USS Hazelwood  DD531

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Navy US Navy
Type Destroyer
Class Fletcher 
Pennant DD 531 
Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.(San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 11 Apr 1942 
Launched 20 Oct 1942 
Commissioned 18 Jun 1943 
Decommissioned 18 January 1946.
Recommissioned 12 September 1951.
Decommissioned 19 Mar 1965 

On 29 April 1945, the carrier group she was shepherding was attacked by kamikazes who dove out of low cloud cover.Hazelwood, all guns blazing, maneuvered to avoid two of the Zeros. A third screamed out of the clouds from astern. It hit #2 stack on the port side, smashed into the bridge, and exploded. Flaming gasoline spilled over the decks and bulkheads as the mast toppled and the forward guns were put out of action. Ten officers and 67 men were killed, including the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. V. P. Douw, and 36 were missing.

Stricken 1 December 1974.
Sold 14 April 1976 and broken up for scrap.

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