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HISTORY OF THE SHIP
U s.s. WALDRON QDD-6991 . . . 1
. ' M rch 26 1944, at the Federal Shipbuilding Company, Th
The launching of the USS Waldron took place in Kparrgrlfv Iflgvigfglfgevyllgganqadagiven gig life for his Country during World War H The e
name was bestowed go carrY dig 312:-igcgiogvziigrglqoryesmiiasgiig Qffioer of Torpedo Squadron 8, had laid the ground work for a name that
Officer, Lieutenant omman -h 1 A
would come to be relied on under any circumstances. d d d b Commander George E. Peckham, was ordered on a
The U55 Waldron, first attached ts DtesDLx2rlgg ofglielslilog Sgejvnanciopgglslllipe hazing proved their ability to carry out their assigned
Shflkladown CTS: gElgjY,e1Ej,n?t?3j4:5tCZfles Naasyn were transferred to the Pacific Fleet to put in practice the training completed during the
mission as a 1
shakwdcign crdlllsenot have long to wait for action The Year 1945 was to be 3 busy one for the EQIP- I?rU1'T?JanU3fY, VADM Mitcher's famed
a ron ' '
, . - v f F . W ldron was a unit o t at as orce.
TMAQ Ififaljzdr iEi1e:rif,rd1TiriDgltFelbei'1frdfif xalellieariizhilgzidgleaihgadiilccing iffnaoflzpaneese picket boat while strikes against Tokyo Bay were being held,
Th h' 'r elf Sustained onl ' minor bow damage, and was out of action for only a short time.
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The war found Waldron never very far from the center of activity. March 20, tie ShEfPd5ZOgt1IIl?a0fiLl:eguilgsgl mug t OWU 3 Plane-
A '1 t ' t' ships being constantly Om 211 9 Y m I ,
Thzrgitldidgre lqrlolrielh aoxfdarggdbrfd S5ir1ermS2fZ.rSF5vIesaa?v1:irdIe?tl Commander Peckham in June for the operation in which Waldron sank the
Japigeiritpfgldgt Flgeatmonth that the free world had long prayed and hoped for, saw Waldron proudly steaming alongside the USS V
MISSOgURI It's mission: to be present during the acceptance of the Unconditional Surrender of the Japanese. "Waldron" in life, and in
d b t t b t ke li htl in the plans for Japanese conquest. I . 4 U
dealslgaleiiigrlgvsrodghteqiiegislress 1:2 the lf,SSN:vyE1ndXto Waldron. The year 1946 was spent operating with destroyer forces. Training was
the primary mission. I , . . . .
New Orleans was to be the home port for the ship in 1947. During that year much time was spent in training Reserves--a most important
duty for the peacetime Navy. In 1948 the program continued and 23 two week cruises were made by Reservists. '
Having fulfilled her job of training for the future, Waldron departed the Reserve Training Fleet.to rejoin the active fleet. The. twelve
months of 1949 were filled with intensive fleet operations and good will tours with the sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, but during that
year orders were received to decommission the ship. ' . . ,
Waldron remained on the inactive list at Charleston, S.C. from 17 February 1950 imtil 20 November 1950, at which time she was re-
activated under the Command of CDR J, C, Shaw, USN. ln December, Waldron sailed for a shakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
which lasted until March 1951. During that month she returned to Charleston for a Navy Yard overhaul. Upon completion of her overhaul
in June 1951, she once again headed for Guantanamo Bay for a short period of refresher training before proceeding to her home port, Nor-
folk, Virginia, in August.
In September Waldron set sail for Northern Europe for a ten week period of good will visits before proceeding to the Mediterranean Sea
where she joined the Sixth Fleet for operations.
Upon returning to Norfolk in early February 1952, CDR J. C. Shaw was relieved as Commanding Officer by CDR Carl R. Cunningham,
The summer of 1952 found Waldron again proceeding to Europe, but this time with Midshipmen on board for their regular summer
cruise. Waldron completed this enjoyable period in September, and after brief repairs to her engines spent the remainder of the year in
anti-submarine warfare activities off the Atlantic Coast.
In 1953, Waldron once again entered the Navy Yard in Charleston, S.C. for extensive overhaul, thence, in June, to Guantanamo Bay
for refresher training and back to Norfolk to prepare for extended duty in the Far East. In November 1953, she proceeded on a leisurely
trip through the Panama Canal to the West Coast of the United States to arrive in San Diego, California, her jumping off place for Japan.
On the 16th of November Waldron departed for Japan, brief stops were made at Honolulu and at Midway Island. On 6 December 1953,
she arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, a short distance from Tokyo. Yokosuka was to be the home of Waldron during her stay in the Far East.
During her stay in Japan, Waldron operated with Pacific Ocean Anti-Submarine Forces and as part of the United Nations Security
Early in April CDR Fay E. Wilsio, USN, relieved CDR Cunningham as Commanding Officer, and immediately there after commenced
her voyage home to Norfolk by continuing West with stops at Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, Suez, Barcelona and several other exotic
places before her last lap across the Atlantic. Her arrival in Norfolk on 4 June 1954 was just over seven months after her departure.
After minor repairs, Waldron continued to operate in the Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of the United States, participating in anti-
submarine o erations act'n a l d f ' ft ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' '
I - . p , 1 g s p ane guar or aircra carriers, and conducting type training exercises with her sister ships in Destroyer
Division 222, In July 1955 she entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for her regular overhaul
On completion of her overhaul, Waldron again proceeded to Guantanamo Bay Cuba for'refresher training It was durin this period
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that Waldron set a record score of 90.1470 for the shore bombardment exercises all shipsxregularly conduct at Culebra Island, just off the east
coast oftliuerto Rico. '
Priorito returning to the United States Waldron again had a chan e f C d C ' R'
wheregCDRsWilsie was relieved by CDR'Rafael C. Benitez, USN, g O Omman eremony' This occured at San Juan' Puerto ICO,
After her return to the States the ship spent a month in the shipyard at Newport News Vir inia under oi ' t h shafts and
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propellers. Upon completion of repairs, Waldron joined units of the Atlantic Fleet operafing Eff the EastgCoIeEtrZrliaz-lliiifsubfnarine ex-
EAprFl 1956 again found Waldron preparing for distant duty and on May lst the ship got underwa for a t f d t .th th United
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iggtga-SLXlHNEl?sfk1n,the Mediterranean. After four and a half months of operating, Waldron returned during the middle of September to
fDuring this cruise Waldron operated in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf and was on the s '
, , , . pot during the Suez Canal controversy.
Stagalge fall of 1956 found Waldron operating with units of the Atlantic Fleet on anti-submarine exercises off the East Coast of the United
Wffldron prepared again in January for duty in the SIXTH Fleet and on J 2
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to tie gone this t1me for only four months returning to Norfolk on June 6th anuary t , 1947 She Salled for the Mediterranean' She was
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Perisder part -o uly Waldron sailed for New York for a two week Reserve Training Crurge and returned to Norfolk for a minor repair
After minor repairs Waldron continued to o ' '
U perate in the Atlantic Oce ff th - . . . . -
submarine operations is plane guard for carriers and conductin T e T :ego e East Coast of the United States Partlclpatmg m Anu-
Dmgng thilperiod, Commander John W. MASON, Jr., becamegcoyllpmanrgitpgncgflfiigirrcises with her sister ships in Destroyer Division 222.
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duringhthe latter part of October to her ehoge port, Nbcffdlliiiflixfginiallllgzdgegblgf sllikeftehtitfgdtrix Irlveikikof operatiens Waldron returned
Virginia for regular overhaul. e Of O Naval Sh1PYa1'd, Pmtsmoutha
In April 1958 after about four months o e h l W ld '
again she proved, her proficiency in shore bblnfrbifldfxieri btupraograidllnpgrzesfiiii E12 Glllrildmeanigo lgayl Cuba for refresher training- Here: Once
NR13gErhais:p1rt visit in Norfolk, Waldron along with the rest of DesRon 22 participatedyin als XSWPZSSIXS-undegeogng training' h t
U 1 s ipmen made this summer cruise as art f th ' ' ' else W lc was unique in t 3
While in New York, the Lebanese landings occured andy Wafdiedlrfxiaffildliidigdfeefl flelddtf dv:-e made to Mqntreal' Canada and New York City'
Perform. Y 19 erself for any job she might be called upon to
In September 1958, the Waldron once again departed Norfolk for an extended Medite
retiimregl to Norfolk in March 1959. Kean Sea cruise, as part of the SIXTH Fleet. She
Tl ay 1959 Commander H. A. CUMMINGS USN d
WALDRON, relieving Commander MASON- ' a gm nate of the U'S' Naval AeademY, Class of 1944, took command of the
In June 1959 the WALDRON was a unit of Ta k F
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Seaway mm the Great Lakes, where she Visited tie Gigli of Vhruifvlglljilgllczpitedsjlrgghe first Inland Seas Crulse, transiting the St. Lawrence
During this cruise the WALDRON met many old friends who had served ,in hers d oygan, will Toleeo' Ohio, and Montreal: Canada'
The year 1960 once again found the WALDRON t 't' h - an me .e many new fflends who Came to see and greet hef-
Pollenfja BHY to relieve the USS LOWRY and assumel-lilegsliirxfgee v?riflitlzlireU5I??'FFiaFl pffslmg the Rqck of Gibraltar 011 10 Feb. and entering
W During the Med Cruise of 1960, WALDRON visited many ports, making new friiidlnxgsl Medleenanean OH 13 Feb-
AIDRON visited the following ports, Golfe Juan, France, 19-27 Feb.- Piraeus Ath 1 e serving as Uncle Samvs ambassadors.
2 Apr., Cannes, France, 15-30 April, Ancona, Italy, 14-15 Mayg Napleb Italy 1-9-23 3115, gleecel S-21 Marchl Beirut, Lebanon, 28 Me-I'
Spain, 9-14 June She also spent a four day fleet anchora , ay' a Spezla' Rall' 28 May' 7 June Carta Gila
Q ge at Ar ' S d' ' ' " ' S 1
July-, before .heading Westwardtoward home via Palma, Spain, Alaildinte?gg3i1ra,g:g1'iDriEurned to Golfe Juan, France, fgr twoiweeks in
his Mediterranean Sea cruise of 1960 was a me O ensa Bay for turnover
mo bl f , Q ceremonies.
She won her first battle efficiency HE." ra e one or the Waldron and 1t's crew, for in addition to visiting many countrieh
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A MESSAGE FROM
I welcome this opportunity to express
to all hands my pleasure in having had
command of the WALDRON while she was
deployed in the Mediterranean with the
SIXTH FLEET. During this cruise WAL-
DRON was awarded the coveted "E", an
achievement in which you may all take
Operating with the SIXTH FLEET
places a ship in the front line of our
nation's POWER FOR PEACE forces. The
presence of our naval forces in Mediter-
ranean waters assures our friends over-
seas of America's friendship and concern
for them and for the wor1d's peace. It
was our fortune to share in this vigil and
visit among the people of five different
nations during our seven month's deploy-
The extent and variety of our oper-
ations was proof of the usefulness and
versatility of today's destroyer force.
Whether serving as a single shore bom-
bardment unit in an amphibious assault
landing or as an integral part of an im-
mense air defense net about a carrier
group, our purpose and abilities were
clearly evident. fp
In years to come it will be witha sense 1 t
of pride that we can leaf through this re- if ' H' '
cord of our cruise,knowing thatWALDRON p A Si. mt g img
was a first rate ship manned by a first I '
fate Crew- CDR. HARRY A CUMMINGS, U-SN
Commander CUMMINGS was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on l May 1921. Most of his early
education was acquired in schools at Norfolk, Virginia where he graduated from Holy Trinity
High School in 1939. He subsequently received a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Naval
Academy and graduated as an Ensign in 1943. His first duty assignment was the USS ERICSON
lDD4401where he served as Torpedo Officer and later as Gunnery Officer until 1946. In 1946
he was transferred to the USS HAYNSWORTH fDD7001 where he performed duties of Executive
Officer until 1948. Having displayed the essential requirements for command, he was assigned
as the Commanding Officer of the LSMR-517 until 1950 when he became Aide to the Chief
Military Assistance Advisory Group, The Netherlands. Upon completion of aide duty, he was
directed to report to the U.S. Naval Academy for assignment in the Executive Department. He
served as Company Officer at the Naval Academy from 1951-1953. His next assignment was that
of Navigator on the USS LOS ANGELES CCA-1351. From the LOS ANGELES he was transferred
in 1955 to the Armed Forces Staff College, and upon completion of the course was assigned as
Special Plans Officer on the'Staff of Commander Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. His last
duty assignment prior to present command was that of Gunnery Officer in the USS FORRESTAL
CCVA-591. Commander CUMMINGS assumed duty as the Commanding Officer, USS WALDRON
CDD,-6991 on 26 May 1959, having relieved Commander J. W. MASON, Jr.
Commander Cummings has served in destroyers, cruisers, carriers, and the amphibious
force, as well as having had staff duty and additional training at the Staff College. In his career
Commander CUMMINGS has received the following medals:
American Defense Navy Occupation Korean Service
Atlantic-European Theatre World War Il Victory United Nations
Asiatic-Pacific Theatre National Defense
Commander CUMMINGS is married to the former Rosemary DONOVAN of Norfolk, Virginia
They have three daughters and one son now residing at 1205 Lake Shores Road, Bayside,
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