U.S.S. Vestal (1908)

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U.S.S. Vestal (1908)
Hull Number: AR-4[1]
Builder: New York NYd[2]
Ordered: 1904[3]
Laid down: 25 Mar, 1907[4]
Launched: 9 May, 1908[5]
Commissioned: 4 Oct, 1909[6]
Decommissioned: 14 Aug, 1946
Stricken: 25 Sep, 1946
Sold: 28 Jul, 1950
Fate: Broken up
U.S.S. Vestal was one of two Vestal Class repair ships completed for the U.S. Navy.

Service

Vestal was berthed outboard of the battleship Arizona on December 7, 1941, and survived the fatal magazine explosion which destroyed the battleship. Her commanding officer, Commander Cassin Young, was thrown overboard by the force of the explosion, but was able to swim back to the Vestal and resume command, ordering her clear of the inferno on her port side. Commander Young earned the Medal of Honor for his courage and dedication to duty that day.

Captains

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  2. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  3. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  4. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  5. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  6. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 132.
  7. Register of Officers, 1915. p. 14.
  8. Register of Officers, 1916. p. 16.
  9. Register of Officers, 1917. p. 16.
  10. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 22-23.
  11. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 22-23.
  12. Register of Officers, 1920. pp. 16-17.
  13. Register of Officers, 1920. pp. 16-17.
  14. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 16-17.
  15. Register of Officers, 1930. pp. 16, 17.

Bibliography


Vestal Class Repair Ship
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