Thanks to Roy Thomas for sending us this photo and the following information:
"I served on USS O'Brien DD-725 from 12/51 - 12/54 sailing many miles alongside Hubbard. I attached a pic showing our div tied at Pearl homeward bound from WestPac in Jan 1953. The ships shown are O'Brien DD-725 (fwd, outboard), Hubbard DD-748, (fwd, inboard), Brown DD-546, (aft, outboard), and Walke DD-723, (aft, inboard). Philippine Sea, CV-47 is in background."
--Roy C. Thomas SO1 USN (long ago)
Following the invasion of South Korea, USS Harry E. Hubbard was recommisioned 27 October 1950. Commander Burris D. Wood in command. After initial shakedown along the coast of California she departed San Diego 2 January 1951 for two months of training in Hawaiian waters. She then steamed to assist the U.N. forces in Korea. Besides helping guard the fast carrier task force making repeated air strikes against the enemy, she frequently joined in gun strike missions to bombard coastal rail and communication centers and performed as sea-going artillery to support the advance of land troops. Her bombardment missions were conducted against targets at Yongdae Gap Wonsan, Songjin, Chingjim, Kyoto, Chako, Bokoko, Chuminjin and other enemy strongholds of supply an reinforcement. When destroyer Walke DD-723 was heavily damaged by underwater explosion off Wonson 11 June 1951, Harry E Hubbard, with the same skill as off Okinawa in 1945, moved to render effective medical and damage control assistance. She returned to the California coast in October 1951 for overhaul and completed a similar tour of duty with the 7th fleet off Korea July to December 1952. Hubbard was with the helicopter carrier USS Siapan CVL 48 during the prisoner exchange in Inchon in the fall of 1953.
She returned to San Diego in January 1953 but again departed 11 July to guard fast carrier task groups watching over the uneasy truce in Korea. Intervened by patrol in the Taiwan Straits, this duty continued until 13 January 1954. She returned to San Diego for overhaul and refresher training along the western seaboard.
LT Andy Kremm 1951-52
We were awarded the China Service Medal, awarded to us for detaching from TF77, to sail into the Yellow Sea, which was under British Control in 1951.