WALLACE L. LIND (DD-703) was laid down on 14 February 1944 by the Federal
Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co Kearny N.J.; launched on 14 June 1944; sponsored
by Mrs. WALLACE L. LIND; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 8
September 1944, Comdr. G. DeMetropolis in command.
Shakedown, which took WALLACE L. LIND from the New York Navy Yard to Bermuda and
back, extended through 2 November 1944. Departing Virginia en route to the
Pacific on 14 November, she transited the Panama Canal on the 27th and arrived
at Pearl Harbor on 13 December and underwent upkeep and training exercises.
WALLACE L. LIND and TRACY (DM-19) took leave of Hawaii on 23 December,
escorting ENTERPRISE (CV-6) to Ulithi. TRACY left the formation and proceeded
to Eniwetok, and she was replaced by FRAZIER (DD-607).
On 6 January 1946, the destroyer made rendezvous with Fast Carrier Task Force 38
under Admiral W. F. Halsey, Commander, 3d Fleet in NEW JERSEY (BB-62). Air
strikes against Luzon began on 6 January 1945 and were followed by strikes
against Formosa, Saigon, the Pescadore Islands, and Hong Kong. Photo
reconnaissance planes surveyed Okinawa Gunto in preparation for the upcoming
invasion. On 23 January, WALLACE L. LIND left the area north of Luzon and
arrived at Ulithi three days later for upkeep.
The destroyer reported for duty with Task Force (TF) 58, a fast carrier task
force, on 11 February 1945. On 16 February, carrier planes conducted raids in
the Tokyo area and, the following afternoon, retired toward Iwo Jima, with the
carrier planes conducting air searches en route.
On 19 February 1945, the carriers launched aircraft as cover for the initial
landing of troops on Iwo Jima. These operations continued through 25 February
when strikes again commenced against Tokyo. During the above actions, WALLACE
L. LIND was assigned to screen the carriers and to assist in mail deliveries
and transfer of personnel.
WALLACE L. LIND's destroyer group departed the Honshu area on 27 February and
set course for Okinawa, arriving four days later. On 1 March, this vessel acted
as a plane guard for strikes against Okinawa and Minami Daito. Upon recovery of
the strike planes, the task group set course for Ulithi, Caroline Islands.
After a period of routine upkeep, drydock, and availability, WALLACE L. LIND set
course for Kyushu, where the first air strikes were launched on 18 March.
Numerous enemy aircraft appeared sporadically throughout this first day. The
second day saw strikes and sweeps against Kyushu targets, as well as a special
sweep on Kii Suido. Two Japanese planes closed the formation, and the destroyer
opened fire. Both planes were destroyed by gunfire.
WALLACE L. LIND departed the area on 19 March. The destroyer temporarily joined
a unit which proceeded to execute shore bombardment against Minami Daito on 28
March. The following day, strikes were launched against airfields on Kyushu.
LIND exploded two floating mines and fired on an enemy torpedo plane which
crashed shortly afterward. While commencing a southerly retirement, WALLACE L.
LIND executed a strike against Amami Gunto en route.
On 30 and 31 March 1945, strikes and sweeps over Okinawa Gunto provided cover
for D day landing operations. The operations in that area continued, with
intermittent strikes against Amami Gunto and refueling and rearming operations,
throughout April. On 7 April, dawn search planes reported contact with units of
the Japanese Fleet consisting of one battleship (later identified as YAMATO),
two light cruisers, and eight destroyers. All available planes of the three
task groups, totaling 380, were launched to make the strike. Upon their return,
they reported sinking the battleship, both cruisers, and three destroyers.
During the month of April, WALLACE L. LIND destroyed two enemy planes and made
The month of May was spent participating in strikes against Okinawa Gunto,
Kyushu, and the Amami O'Shima-Kikai Jima area. WALLACE L. LIND performed
various duties ranging from screening the carriers to recovering downed pilots.
During these operations, Japanese kamikaze planes dove on TF 58, hitting both
ENTERPRISE (CV-6) and BUNKER HILL (CV-17). The destroyer participated in one
shore bombardment, sank three mines, shot down three Japanese planes, and had
This marked the end of a period of continuous steaming from 14 March 1945 when
WALLACE L. LIND started from Ulithi with TF 58 in support of the Okinawa
occupation. On 1 June, WALLACE L. LIND arrived at San Pedro Bay, Philippines,
and went alongside DIXIE (AD14) for availability through 12 June. The remainder
of June was spent in various training exercises and getting the ship ready for
On 1 July 1945, WALLACE L. LIND, in company with ships of Destroyer Squadron
(DesRon) 62, got underway from San Pedro Bay in advance of the heavy ships of
Task Group (TG) 38.3 to provide an antisubmarine screen for their sortie. Nine
days later the vessel arrived at the area off the east coast of Honshu, Japan,
and the task group launched strikes against the Tokyo plains area. WALLACE L.
LIND assumed duty as a picket station, then acted as a communication link
between task groups. On 14 July 1945, she joined the carrier strikes on the
east coast of Honshu and the northern Honshu-Hokkaido target area.
After refueling east of the Bonin Islands, WALLACE L. LIND returned to the
operating area off the east coast of Kyushu on 24 July. She was then in
position to act as a picket in the "Able Day" strikes against the Kure area. On
30 July, the task group launched strikes at air installations in the
Tokyo-Nagoya area. The next day, the ships retired on a southerly course for
replenishment. On 8 August, planes hit northern Honshu and Hokkaido as well as
the Tokyo plains area. WALLACE L. LIND received official word that the war with
Japan had ceased on 15 August 1945. The task group moved to the southeast of
Tokyo with all ships taking precautions against attacking enemy aircraft which
persisted, in some cases, despite the war's end.
On 1 September, the destroyer went alongside SHANGRI-LA (CV-38) and took on
board Vice Admiral John H. Towers and staff and then transported them to Tokyo
Bay for the surrender ceremonies. Vice Admiral Towers shifted his flag from
SHANGRI-LA to WALLACE L. LIND and, upon completion of the ceremonies the
following day, returned to SHANGRI-LA.
The destroyer took part in maintaining air patrols and searches over northern
Japan in connection with the occupation; then, on 21 September, set course for
Eniwetok. She underwent availability through 6 October and spent the remainder
of the month in upkeep and training exercises in Tokyo Bay.
WALLACE L. LIND and JOHN W. WEEKS (DD-701) departed Tokyo Bay on 31 October for
Sasebo, Japan, where she spent the final months of 1945 operating between
Sasebo and Okinawa. On 5 January 1946, the destroyer stopped briefly at
Eniwetok before commencing her homeward journey. She arrived at her home port
of Norfolk, Va., on 19 February 1946, after stopping at Pearl Harbor and San
Francisco and transiting the Panama Canal.
From 9 March through 26 April, WALLACE L. LIND underwent tender availability, a
leave period, and training at Casco Bay, Maine. She then traveled to
Charleston, S.C., where she underwent restricted availability and operated with
JOHN W. WEEKS until 12 July when her home port was changed to New Orleans.
WALLACE L. LIND then commenced Naval Reserve training cruises in the Caribbean.
This type of operations characterized her activity for the next several years.
On 7 January 1949, the destroyer returned to Norfolk, Va., and conducted
operations out of that port until 6 September. The next day, she made
rendezvous with TF 89 and commenced a Mediterranean cruise which lasted through
26 January 1950 when she returned to Norfolk, Va.
WALLACE L. LIND spent the greater part of 1950 engaged in training operations
and a cruise to the Caribbean. On 6 September, the destroyer sailed for the Far
East and the Korean War. The ship arrived off the coast of Korea on 13 October
and centered her movements around Wonsan Harbor, then under siege, with
frequent interruptions for blockade patrol and bombardment missions in the
vicinity of Songjin and Hungnam.
During the period 17 to 24 December, WALLACE L. LIND took part as an active
member of what was said by many to be one of the mightiest naval forces ever
assembled in short range support of ground forces. This was in the defense of
Hungnam and in the support of the eventual evacuation.
Throughout the entire month of January 1951, WALLACE L. LIND operated as a
member of the East Korea Blockade Group and attended to duties such as naval
gunfire support and support of minesweeping operations.
The destroyer spent February conducting special intelligence missions which
included shore bombardment, fire support, and screening duties in the area of
Kangnung and placing intelligence teams ashore in the areas of Wonsan, Chaho,
and Chongjin. The ship conducted many gunfire support missions against targets
spotted by these intelligence teams. On 20 February, WALLACE L. LIND, along
with OZBOURN (DD-846) and CHARLES S. SPERRY (DD-697), engaged in the rescue of
a pilot who had crash-landed in Wonsan harbor. While the three ships were
attempting rescue operations, shore batteries opened fire on them, and WALLACE
L. LIND successfully returned fire.
On 15 March 1951, a seven-ship naval bombardment of the Wonsan district resulted
in reported enemy casualties of some 6,000. The following afternoon, shore
batteries fired at the ships in the harbor, and counterbattery fire from the
destroyers began in a matter of seconds. Gun positions were taken under fire,
and several explosions were noted on the peninsula. On 17 March, WALLACE L.
LIND patrolled independently from Wonsan south along the coast. The ship took
the city of Kosong under fire and exposed and silenced a camouflaged shore
battery located south of Suwon Dan lighthouse.
WALLACE L. LIND departed the Korean area on 9 May 1951 and arrived at Pearl
Harbor 10 days later, having stopped at Yokosuka and Midway en route. She
transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Norfolk, Va., on 9 June.
After a brief trip to New York, the destroyer departed Norfolk on 26 August 1952
for a Mediterranean deployment. She returned to Norfolk on 4 February 1953 and
spent several months in her home port. On 19 November, the destroyer departed
for refresher training at Guantanamo, returning on 14 December to spend the
holiday season at Norfolk. On 4 January 1954, the ship returned to the
Guantanamo area for the remainder of the month. On 31 January 1954, WALLACE L.
LIND returned to Norfolk where she remained through 10 May. Commencing 11 May,
the destroyer operated off the Middle Atlantic coast and returned to her home
port nine days later. On 1 June, she set course for Key West and operated in
that area and the Gulf of Honduras until the 25th of June when she arrived back
at Norfolk and remained there until 7 September. At that time, she again made a
brief cruise off the Middle Atlantic coast before departing on a transatlantic
On 22 September, WALLACE L. LIND arrived at Lisbon, Portugal. After a stay of
five days, the destroyer departed for a brief stop at Bermuda before returning
to Norfolk on 8 October. She took part in Operation "Lantflex 1-55" which ran
from 20 to 29 October. On 1 November, the ship returned to Norfolk and remained
at her home port through the 1t of May 1955.
On 2 May 1955, WALLACE L. LIND got underway for a cruise to several European
countries including England, Scotland, France, Germany, and Portugal as well as
Reykjavik, Iceland. While in Germany, the crew had the pleasure of sailing
through the Kiel Canal to participate in the International Sailing Regatta. The
destroyer returned to Norfolk, Va., on 19 August and remained in port until 10
October when she set course for Philadelphia, Pa., where she underwent an
extensive overhaul which lasted through 12 February 1956.
The destroyer then returned to her home port and spent several weeks before
departing for Guantanamo and various training exercises which lasted through 23
March 1956. On 27 March, the ship returned to Norfolk and conducted operations
in the Virginia capes.