USS Cassin Young (DD 793)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||14 Jun 1942|
|Laid down||18 Mar 1943|
|Launched||12 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||31 Dec 1943|
|End service||29 Apr 1960|
Named for a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Cassin Young first saw action in the Pacific in April 1944. The ship rescued some 120 survivors of the stricken carrier USS Princeton in October 1944, and carries a commemorative plaque presented by those grateful sailors. But it was on the picket line off Okinawa that she truly distinguished herself, surviving two separate hits by Japanese kamikazes. Damaged on the 12th ,April sustaining casualties of 1 killed and 60 wounded however the second attack, on July 30, 1945, killed 21 and wounded 40 including the Commanding officer John Williams Ailes, 3rd. Amongst those killed was the Prospective Commanding officer Lt Cmdr Alfred Brunson Wallace and the ship was very seriously damaged, the heroic efforts of her crew saved the ship. Decommissioned in 1946, Cassin Young returned to duty in 1951. For the rest of the 1950s, she served primarily in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. She entered the reserve fleet for a second time in 1960. She was transferred to the National Park Service for use as a museum ship in June 1978. USS Cassin Young is a National Historic Landmark. She is berthed at Boston Navy Yard Boston, Massachusetts.
Commands listed for USS Cassin Young (DD 793)
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|1||Earl Tobias Schreiber, USN||31 Dec 1943||31 Oct 1944|
|2||Cdr. John Williams Ailes, III, USN||31 Oct 1944||29 Aug 1945|
|3||Carl Ferdinand Pfeifer, USN||29 Aug 1945||28 May 1946|
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