm's Way. During October and November, the escort destroyer underwent a pre-employment inspection and an operational readiness inspection which was concluded on 20 November, three days prior to departure for a western Pacific deployment.

On 3 December 1964, Walker arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, where she joined in Exercise Tall Back with the aircraft carrier Yorktown, followed by duties on the Junk patrol which combatted the infiltration of arms into South Vietnam from North Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. During this period, the escort destroyer performed a month of uneventful duty on the Taiwan patrol.

Walker participated in an artistic photo of Task Force 77 in 1965. Walker departed Vietnam waters on 27 April 1965 and, after a brief stop at Yokosuka, Japan, arrived at Pearl Harbor on 13 May. The remainder of May and June was spent in leave and upkeep. The escort destroyer spent the rest of the year in local operations. On 8 December, Walker was drydocked and spent the holiday season in leave and upkeep.

January 1966 saw the ship taking part in local operations and making preparations for an upcoming deployment. On 7 February, she commenced a six-month cruise, arriving at Yokosuka via Midway Atoll 10 days later. Duty in the South China Sea began on 28 February with assignments as a planeguard and as a naval gunfire support ship. Walker's first offensive actions of the Vietnam War occurred on 5 March in support of United States and Allied forces. This assignment was interrupted by patrol duty in the Taiwan Strait and rest and rehabilitation at Keelung, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Walker returned to Qui Nhơn, South Vietnam, on 22 April and began support missions, shooting direct fire at the Vietcong coastal supply areas and troop concentrations. The second ship on station, Walker received sporadic machine gunfire from the enemy ashore while a gig was returning with spotters and advisors to the ship for a briefing. This was the first time since World War II that Walker had been subjected to hostile fire.

On 26 April 1966, the escort destroyer supplied direct, indirect, harassment, and interdiction support for Operation Osage, a combined amphibious assault at Chu Lai. These duties were interrupted to escort a Marine Corps motor convoy from Da Nang to Phu Bai on 28 April. On 1 May, the ship detached and proceeded independently for repairs at Sasebo, Japan, via Buckner Bay, Okinawa.

Walker set course on 17 May for Manila Bay, Philippines, where she joined in SEATO antisubmarine warfare Exercise Sea Imp which lasted until 6 June. The ship next joined Taylor for a month of patrol duty in the Taiwan Strait during which time she rescued a Nationalist Chinese fishing boat adrift for 48 hours. The escort destroyer returned to Yokosuka, Japan, on 8 July.

Instead of departing for home, Walker received orders to replace Walke in antisubmarine exercises in the Sea of Japan. These exercises included the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and naval units of the Republic of Korea. On 24 July, a Soviet Kotlin-class destroyer was sighted as it commenced shadowing the Allied group. Walker was designated to shoulder the Russian destroyer, and she was successful in preventing the attempted penetration of the screen by the Russian ship and her replacement. Walker also assumed duty on 29 July as a shadow against the Soviet electronics intelligence (Elint) trawler Izmeritel.

On 1 August 1966, Walker detached and proceeded to Yokosuka from whence she began the transit to Hawaii. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 10 August and made preparations for a yard overhaul. Walker entered the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on 19 September and remained in overhaul status for the rest of calendar year 1966.

Regular overhaul was completed on 3 February 1967, and type training exercises, refresher training, and an operational readiness evaluation followed. On 18 April, Walker departed Pearl Harbor en route to Japan. From 4 to 17 May, the task group embarked on a transit of the Sea of Japan to demonstrate antisubmarine and antiair capabilities with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

On 10 May 1967, Walker relieved Taylor of screening duty for Hornet from the Soviet destroyer Besslednyy (022) which was attempting to close Hornet and harass the task group. A collision occurred between the two ships with minor damage sustained by both ships. The next day, Walker was again involved in screening duties with a Soviet ship. Late in the afternoon, a Soviet Krupnyy-class destroyer ("025") began to maneuver in an attempt to close Hornet Walker effectively maneuvered the ship away. The Soviet destroyer than signaled a left turn. Walker signaled "do not cross ahead of me." The Soviet ship came left and collided with Walker causing minor damage to both ships. Following exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy, Walker returned to Sasebo, Japan, and held a news conference and interviews on board concerning the Sea of Japan incidents.

The escort destroyer arrived at the Gulf of Tonkin on 25 May 1967. Walker served in several capacities: providing call fire, harassment, and interdiction fire for airborne spotters acting as a rescue destroyer for Hornet, Bon Homme Richard and Constellation and firing around-the-clock missions for numerous Army and Marine units.

On the evening of 15 July, while providing gunfire support south of Cape Batangan, Walker received notification that a North Vietnamese naval trawler (459) carrying arms was expected to attempt a landing in the vicinity. Walker provided gunfire support for the attack on the trawler and suppressed enemy fire from the beach. The trawler was beached by the crew and abandoned with large quantities of arms, ammunition, and demolition equipment recovered by American forces.

Walker joined Operation Beacon Guide as a naval gunfire support ship on 20 July and provided preparation fire for the amphibious and helicopter assault south of Huế. After a brief tender availability at Taiwan, Walker returned to the Tonkin Gulf on 9 August and operated with Intrepid (CVS-11) for a week prior to departure for Hong Kong.

The escort destroyer rejoined Hornet, and the task group arrived at Hong Kong on 16 August, then transited to Sasebo, Japan, for repairs. Walker returned to the Gulf of Tonkin on 7 September and was detached three days later to proceed to the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea and conduct surveillance and gather intelligence data about the Chinese communist-held islands.

Upon her return to the waters off Vietnam, Walker reported to Coral Sea for duty as her escort and spent the majority of September in various antisubmarine warfare exercises. On 27 September, Walker rejoined Hornet and rescued four survivors of an aircraft which had plunged into the water after losing an engine during launch.

On 1 October 1967, the escort destroyer returned to antisubmarine warfare (ASW) exercises, then headed for upkeep at Yokosuka prior to preceding to the eastern Pacific. Walker arrived at Pearl Harbor on 23 October and spent a month in post-deployment leave, type training, and a reserve cruise. Holiday leave commenced on 15 December.

Walker spent the first seven months of 1968 in her home port conducting type training and preparing for a final western Pacific deployment. On 5 August, the escort destroyer got underway on the fourth western Pacific deployment since the beginning of the Vietnam War. She arrived at Subic Bay, Philippines, via Midway Atoll and Guam on 18 August, then proceeded to Vietnam.

Planeguard duty with America was Walker's first assignment. During her first night on station, she rescued a man overboard from America. On 13 November, Walker was relieved and proceeded to Subic Bay for upkeep. On 1 December, the escort destroyer arrived at the area north of Vũng Tàu for gunline duty which ended on 15 December.

After a fuel stop at Subic Bay, Walker continued to Cebu, Philippines, arriving on 18 December as part of Operation Handclasp. The ship returned to Subic Bay on 22 December for a five-day tender availability alongside Samuel Gompers. On 29 December, Walker returned to Vietnam for a week of planeguard duty with Constellation (CVA-64).

On 5 January 1969, the escort destroyer departed for visits to Hong Kong and Subic Bay. The ship joined three other destroyers and sailed for Australia and New Zealand. Walker and Taylor visited Wollongong and Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, before arriving back at Pearl Harbor on 28 February. March was spent in leave and, at the end of the month, Walker received word that she would be decommissioned.

May was spent in port at Pearl Harbor but, on 2 June, Walker got underway for San Diego, the designated decommissioning site. On 2 July 1969, Walker was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List.

The ship was sold to Italy, where she was renamed Fante (D 561). Fante was retired from Italian Navy service in 1977, and broken up for scrap.

Walker earned six battle stars for World War II engagements, two for Korean War, and three for Vietnam War service.

USS Hazelwood (DD-107)

USS Hazelwood (DD-107) amerykański niszczyciel typu Wickes będący w służbie United States Navy w okresie po I wojnie światowej. Patronem okrętu był John Hazelwood.

Stępkę okrętu położono 24 grudnia 1918 w stoczni Union Iron Works w San Francisco. Zwodowano go 22 czerwca 1918, matką chrzestną była Marian L. Neitzel. Jednostka weszła do służby 20 lutego 1919, pierwszym dowódcą został Comdr. A. A. Corwin.

Po rejsie odbiorczym i podróży do Norfolk po zapasy, "Hazelwood" 15 kwietnia 1919 opuścił Nowy Jork i popłynął w stronę Morza Śródziemnego. Do Gibraltaru dotarł 9 maja i uczestniczył w szkoleniach i ćwiczeniach jako eskorta pancernika "Arizona" (BB-39). Po rejsie śródziemnomorskim okręt wyszedł z portu maltańskiego 28 lipca i dotarł do Nowego Jorku 13 sierpnia. Następnego dnia wyszedł w rejs na Pacyfik, który miał się stać od teraz wodami macierzystymi. Niszczyciel odwiedzając po drodze Kubę i Panamę dotarł do San Francisco 5 września. Po operacjach w rejonie zachodniego wybrzeża USA okręt został wycofany ze służby 7 lipca 1922 w San Diego.

"Hazelwood" wrócił do pełnej służby 1 kwietnia 1925 i uczestniczył w ćwiczeniach gotowości i szkoleniach wraz z jednostkami Floty Pacyfiku przez następne 5 lat. Został wycofany ze służby 15 listopada 1935 w San Diego i sprzedany firmie Learner and Rosenthal 30 sierpnia 1935.

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