Swenson, David H., Jr., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
116X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare (In Training)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1948-1950, 116X, USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)
Service Years
1948 - 1950
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1926
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Taylor
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)
  1948-1950, 116X, USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
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Last Known Activity
USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)

On 12 September 1950, the Lyman K. Swenson sailed as a ship of Task Element 90.62, the Destroyer Element of the Gunfire Support Group of the Inchon Attack Force. The following day at noon the six-ship Destroyer Element stood into Inchon harbor. On the way in, they encountered a mine field. Because it was low tide, the mines were visible, floating on the surface. Lyman K. Swenson destroyed one mine with 40-mm gunfire.

After anchoring in assigned positions, the destroyers conducted a one-hour bombardment against observed and suspected gun positions on the island of Wolmi-do and in the city of Inchon. This reconnaissance-in-force was intended to draw the fire of North Korean batteries. Thus their location would be revealed for neutralization by destroyer or cruiser gunfire, or by air strikes. The bombardment was highly successful. The press, and later on the historians, aptly dubbed the ships of the Destroyer Element as "Sitting Ducks." Upon retirement from the harbor, some enemy guns that had not been silenced opened up on the narrow channel through which the destroyers had to pass. Shell fragments killed LTJG David H. Swenson and wounded another officer on board Swenson during channel transit. The next day, LTJG Swenson was buried at sea. 

   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1950
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade David H. Swenson, Jr. (NSN: 0-498457), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving in U.S.S. LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729), in the Korean area on 13 September 1950. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Swenson, while assigned the duties of Gunnery Liaison Officer, was charged with ascertaining from available information on hand the correct and specific targets on which his ship should fire during its bombardment of Inchon, Korea, on 13 September 1950, and to keep the ship's gunner control officer informed accordingly. While carrying out his assigned duties of observing the effect of his ship's gunfire on the enemy shore batteries and applying that information to the ship's gunfire charts in order that the guns could receive accurate revised target data, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Swenson was struck by enemy counter-battery fire and instantly killed. By his courageous action and devotion to duty in refusing to leave his unprotected post in the face of heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Swenson was responsible for obtaining and furnishing such valuable information to the gunnery control officer that he definitely assisted his ship to escape damage from enemy gunfire, thereby providing a material contribution to the war effort of the Korean Campaign. His conduct served as an inspiration to the members of the ship's company and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 1090 (November 20, 1950)
Action Date: September 13, 1950
Service: Navy 
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ship: U.S.S. Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729)
   
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