page of the invitation to the decommissioning party.
Since the text is hard to read I have transcribed it below.
Commissioned 1937 AMERICAN DEFENSE ASIATIC
PACIFIC AMERICAN THEATRE
PHILLIPINE LIBERATION Decommissioned
A DINNER DANCE
A GALLANT SHIP
OUR HISTORY IN BRIEF
The history of the U.S.S.
Patterson parallels the history of the Pacific war. She participated in most of
the naval operations from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa; including strikes off the Japanese home
islands, inflicting heavy damage on the enemy.
The U.S.S. Patterson
received her baptism to fire in the Pearl Harbor raid where she was responsible for one
enemy plane. Her next stop was the Solomons, where she helped derail the Tokyo
Express, rescued many survivors of the H.M.A.S. Canberra, and received her first damage
due to enemy action. Ending her first war cruise with the loss of her bow, she
returned to the states.
Her second war cruise covers
the Battle of the Marianas, Western Carolines, Liberation of the Philippines, Iwo Jima and
Okinawa. During the suicide attacks on the fleet, the U.S.S. Patterson rescued
scores of survivors from the Belleau Wood, Ommaney Bay, and the Bismark Sea while acting
as a screening unit for light and heavy carriers.
One of our most exciting
experiences was covering the invasion of Mindoro, operating in the Sulu Sea with the first
combined naval force where carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers steamed in the
same battle formation. Through the combined effort of our airforce and surface
units, over 2,000 enemy planes were turned back in 4 days of ferocious fighting.
During that time we experienced as many as 12 battle alerts in one day.
Throughout the war, the U.S.S.
Patterson logged over 350,000 miles of battle cruising, 13 enemy planes downed, one
enemy submarine known sunk, and innumerable shore bombardments, a record any ship could be
proud of. The U.S.S. Patterson fighting ship, manned by fighting men of the
fightingest navy in the world.
COMMANDER A. H. ANGELO, JR.
R. T. BOEBUCK
LT. (jg) R. E. LORISH
ENS. J. W. FITZSIMMONS
C. B. ALLISON, GM1c
T. A. HEALEY, TM2c
C. M. RAGEN, COX.
R. J. ROCHE, S1c
G. E. BURNETT, QM1c
N. J. O'DONNELL, RM2c
B. DELEON, SC3c
F. J. SANALITRO, MM2c
G. M. CAMPBELL, EM3c
W. F. SAUVE, QM3c