Allied Warships

USS Cassin Young (DD 793)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 793 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1942 
Laid down18 Mar 1943 
Launched12 Sep 1943 
Commissioned31 Dec 1943 
End service29 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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1T/Cdr. Earl Tobias Schreiber, USN31 Dec 194331 Oct 1944
2T/Cdr. John Williams Ailes, 3rd, USN31 Oct 194429 Aug 1945
3Carl Ferdinand Pfeifer, USN29 Aug 194528 May 1946

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