Peter S. Smith, Commander, USN
Cdr. Peter S. Smith, USN, was born in Kansas in 1919.
Following graduation from high school he attended Kansas City Junior College until 1938 at which time he entered the U. S. Naval Academy.
Following commissioning as an Ensign in December 1941, Commander Smith was assigned to the USS Winslow for the first of many tours in destroyers
He next served as an instructor at the Naval Academy until 1948 at which time he shifted from "cans" to cruisers, serving in the Providence and the Salem. The Korean conflict found the skipper on the small boys again, this time as Commanding Officer of the McCoy Reynolds, where he served for one year.
Then, following a tour at the Naval War College, and a tour on the Pacific Fleet Training Command Staff, in June 1956, the boss was again home in the destroyers as the commanding officer of the DUNCAN.
Captain Smith is truely a "destroyer-man's skipper."
Brand W. Drew, LCDR, USN
Lieutenant Commander Brand W. Drew, the Executive Officer, has served more than twenty years in the Navy --from apprentice seaman to his present rank.
Mr. Drew was born in North Dakota on August 20, 1918 and entered the Navy in December of 1936 at Cincinnati, Ohio. The outbreak of World War II found Commander Drew at Pearl Harbor as the personal yeoman for Admiral Kimmel.
After a tour in the White House and another in North Africa, Mr. Drew returned to the Pacific Campaign in 1943 to serve on aircraft carriers.
He has served on various types of ships including cruisers, carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships and had his own command in 1953-54, and for two and one half years prior to joining DUNCAN, was on the Staff of Commander Naval Forces, Far East and the Joint Staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Far East as an Intelligence Officer.
Mr. Drew wears a total of 14 medals and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal.