Inside Invitation

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Inside page of the invitation to the decommissioning party.

 

Since the text is hard to read I have transcribed it below.

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Commissioned 1937  AMERICAN DEFENSE  ASIATIC PACIFIC  AMERICAN THEATRE

  PHILLIPINE LIBERATION  Decommissioned November 1945

Left Panel

A DINNER DANCE

TO HONOR

A GALLANT SHIP

Center Panel

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.

Right Panel

Commanding Officer

COMMANDER A. H. ANGELO, JR.

Executive Officer

R. T. BOEBUCK

COMMITTEE

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

 

 

 

 


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