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This web site is dedicated to the World War II Crewmembers and families of the USS GUEST DD472.
Built by Robert E. (Bob) Ross, RMCS, US Navy (RET) who served on the
USS HUDSON DD475.

Thanks to everyone who contributed information and photos.



REUNION INFORMATION
USS GUEST DD472

No Reunion information has been received for this year.
For Reunion information contact:
Anton (Tony) Krecek
1709 Edgewater Drive
Edgewater, FL 32132
Phone: 386-428-9332
Email:- Tony Krecek - (duffy@ucnsb.net)


HISTORY
USS GUEST DD472
STATISTICS:
Fletcher Class Ships
  • STANDARD DISPLACEMENT: 2.050 tons
  • ARMAMENT: Five 5-in .38 caliber dual purpose guns,
    Five 40mm Twins
    And a number of 20mm AA guns.
    Ten 21-in. torpedo tubes
  • LENGTH OVERALL: 375 ft. 0 in.
  • BEAM: 39 ft. 4in.
  • SPEED: 35 knots
  • COMPLEMENT: 300 men plus

COMISSIONED: December 15, 1942
First Commanding Officer: Cdr. Henry Crommelin.
HISTORY OF THE USS GUEST DD 472
1942-1945

AREAS OF OPERATIONS:
NORTH SOLOMONS
BOUGAINVILLE
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO
MARIANAS
CAROLINES
IWO JIMA
OKINAWA
NAVY DAY OCTOBER 27, 1945


THE USS GUEST WAS BUILT BY THE BOSTON NAVY YARD AND WAS COMMISSIONED ON 15 DECEMBER 1942. A 2,100 TON FLUSH-DECK DESTROYER, SHE CARRIES FIVE 5-INCH GUNS, TEN 21 INCH TORPEDOES AND SEVENTEEN 40-MM AND 20-MM CANNON. WITH 60, HORSEPOWER, HER MAIN ENGINES ENABLE HER TO MAKE A SPEED OF MORE THAN 35 KNOTS.

SHE SAILED ON HER FIRST SHAKEDOWN CRUISE ON 15 FEBRUARY 1943 AND SPENT FIVE MONTHS ON TRAINING CRUISES BETWEEN THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA AND SOUTH AMERICA, WITH ONE TRIP BEING MADE TO CASABLANCA, FRENCH MOROCCO.

IN JULY, 1943, SHE REPORTED TO THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET FOR DUTY AND IN AUGUST ARRIVED IN PEARL HARBOR. AFTER A FEW DAYS IN TRAINING IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SHE GOT UNDERWAY FOR THE NEW HEBRIDES ISLANDS, WHERE SHE OPERATED AS ESCORT VESSEL FOR CARRIERS, BATTLESHIPS AND CRUISERS IN THAT AREA.

ON 1 NOVEMBER 1943 THE GUEST TOOK PART IN THE INVASION OF BOUGAINVILLE, IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS, AND THERE UNDERWENT HER FIRST DIVE-BOMBING ATTACK, SHOOTING DOWN TWO ENEMY PLANES. SHE RETURNED AGAIN TO BOUGAINVILLE ON 7 NOVEMBER WITH A GROUP OF SUPPLY SHIPS AND UNDERWENT A TORPEDO AND DIVE-BOMBING ATTACK, SHOOTING DOWN ONE DIVE BOMBER AND ONE TORPEDO PLANE, WITH THE POSSIBLE DESTRUCTION OF FIVE OTHERS.

FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS THE GUEST WAS OCCUPIED WITH ROUTINE ESCORT DUTIES - RUNNING CONVOYS, HUNTING ENEMY SUBMARINES, BOMBARDING ENEMY INSTALLATIONS IN THE BOUGAINVILLE AREA AND MAKING AN OFFENSIVE SWEEP THROUGH SAINT GEORGE'S CHANNEL AND SOUTH OF TRUK, HUNTING JAPANESE SHIPPING AND SMALL CRAFT IN THE RABAUL-KAVIENG AREA.

THE GUEST, IN COMPANY OF OTHER DESTROYERS, PARTICIPATED IN A COMMANDO RAID ON GREEN ISLAND AND LATER ACCOMPANIED THE INVASION FORCES IN THE CAPTURE OF THAT ISLAND, UNDERGOING ONE AIR ATTACK.

IN JUNE, 1944, THE GUEST JOINED A BOMBARDMENT GROUP OF BATTLESHIPS, CRUISERS AND DESTROYERS AND PROCEEDED TO SIAPAN ISLAND, WHERE THEY CONDUCTED PRE-INVASION BOMBARDMENTS OF THAT ISLAND UNTIL 15 JUNE WHEN LANDING WERE MADE.

THE GROUP THEN PROCEEDED TO GUAM AND COMMENCED A SIMILAR BOMBARDMENT, BUT FIRING WAS CEASED IN 16 JUNE DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF A MAJOR FLEET ENGAGEMENT, THE JAPANESE FLEET HAVING BEEN REPORTED LEAVING THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS. THE FOLLOWING DAY THE GUEST JOINED THE FAST UNITS OF TASK FORCE FIFTY-EIGHT WHICH STARTED A SWEEP TO THE WESTWARD IN SEARCH OF THE JAPANESE SURFACE FORCES.

ON 16 JUNE LARGE FORMATIONS OF ENEMY PLANES WERE DETECTED BUT ONLY TWELVE PENETRATED OUR FIGHTER COVER, OF WHICH TEN WERE SHOT DOWN BY OUR GROUP OF SHIPS.

AFTER HEAVY ATTACKS BY TASK FORCE FIFTY-EIGHT PLANES, THE JAPANESE FLEET TURNED AND RAN FOR THE PHILIPPPINES. HOPE OF ENCOUNTERING HEAVY SURFACE UNITS WAS ABANDONED AND OUR FORCES RETURNED TO THE BOMBARDMENT OF GUAM UNTIL 21 JULY WHEN LANDINGS WERE MADE.

THE REMAINDER OF JULY AND AUGUST WERE SPENT IN ROUTINE ESCORT AND TRAINING OPERATIONS UNTIL, ON 6 SEPTEMBER, THE GUEST JOINED AN ATTACK FORCE EN ROUTE TO THE PALAU ISLANDS. THERE THE BOMBARDMENT OF ENEMY INSTALLATIONS CONTINUED UNTIL 14 SEPTEMBER WHEN A MINE SWEEPER, THE USS PERRY, STRUCK A MINE OFF THE COAST OF ANGUAR. COVERING FIRE WAS DELIVERED INTO THE BEACH AREA AND BOATS WERE LOWERED TO ASSIST IN THE RESCUE OF SURVIVORS. SEVEN OFFICERS AND FORTY-FIVE MEN WERE RESCUED BY THE BOATS OF THIS SHIP. THE PERRY CAPSIZED AND SANK AND SURVIVORS WERE TRANSFERRED, AFTER MEDICAL TREATMENT, TO A LARGER SHIP.

DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE PALAU OPERATION, THE GUEST PROVIDED COVERING FIRE FOR DEMOLITION AND RECONNAISSANCE TEAMS AND FURNISHED FIRE IN SUPPORT OF ADVANCING GROUND FORCES.

THE GUEST THEN RECEIVED ORDERS TO PROCEED TO PEARL HARBOR AND THENCE TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR SIX WEEKS OF NAVY-YARD OVERHAUL.

AFTER TRIAL RUNS AND TRAINING EXERCISES OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA, THE GUEST RETURNED TO PEARL HARBOR FOR FURTHER TRAINING AND FROM THERE JOINED AN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ENROUTE TO IWO JIMA. AT IWO JIMA, BOMBARDMENTS IN SUPPORT OF GROUND FORCES WERE DELIVERED AND ONE AIR RAID DRIVEN OFF.

AFTER IWO JIMA HAD BEEN CAPTURED, THE GUEST DEPARTED FOR LEYTE GULF, IN THE PHILIPPINES. FROM LEYTE, SHE JOINED AN ATTACK FORCE AND DEPARTED FOR OKINAWA, BEING ASSIGNED SCREENING DUTIES WITH A FORCE OF ESCORT CARRIERS. IN THE OKINAWA CAMPAIGN SHE PARTICIPATED IN VARIOUS DUTIES, ANTI-SUBMARINE SCREEN, ANTI-AIRCRAFT SCREEN, FIRE SUPPORT ASSIGNMENTS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT PICKET DUTIES. DURING THIS TIME SHE UNDERWENT ALMOST CONTINUOUS AIR ATTACKS AND WAS NARROWLY MISSED BY A JAPANESE SUICIDE PLANE, THE PLANE PASSING OVERHEAD, SHEARING OFF A WING ON THE MAST AND CARRYING AWAY RADIO ANTENNAS.

AFTER 96 DAYS OF OPERATIONS IN THE OKINAWA AREA SHE DEPARTED FOR A REAR AREA BASE FOR A PERIOD OF REST AND RECREATION, AFTER WHICH SHE WENT NORTH TO JOIN THE ALEUTIAN BASED NORTH PACIFIC FORCE.

AFTER THE JAPANESE SURRENDER, THE NORTH PACIFIC FLEET DEPARTED FOR NORTHERN JAPAN AND TOOK PART IN THE OCCUPATION OF NORTHERN HONSHU AND HOKKAIDO, ADMIRAL FLETCHER ACCEPTING THE JAPANESE SURRENDER FOR THE AREA.


THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS AND MEN RECEIVED AWARDS:

SILVER STAR:
MCLAREN, E.K., LT-CDR. BOUGAINVILLE
KENNEDY, M.G., CDR. PALAU

BRONZE STAR
FRYER, J.W. JR., LT. BOUGAINVILLE

GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF SECOND BRONZE STAR
FRYER, J.W. JR., LT. PALAU

PURPLE HEART
THURSTON, L.S., MM1/C BOUGAINVILLE

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

WATKINS, W.W., LT BOUGAINVILLE, PALAU
ROBERTS, D., CFC BOUGAINVILLE, MARIAMAS, PALAU
MARSH, J,F,, CBM PALAU
GRAVES, P.G., LT PALAU
SHANNON, J.P., LT BOUGAINVILLE
BROWN, C.E. RD3/C IWO JIMA

This information provided by:
Roy Dickson, Mission Viejo, CA 12/14/99


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