William Daniel Richardson [bottom left] age 19 from Derek Richardson Collection
I just finished looking up the ships my grandfather Richardson was on
during 1902-1903. His Naval career was cut short when he lost both of his
brothers (George July 15, 1902 and Jacob May 5,
1903) due to accidents within a year of each other. He was then was
the only male offspring left in his family and was discharged from the
Navy December 1903.
USS Concord PG-3 c1892
USS Columbia C-12 c 1897
USS Hancock AP-3 c1917
Here are pictures of 3 of his ships: the gunboat USS Concord PG3, the
commerce raider USS Columbia C12, and the troop carrier USS Hancock AP3-
all Spanish American War Vets. The USS Columbia set a speed record on a
crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in under 7 days (18.4 knots). The hardest
picture to find was the second USS Hancock. On the web out of 400+ hits
for USS Hancock only 3 were not for the WW II aircraft carrier CV19!
The frigates USS Pensacola and USS Independence
The other two ships: USS Pensacola (Civil War Vet) and USS Independence
(War of 1812 vet - served 98 years in the US Navy) were wooden ships: USS
Pensacola and USS Independence and they were both burned at Hunter's Point
(San Francisco) in the mud flats to get their metal fittings around 1912.
USS O'Bannon DD-450 c1966 Pacific Ocean
And as for me, I found my old destroyer USS O'Bannon DD450 (WW II [commissioned 1942: Fletcher Class], Korea, Vietnam vet). She was scrapped in 1970. The most decorated destroyer in the Navy (see ribbon board on bridge) and escorted the USS Missouri for the peace signing of WW II in the Tokyo Wan... but never had a combat casualty aboard.