USS Hazelwood DD531
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.(San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||11 Apr 1942|
|Launched||20 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||18 Jun 1943|
|Decommissioned||18 January 1946.|
|Recommissioned||12 September 1951.|
|Decommissioned||19 Mar 1965|
On 29 April 1945, the carrier group she was shepherding was attacked by kamikazes who dove out of low cloud cover.Hazelwood, all guns blazing, maneuvered to avoid two of the Zeros. A third screamed out of the clouds from astern. It hit #2 stack on the port side, smashed into the bridge, and exploded. Flaming gasoline spilled over the decks and bulkheads as the mast toppled and the forward guns were put out of action. Ten officers and 67 men were killed, including the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. V. P. Douw, and 36 were missing.
Stricken 1 December 1974.
Sold 14 April 1976 and broken up for scrap.