USS Hazelwood
DD 531 (Fletcher class)

Courtesey of: Captain Jerry Mason USN at NavSource

Builder:        Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, 
Laid Down:  	April 11, 1942
Launched:       November 20, 1942
Commissioned:  	June 18, 1943
Decommissioned: March 19, 1965
Fate:           Sold for scrap March 13, 1976

We are seeking information on the USS Hazelwood and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The E-mail:


Iíll try to get pictures together later. In photo 008, the man farthest to the right sitting, curly blond hair is my Father Harlan M. Gordon! I have pictures that he gave me and that is one of them.

I will send more as soon as I get them all together.

Steve Gordon


I found your site and wanted to tell you my dad James W. Lindsay served aboard the Hazelwood (DD 531) during WWII.

He was fire control from a platform on the foreward stack and was seriously wounded in the Kamikaze attack. His position was the first hit by the plane and he was knocked to the deck just beside the torpedos. Very few men survived in the foreward section and dispite all the troubles his injuries caused him he considered himself to be lucky.

For the rest of his life he suffered from the effects of his injuries. I once asked him, when I was a little boy why the palms of his hands were so smooth. The skin was burned off when he grabbed hot metal trying to drag himself away from the fire caused by the plane exploding.

If there is anything else you would like to know just let me know.

Bryant Lindsay
Powder Springs GA

Subject: USS Hazelwood
Date: 11/28/05
From: Fred Dees


I was a GM2 on the USS Hazelwood DD531 from 1951 to 1955. We recommissioned her in late 1951 in San Diego and then was assigned to our homeport, Newport, R I , for the remainder of my tour. We did our shake down in San Diego, made several trips to Gitmo, Korea during the talks, and then back by way of the Med. So we got a round-the-world cruise just for being cold for six months. I have some pictures of her at sea and in port. I also have a list of the crew and their costumes for crossing the Equator in 1953 or 1954. I say I have them but that doesn't mean I know where they are but will look for them if you can use them.

Subject: USS Hazelwood
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004
From: Carol Gertner


In surfing the web, I recently came across your site and your page for the USS Hazelwood. I knew my friends husband had served on this ship during WWII. His name is Paul Uvanitte and I am writing this note on behalf of him. He was the individual responsible for removing the black flag from the ship, helping to put out the fires and repairing it enough so that they could get it back to Honolulu. He was awarded the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (12 stars) and Philippine Liberation Ribbon (2 stars).

If you are interested in his story, or know a site that would be, please email me at

Thank you,

Carol Gertner

More Photo's:

Photo 002 Liberty at the Casa Blanca Club.
Photo 004 Painting by John Hamilton.
Photo 008 Hazelwood sailors enjoy Liberty.
Photo 009 Newspaper account of the Kamikaze attack.
Photo 012 Bow view

Courtesey of: Randy Kimes at NavSource

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