Bassett, Leonard, CAPT

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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1967, 111X, Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Hawaii
Service Years
1940 - 1970

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Home Town
Pine Bluff
Last Address
Coronado, California

Date of Passing
Feb 06, 2006
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 Official Badges 

Gun Captain (pre-1969) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

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Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
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(September 15–26, 1950) in the Korean War, an amphibious landing by U.S. and South Korean forces at the port of Inchon, near the South Korean capital, Seoul. A daring operation planned and executed under extremely difficult conditions by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the landing suddenly reversed the tide of the war, forcing the invading North Korean army to retreat in disorder up the Korean peninsula.  
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Feb 7, 2013
Personal Memories

Gunnery Officer of USS Rochester (CA-124) 1949-1951

Vice Admiral Struble's flagship, Rochester's guns provided support for the troops that landed at Inchon on 13 September in the operation that prompted General MacArthur?s proud signal that "the Navy and Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning."

Just before daylight at 0550 on September 17, a North Korean Yak-9 and an II-2 made an attack run on the cruiser Rochester, anchored off Wolmi-do. Initially the aircraft were thought to be friendly until they dropped four bombs over the American ship. All but one missed and the one that did hit smashed the Rochester's crane and failed to detonate. There were no American casualties in the skirmish and they painted a Purple Heart on the crane as a reminder of how close the ship came to being heavily damaged. After the bombing of the Rochester, she and the nearby cruiser HMS Jamaica opened fire with naval guns. The North Korean II-2 then strafed the British cruiser, resulting in one sailor killed and two wounded. At about the same time, shots from the Jamaica hit the II-2 and it crashed into the water. It became the first and only shootdown of an attacking plane with naval gunfire. The Yak-9 fled after losing its partner.

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  83 Also There at This Battle:
  • Amos, Bobby, PO1, (1949-1969)
  • Bash, Charles, SN
  • Berryman, Bennie, FA
  • Crecelius, Don, PO3, (1948-1952)
  • Davis, Ada
  • Davis, Marion, PO3, (1949-1953)
  • Freeman, Bobby, FA
  • Goddard, Floyd, CPO, (1948-1967)
  • Holloway, James, MCPO, (1949-1971)
  • Hoover, Dale, FN
  • Horvath, Michael, PO2, (1950-1954)
  • Jackson, Andrew, PO1, (1948-1968)
  • Luhrs, George, MCPO, (1944-1977)
  • Martin, Joseph, PO3, (1948-1952)
  • Mason, James, SN, (1950-1953)
  • Meren, Louis, PO2, (1948-1952)
  • Reynolds, Gerald, PO1, (1948-1952)
  • VIDA, MARVIN, PO2, (1948-1952)
  • Westfall, Stanley, CPO, (1947-1966)
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