Keyes, Thomas, CMC

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Chief Petty Officer
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Construction Mechanic
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1945-1955, Det New Orleans, LA
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1936 - 1955
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USS Moffett (DD-362) was a Porter-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for William Moffett.

Moffett was laid down 2 January 1934 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts; launched 11 December 1935; sponsored by Miss Beverly Moffett, daughter of Rear Admiral Moffett; and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts 28 August 1936, Commander Andrew H. Addoms in command.

Moffett left Newport, Rhode Island, her base for Atlantic Fleet operations between 1936 and 1941, on 24 April 1941, joining the South Atlantic Neutrality Patrol off Brazil.

Smith was laid down on 27 October 1934 by Mare Island Navy Yard, Mare Island, California; launched on 20 February 1936; sponsored by Mrs. Yancey S. Williams; and commissioned on 19 September 1936, Commander H. L. Grosskopf in command. When active, she patrolled the West Coast waters for the next five years.


Missing captain      

Main article: Thomas C. Latimore

Months before the Pearl Harbor attack the USS Dobbin was part of the strange episode of the disappearing Commander Thomas C. Latimore. In July 1941 the captain of the ship Commander Latimore disappeared while hiking the local Aiea Hills. His body was never found and was the subject of much local news coverage and rumor before being overshadowed by the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Dobbin was present during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. At the time of the attack the ship was moored northeast of Ford Island with five destroyers, the Phelps, MacDonough, Worden, Dewey and Hull.[2]

The crew of the USS Dobbin watched helpless as Japanese planes targeted the Battleship row but as the battleships each took heavy damage the Japanese pilots looked for other targets. The planes seeing that the ship had admiral flags[2] tried to bomb the Dobbin but the ship only took shrapnel damage.

Dobbin's small craft spent the morning picking up survivors taking the wounded to shore. The ship picked up hundreds of sailors from other ships and when it left the harbor in search of the Japanese fleet had 200 men from the Raleigh alone aboard.[2]


World War II service

[edit] Atlantic operations                   

After shakedown, Massachusetts departed Casco Bay in Portland, Maine 24 October 1942 and four days later made rendezvous with the Western Naval Task Force for the invasion of North Africa, serving as the Flagship for Admiral H. Kent Hewitt. While steaming off Casablanca on 8 November supporting Operation Torch, she came under fire from the newest French battleship Jean Bart's 15-inch (381 mm) guns. She returned fire at 0740, firing the first 16 inch shells fired by the U.S. in the European theater of war. Within a few minutes, the main battery of the Jean Bart was silenced. With the help of the heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa, the Massachusetts next targeted French destroyers which had joined the attack, sinking the Fougueux and Boulonnais as well as the light cruiser Primauguet. The battleship herself was hit twice by 240 mm shells from a shore battery, but sustained only superficial damage. She also shelled shore batteries, and then shelled an ammunition dump. After a cease-fire had been arranged with the French, she headed for the United States on 12 November, and prepared for deployment to the Pacific.

[edit] Pacific Theater of Operations                     

Massachusetts arrived at Noumea, New Caledonia, on 4 March 1943. For the next months she operated in the South Pacific, protecting convoy lanes and supporting operations in the Solomon Islands. Between 19 November and 21 November, she sailed with an aircraft carrier group striking Makin, Tarawa, and Abemama in the Gilbert Islands; on 8 December she shelled Japanese positions on Nauru; and on 29 January 1944 she guarded carriers striking Tarawa in the Gilberts.


Massachusetts received eleven battle stars for World War II service.

During World War II, no United States Navy sailors or Marines were killed in action while aboard the Massachusetts.


Hornet was commissioned in November 1943, and after three months of training joined the U.S. forces in the Pacific War. She played a major part in the Pacific battles of World War II, and also took part in Operation Magic Carpet, returning troops back to the U.S. Following World War II, she served in the Vietnam War, and also played a part in the Apollo program, recovering astronauts as they returned from the Moon.

She was launched 30 August 1943 and commissioned 29 November 1943. Her first commander was Captain (later Rear Admiral) Miles R. Browning.

[edit] World War II: 1944 to 1947

The Hornet conducted shakedown training off Bermuda before departing Norfolk 14 February 1944 to join the Fast Carrier Task Force 20 March at Majuro Atoll in the Marshalls. After lending air support to protect the invasion beaches in New Guinea, she conducted massive aerial raids against Japanese bases in the Caroline Islands and prepared to support the amphibious assault for the occupation of the Marianas Islands.

On 11 June 1944, Hornet launched raids on Tinian and Saipan. The following day she conducted heavy bombing attacks on Guam and Rota. During 15 June to 16 June, she blasted enemy air fields at Iwo and Chichi Jima to prevent air attacks on troops invading Saipan in the Marianas. The afternoon of 18 June 1944 Hornet formed with the Fast Carrier Task Force to intercept the Japanese First Mobile Fleet, headed through the Philippine Sea for Saipan. The Battle of the Philippine Sea opened 19 June 1944 when Hornet launched strikes to destroy as many land-based Japanese planes as possible before the carrier-based Japanese aircraft came in.

The enemy approached the American carriers in four massive waves, full of young but inexperienced pilots. Fighter aircraft from Hornet and other U.S. carriers, whose veteran pilots were honed to perfection, broke up and savaged all the attacks before the Japanese aerial raiders reached the task force. Nearly every Japanese aircraft was shot down in the great air battles of 19 June 1944 that became commonly known as "The Marianas Turkey Shoot". As the Japanese Mobile Fleet fled in defeat on 20 June, the carriers launched long-range airstrikes that sank Japanese carrier Hiyô and so damaged two tankers that they were abandoned and scuttled. Admiral Ozawa's own flag log for 20 June 1944 showed his surviving carrier air power as only 35 operational aircraft out of the 430 planes with which he had commenced the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Hornet, basing from Eniwetok in the Marshalls, raided enemy installations ranging from Guam to the Bonins, then turned her attention to the Palaus, throughout the Philippine Sea, and to enemy bases on Okinawa and Formosa. Her aircraft gave direct support to the troops invading Leyte 20 October 1944. During the Battle for Leyte Gulf she launched raids for damaging hits to the Japanese center force in the Battle off Samar, and hastened the retreat of the enemy fleet through the Sibuyan Sea towards Borneo.

In the following months Hornet attacked enemy shipping and airfields throughout the Philippines. This included participation in a raid that destroyed an entire Japanese convoy in Ormoc Bay. On 30 December 1944 she departed Ulithi in the Carolines for raids against Formosa, Indo-China, and the Pescadores Islands. En route back to Ulithi, Hornet planes made photo reconnaissance of Okinawa 22 January 1945 to aid the planned invasion of that "last stepping-stone to Japan".

USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126) was an Admiral W. S. Benson class transport: Laid down, 24 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 684), at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, California; Launched, 25 February 1945; Commissioned USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126), 7 July 1945, Capt. Lewis E. Coley in command.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations

Assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the transport departed San Francisco, California, on 21 July 1945 for a shakedown cruise which took her to San Diego and Los Angeles. She returned to her home port on 16 August – two days after hostilities with Japan ended—and embarked fresh troops to replace war-weary veterans in the Far East. She transited the Golden Gate on 21 August and proceeded via Ulithi to the Philippines. Following stops at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, and Batangas and Manila, Luzon, she headed home and reached San Francisco, California, early in October.


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  1936-1937, Army National Guard (ANG)
  1937-1937, USS Moffett (DD-362)
  1937-1940, USS Smith (DD-378)
  1940-1941, USS Dobbin (AD-3)
  1942-1943, USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
  1943-1944, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1945-1945, USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126)
  1945-1955, Det New Orleans, LA
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  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Reckless
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
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