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USS BENNETT DD473
HOMEPAGE



USS BENNETT DD473
Thanks to Randy Lawson Bennett photo.



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This web site is dedicated to the World War II Crewmembers and families of the USS BENNETT DD473.
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.
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USS BENNETT DD473
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the

UNITED STATES SHIP BENNETT
for service as follows

For outstanding heroism in action as a Fighter Direction Ship on Radar Picket Station Number 4, sixty miles northeast of Okinawa Transport Area, April 6-7, 1945. Fighting valiantly against more than fifty enemy aircraft making repeated savage attacks, the U.S.S. BENNETT sent up barrages of antiaircraft fire during a prolonged and furious air-sea battle commencing on the early morning of April 6. When two of our destroyers on near-by radar picket stations were severely damaged and left in a sinking condition on the evening of April 6, the BENNETT closed them to assist in combing the area for survivors. While continuing her rescue work, she beat off repeated attacks throughout the night and, with her own gunfire and that of the fighter aircraft which she was directing, destroyed a total of seventeen enemy aircraft, successfully avoiding damage to herself until the following morning. With her supply of ammunition seriously reduced, she was crashed by a fiercely burning Kamikaze whose bomb exploded with devastating effect and, although badly holed below the waterline and in the engineering spaces, succeeded in returning to port under her own power. A seaworthy, fighting ship, the BENNETT, her officers and men rendered invaluable service during hazardous mission and upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Services."

All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. BENNETT on April 6-7, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

Source: Larry Finn, USS Bennett


BENNETT Contributors Page
BENNETT Crew Navy Day 1945
BENNETT Email Addresses
BENNETT History Page
BENNETT Photo Album
BENNETT Photos - Then & Now
Jeff Oiness Website for BENNETT
-----Lots of photos of WW-II crew
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