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COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CDR. FRANK C. FERDON CDR. JAMES D. BROTHERTON6
CO MA DHSTORY
USS DAVIDSON IFF-1045j, the Hrst ship in the United States Navy to bear the name, is the Hfth in the
GARCIA class of frigates and the third to be built by Avondale Shipyard Inc. Westwego, Louisiana. Her keel
was laid 30 September 1963 and she was christened 2 October 1964 by her sponsor, Mrs. Lyal A. Davidson, the
widow of the ship's namesake. DAVIDSON arrived in Hawaii on 13 April 1966 to join Destroyer Flotilla
FIVE. She sailed on her Hrst Western Pacific Tour KWESTPACQ on 18 April 1967 and saw her Hrst
Vietnamese gunline action 12 September 1967. DAVIDSON saw continuous employment as naval gunHre
support ship during her following deployments untill 17 October 1969. She recorded high marks for accuracy
and amounts of ammunition expended, a record on May 1972 for shooting over 1200 rounds in one all-night
bombardment. She was nicknamed "The Biggest Little Destroyer in WESTPACH.
DAVIDSON earned Battle EfHciency UE" Awards in 1971 and 1972. DA VIDSON's gun mounts display
permanent gold "E"s earned by being the most efHcient gunnery division for Hve years straight. DA VIDSON
also displays the following awards: Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National
Defense Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of
Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation I Cross of Gallantryj and the Vietnam Service Medal.
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