Ship Design - Gearing Class Destroyer









2425 tons

390.5 ft

40.75 ft

18.5 ft

35 knots


High pressure superheated

boilers, geared turbines

with twin screws, 60,000 hp

(6)  5” /38 Deck guns

2 x 5   21” torpedo tubes

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The U.S.S. Bausell was commissioned on February 7, 1946, at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts and thus  began officially her career in the naval service.  The shakedown cruise was made to the Caribbean area in March of that same year. Guantanamo, Calebra and San Juan were visited in succession. The ship returned to her home yard at Boston, but was soon underway for the blue waters of the Pacific.

The Mighty "B" passed through the Panama Canal in mid July of 1946 and continued up the coast to San Diego while conducting maneuvers en route. Almost one year after her commissioning, the Bausell and her crew enjoyed liberty call on Navy Day 1946 at San Pedro, California.

On February 24, 1947, the Bausell was assigned to take part in her first full fledged fleet exercise. Darkened ship, rotating screens, condition watches and the unscheduled rescue of a downed PBM crew was her initiation to combat conditions. Upon her return to San Diego on March 28, 1947, the Bausell carried out training for the next quarter.

On July 2, the Bausell weighed anchor in San Diego with COMDESDIV 12 and embarked on her way to Pearl Harbor for three months of vigorous hunter-killer exercises. It was during this period that the unfortunate crash of a B-17 carrying ambassador Atchison occurred and the Bausell along with DESDIV 12 was detached to enter the search. The end of the summer brought to a close the Hawaiian exercises and her first completed Far East cruise. The Bausell then headed to Puget Sound Naval shipyard to undergo her first overhaul. She had proven to be a vital member of the U.S. fleet.

After the overhaul, the Bausell was sent back to the Far East in early Jan, 1949. Com 7Th Fleet ordered Bausell to proceed at Flank Speed to the mouth of the Yellow river (known as the Yangtze) to rescue a US cargo ship. During the communist blockade of Shanghai, the merchant freighter "Flying Arrow" was shelled and hit 30 to 40 times by Chinese Nationalist gunboats. Destroyers, USS Bausell, USS Stickell and USS Anderson arrived in a maximum state readiness as ChiNats gunboats lurked in the distance of the crippled ship. The Mighty B and her crew stood fast and protected the Flying Arrow giving her time to complete repairs and enabling her to sail to a safe port.

Between February 1951 and April 1954, the Bausell completed three Far East cruises, operating almost continuously with the United Nation’s forces in Korea.  She operated with carrier task forces, blockaded the east coast of Korea and patrolled the Formosa straits.  She also provided illumination and gunfire support for United Nations troops, aided in various sea-air rescue missions and participated in anti-submarine warfare exercises.  The Bausell received three battle stars for her Korean service.


After the Korean War, the Bausell sailed in November 1954 on her sixth Far East cruise joining a fast support task force in the Evacuation of the Tachan Islands (February 1955).  In April 1955, the Bausell cruised back to the States for an overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and then returned late that  year for her seventh Far East tour.  She then assisted in various operations with the Seventh Fleet, the Japanese Navy and the Chinese Nationalist Navy.

On her eighth Far East tour, which began in 1957, the Bausell participated in Operation Beacon Hill, a Pacific Fleet  training Exercise, off Luzon, P.I. and returned in July.  During a competitive year in 1957, the Bausell was successful in retaining the Battle Efficiency Award “E” in Gunnery, ASW Operations, Engineering and Support for outstanding performances during the year.

In 1959, while Bausell was on a Far-East cruise, the crew decided our ship needed a logo. A contest was held on board to see who could come up with the best design. Many good drawings were submitted, but only one stood out from all the rest, which symbolized the ships capabilities and primary mission of Anti Submarine Warfare. That image was none-other than the Seahorse breathing fire on a jet with its tail wrapped around a submarine. The art work created by shipmate YNM-3 Glen Griffin won first place.

In July 1960,  after steaming a half million miles since 1946, the Bausell commenced a 12 month period of rehabilitation and Modernization at Paget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.  This program, known as FRAM MK 1, was designed to extended the useful life of the Bausell by some eight years.  As a result of this modernization,  Bausell was equipped with Some of the most advanced modern naval armament of it’s time.

Configured principally for anti-submarine warfare, Bausell’s five inch aft gun mount was removed and fitted with ASROC, two triple-tube MK 32 torpedo tubes and a reconfigured aft super structure with a hanger to support a drone anti-sub helicopter (DASH).

After this massive overhaul, the Naval shipyard presented a custom made bronze plaque depicting a new crest to the ship and crew to celebrate the re-commissioning.  Since June 1961, this unique crest is known by the crew  as “THE SEAHORSE”.

In May of 1962, the Bausell took part in Operation Swordfish.  This was the only test of an ASROC launched nuclear depth charge.  Even though the Bausell was chosen as the target ship, she came through unscathed and later that year was ready to commence her eleventh cruise to the Far East.  As flagship for Destroyer Squadron Five, the Bausell set the pace by winning an “E” in Gunnery and nominated as the number one ship in the squadron in the annual competitive grading conducted by the

Squadron staff.

The Bausell saw her first action off the coast of Vietnam in 1964.  During that time she distinguished herself in combat again.  The Mighty “B” then engaged in Sea Dragon Operations against the North Vietnam targets and  executed accurate gunfire support, inflicting damage on numerous coastal targets.  In addition, the Bausell participated in escort and rescue operations for carrier strike forces and by 1970, she made a total of sixteen deployments to the Western Pacific.  Among the many awards that were presented in recognition of her services, were the Meritorious Unit citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”.

Between 1971 and 1977, Bausell was home ported in Japan and continued to participate in gunfire support missions in Vietnam, right up until the signing of the peace treaty in January 1973.  In the spring of 1975, the Bausell was actively involved in Operation Frequent Wind, in which she received the Humanitarian Service medal.  In between those missions, she joined with the carrier task groups for multi-national anti-submarine warfare exercises involving naval units from Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Highlights of the Bausell’s six year deployment include the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 and assisting in the rescue of the SS Mayaguez. She was also awarded the Battle of Efficiency “E” after an 18 month long competition with other ships of Destroyer Squadron 15.

After 32 years of continuous service and more than two and one-half million miles of steaming, one of the Navy’s last WWII vintage destroyers bid final farewell.  On October 26, 1977, the Bausell set sail for San Diego to undergo preparations for decommissioning.  But, not before a cruise of a lifetime, visiting Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, Tonga Islands, Fuji Islands, Samoa and Hawaii.

On May 30, 1978, at the Naval Stations pier #38, Rear admiral W.H. Rowden, was guest speaker for the decommissioning ceremony in which 150 enlisted men and 10 officers marched off the Bausell and secured the watch.  CDR John H. McMillian, last commanding officer of the Bausell, hauled down the ship’s national ensign along with his personal command flag and the ship’s commissioning pennant.

After the decommissioning, the U.S.S. Bausell was officially stricken from the active units of the U.S. Navy and utilized as a target  for missile test and evaluation program.  She survived several direct harpoon missile hits, one through the radio room and another in the aft officers quarters.  Our fighting lady sank to her final resting place in the Pacific Ocean on July 7, 1987.