TCS Supported Ship
Hull Number: DD-946
Launch Date: 01/04/1958
Commissioned Date: 11/07/1958
Decommissioned Date: 12/15/1988
Call Sign: NJRE
Voice Call Sign: FAIRBANKS (69-74)
Class: FORREST SHERMAN
FORREST SHERMAN Class
Namesake: MERRITT AUSTIN EDSON
MERRITT AUSTIN EDSON
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1963)
Merritt Austin Edson born 25 April 1897 in Rutland, VT, enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at the outbreak of World War I and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the regular Marine Corps 9 October 1917. He served in France from 1919. In 1941 he directed experimental operations which included training with high-speed transports. These led to the organization of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion II. This battalion was the prototype for Marine Raider and Army Ranger Battalions formed later in the war. Edson led his battalion during the invasion and capture of Tulagi from 7 to 9 August 1942, then was assigned to defend the ridge on Guadalcanal which dominated Henderson Field. For his superb and heroic leadership on the night of 13 and 14 September when his men stood off a fanatic attack by a much larger Japanese force, Colonel Edson was awarded the Medal of Honor. He took part in the Tarawa invasion and in 1944 was appointed Chief of Staff, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. After duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Marine Corps Headquarters, Major General Edson retired 1 August 1947. He died 14 August 1955 in Washington, DC.
Stricken 1/31/1989. Currently a museum ship at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, Bay City Michigan.