Willliam Henry Watson, Jr., USN

Born  13 Nov 1907?, Florida, USA
Died  3 Jul 1974(66)

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3 Jun 1937 Lt.
1 Jan 1942 T/Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Lt.Cdr.
30 Mar 1945 T/Capt.


Warship Commands listed for Willliam Henry Watson, USN

USS Haraden (ii) (DD 585)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerNov 19446 Jul 1945

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Destroyer USS Haraden (ii) (DD 585)

13 Dec 1944
USS Haraden entered the Sulu Sea on 13 December 1944 while escorting escort carriers, and were attacked that day by four Japanese aircraft. Haraden assisted in downing three of the raiders, but the fourth dived for the destroyer. Trailing smoke from hits by Haraden's gunners, she crashed into the destroyer's side, putting her forward engine room out of commission and severely damaging her topside. As Haraden lay dead in the water, USS Twiggs (DD 591) came alongside to help and the destroyer was soon underway on her own power. She arrived at San Pedro Bay 14 December 1944 and transferred her casualties 14 killed and 24 wounded. Steaming on toward the United States via Hawaii, she arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington on 14 January 1945 for battle repairs.

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