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USS Duncan (DD-874) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Duncan (DD-874) 

USS Duncan (DD-874) was launched 27 October 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Thayer; and commissioned 25 February 1945, Commander P. D. Williams in command. She was reclassified DDR-874 on 18 March 1949.

USS Duncan (DD-874), converted to a radar picket destroyer during her postshakedown overhaul, sailed from Norfolk 2 June 1945 for the Pacific, and after touching at San Diego and Pearl Harbor, joined USS Cabot (CVL-28) for screening and plane guard duty during the strikes on Wake Island of 1 August. For the next year USS Duncan (DD-874) trained along the west coast, keeping high her operational skills and readiness. In May 1947 she departed San Diego for a 5-month cruise to the Far East, where she visited Okinawa, Japan, and China. USS Duncan (DD-874) operated between San Diego and Pearl Harbor until November 1950 when she steamed into Korean waters to join the 7th Fleet in its unremitting projection of sea power against Communist aggression. USS Duncan (DD-874) served a total of three tours off Korea during the fighting in that ravaged land.

Since the end of the Korean fighting in 1953, USS Duncan (DD-874) has remained busy in the Pacific, alternating Far Eastern duty with training and maintenance on the west coast. She has visited Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and many islands of the Pacific during her farflung travels in guarding peace and order. At the end of 1960, Duncan lay in Long Beach Naval Shipyard, undergoing extensive overhaul and modernization-a sign of many more active years ahead.

For a complete history of USS Duncan (DD-874) please see its DANFS page.