Captain Robert Schelling was the commanding officer of the Swenson during the Inchon invasion.
This is when the Swenson and five other destroyers became known as the "Sitting
Ducks." Because of the rate of fire displayed by the Swenson under Captain Schelling's command he became known as "Rapid Robert".
Captain Lyman Knute Swenson's real family name was spelled "Swensen", with an
"e". When he entered the Academy and his name was placed on the official roster,
a yeoman misspelled his name as "Swenson", with an "o". Needless to say, in true
military fashion, this was unchangeable. Henceforth Lyman K. Swensen was to be
identified as Lyman K. Swenson.
The USS Lyman K. Swenson was decommissioned on February 12, 1971. Twenty seven years
to the day after she was launched.
The Sullivan brothers served, and died, aboard the USS Juneau while under the
command of Captain Lyman K. Swenson. The USS The Sullivans DD537, a Fletcher Class destroyer, is on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.
The 33rd Annual Reunion will be held in Buffalo, NY, Monday, September 19 through Thursday, September 22, 2022.
The Lyman K. Swenson is now on Facebook!
A few years after being decommissioned the Swenson was sold to Taiwan. She was stripped for parts
and eventually the hull was used for target practice and sunk at sea.