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USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875)
USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) in 1946.jpeg
USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) in 1946
Career (United States)
Name: USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875)
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corp.
Laid down: 29 May 1944
Launched: 8 November 1944
Commissioned: 12 March 1945
Decommissioned: 3 December 1973
Struck: 3 December 1973
Honours and
seven battle stars for Korean War service
Fate: transferred to Brazil, 3 December 1973
Career (Brazil)
Name: D-25 Marcilio Dias
Acquired: 3 December 1973
Fate: sunk as target, 19 September 1994
General characteristics
Class & type: Gearing-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,425 tons
Length: 390.5 ft (119.0 m)
Beam: 41.07 ft (12.52 m)
Draft: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Propulsion: High-pressure super-heated boilers, geared turbines with twin screws, 60,000 hp
Speed: 34.5 knots (39.7 mph; 63.9 km/h)
Complement: 367
Armament: six 5"/38, eight 40 mm, five 21" torpedo tubes

The second USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She was named for Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Henry W. Tucker (1919–1942) who was killed in action during the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942 and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


Henry W. Tucker was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas on 29 May 1944, launched on 8 November 1944 by Mrs. Henry Walton Tucker, the mother of the late Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Henry W. Tucker, and commissioned on 12 March 1945.


Henry W. Tucker operated with the United States Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, and participated in the Blockade of Wonsan and other North Korean ports. After she alernately served on the United States West Coast and in Hawaiian waters with deployments to the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. She underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts, between 13 December 1962 and 4 December 1963. During the Vietnam War Henry W. Tucker served as plane guard for aircraft carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Operation Sea Dragon and Operation Market Time, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions. Henry W. Tucker was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 3 December 1973, transferred to Brazil, renamed Marcilio Dias, and placed in service with the Brazilian Navy.

After her service with the Brazilian Navy, Marcilio Dias(D-25) was decommissioned and sunk as a target ship during a torpedo exercise on 19 September 1994.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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Carried Nuclear missiles during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and throughout the Vietnam War.