Everett F. Larson (DD-830) was launched 28 January 1945 by
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. H. Larson, mother of Private
First Class Larson, and commissioned 6 April 1945, Commander H. Meyers in
command. She was reclassified DDR-830 on 18 March 1949.
Everett F. Larson sailed from Boston 1 August 1946 for the
Pacific, and on 29 September arrived at Tokyo Bay. During her lengthy
occupation service, she participated in the landing of Marines at Taku, China,
in October 1945, and in Operation "Road's End," the sinking of 24 captured
Japanese submarines in April 1946. She put in to San Diego, CA, 21 December,
bound for Newport, RI, her assigned home port, where she arrived 19 March 1947.
During her 9 years with the Atlantic Fleet, Everett F. Larson
completed seven tours of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean,
patrolling the Near East during the crisis over the Palestine partition and
joining in NATO training cruises in 1948 and 1955, and participated in
antisubmarine warfare activities off the east coast, as well as training in the
On 28 June 1956, Everett F. Larson arrived at Long Beach, CA,
her home port for duty in the Pacific Fleet. Operations off the coast of
California, and north to Seattle, prepared her for deployments to the Far East
in 1957, 1958, 1959,and 1960. During these she served on patrol duty off
Taiwan, exercised off Okinawa and in the Philippines, and acted as escort and
plane guard for the carriers of TF 77. Outward bound for her 1958 tour, she
called at Pago Pago, Samoa, and Auckland, New Zealand.
Everett F. Larson's last eastern Pacific operation prior to
her 1960 deployment to the western Pacific was as a unit of the US First Fleet
passing in review in the annual "Great White Fleet Review", in September 1960,
in San Francisco Bay.