USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875)
USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) in 1946
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875)|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corp.|
|Laid down:||29 May 1944|
|Launched:||8 November 1944|
|Commissioned:||12 March 1945|
|Decommissioned:||3 December 1973|
|Struck:||3 December 1973|
|seven battle stars for Korean War service|
|Fate:||transferred to Brazil, 3 December 1973|
|Name:||D-25 Marcilio Dias|
|Acquired:||3 December 1973|
|Fate:||sunk as target, 19 September 1994|
|Class & type:||Gearing-class destroyer|
|Length:||390.5 ft (119.0 m)|
|Beam:||41.07 ft (12.52 m)|
|Draft:||18.5 ft (5.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||High-pressure super-heated boilers, geared turbines with twin screws, 60,000 hp|
|Speed:||34.5 knots (39.7 mph; 63.9 km/h)|
|Armament:||six 5"/38, eight 40 mm, five 21" torpedo tubes|
The second USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Henry W. Tucker (1919–1942) who was killed in action during the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942 and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Henry W. Tucker was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 29 May 1944, launched on 8 November 1944 by Mrs. Henry Walton Tucker, the mother of the late Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Henry W. Tucker, and commissioned on 12 March 1945.
Henry W. Tucker operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, and participated in the Blockade of Wonsan and other North Korean ports. After she alernately served on the United States West Coast and in Hawaiian waters with deployments to the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. She underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts, between 13 December 1962 and 4 December 1963. During the Vietnam War Henry W. Tucker served as plane guard for aircraft carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Operation Sea Dragon and Operation Market Time, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions.
Carried Nuclear missiles during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and throughout the Vietnam War.
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