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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.
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USS BENNETT DD473
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending theUNITED 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
Crew Navy Day 1945
BENNETT Photo Album
Photos - Then & Now
Jeff Oiness Website for BENNETT
-----Lots of photos of WW-II crew
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