The USS Hollister (DD-788) was commissioned by the U.S. Navy for nearly three and a half decades in the mid-20th century. She was named for brothers Lyle, Richard and William Hollister who served in World War II. Hollister was laid down as a member of the Gearing class of destroyers.
Hollister was laid down at Seattle, Washington by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation in January 1945, launched in October 1945, and commissioned in March 1946 with Commander W. T. Samuels in command. Supporting a crew complement of 336, Hollister featured an armament of ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, and twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns.
Hollister left San Diego in November 1946 for the Far East, where she participated in anti-smuggling operations off Korea, and then returned to the west coast for training and fleet exercises. The destroyer served with the 7th Fleet for peacekeeping operations in 1948, remained in California from April 1949 until July 1950, and then was one of the first reinforcements to arrive at the war zone at Korea. During this deployment, Hollister was assigned as a protective screen and also conducted plane guard duties.
Hollister served on the Formosa Straits patrol in November 1950 and then supported the Hungnam evacuation in mid-December. The destroyer operated in the region until returning to San Diego in April 1951. Hollister was deployed once again in February 1954 to the South China Sea for patrol operations and to evacuate Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands. In March 1955, Hollister returned to the west coast.
Hollister was deployed to the western Pacific several more times until entering the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for FRAM overhaul in March 1961, and remained there for the rest of the year. Following fleet exercises in California and Hawaii, Hollister was then assigned to duty in the Far East again during the Vietnam War. Hollister was awarded with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for patrol duty there, and also escorted aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard to Yankee Station in September 1965. The destroyer then served another tour of Vietnam in 1966. Hollister was decommissioned in August 1979 and commissioned in Taiwan as Shao Yang in March 1983.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Hollister (DD-788)
Aboard Hollister, asbestos was present in almost every area, both as a component in ship’s equipment and also as an insulator. It was wrapped around steam pipes and mixed into cements and paints. Parts of the ship that generated a great deal of heat, such as the boilers and engines, were extensively insulated with asbestos. The mineral was also present in crew dining areas and food preparation areas, crew quarters, fuel storage compartments, ammo lockers, and anywhere there was industrial equipment.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-788.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd788txt.htm) Retrieved 16 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History. Hollister (DD-788).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/788.htm) Retrieved 16 February 2011.