- USS Satterlee (DD-626)
"Satterlee" was laid down on
10 September 1941by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Washington; launched on 17 July 1942; sponsored by Miss Rebecca E. Satterlee, niece of Capt. Satterlee; and commissioned on 1 July 1943, Lieutenant CommanderJoseph F. Witherow, Jr., in command.
"Satterlee" escorted the British
aircraft carrier, HMS "Victorious", from the Western Seaboard to the Atlanticcoast, where the new destroyer joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleeton 26 August 1943. After two convoyescort voyages to Casablanca, and training out of Casco Bay, Maine, she escorted the battleships "Texas" (BB-35) and "Arkansas" (BB-33) to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in April 1944.
In the first week of May 1944, "Satterlee" underwent training for a special mission assigned to her for the Normandy landings. She was to support a crack unit of 200 Army rangers in eliminating a German gun battery at
Pointe du Hocwhich commanded the Omaha landing beaches. After escorting minesweepers to the beach area on the night of 5 and 6 June, she commenced pre-arranged fire on Pointe du Hoc at 05:48, 6 June. As the rangers landed, she broke up enemy units attempting to oppose them from the top of the cliff.
Although the rangers found that the battery's guns had been removed before the landings, German resistance was stiff, and "Satterlee" provided gunfire support for the rest of the day. "Satterlee" remained off the
Normandybeaches for the next forty days, and then joined the invasion force which arrived off Saint-Tropez, southern France, on 15 August 1944. Here she helped repel a night attack of five German motor torpedo boats, sinking one from which she rescued 12 survivors.
"Satterlee" returned to the east coast in October 1944 for training at Casco Bay. In January and February 1945, she escorted "Quincy" (CA-71), with President
Franklin D. Rooseveltembarked, on the Norfolk– Bermudaportion of his trip to and from the Yalta Conference. She next sailed for the Pacific, arriving at Pearl Harboron 16 May 1945for duty as a gunnery school ship. She also provided escort for "Saratoga", "Hancock", and "Wasp" during night and day flight operations off Hawaii.
4 July, "Satterlee" left Pearl Harbor and commenced air-sea rescue patrol duty between Saipanand Okinawaand performed this duty for the rest of the war and the initial months of the occupation. On 9 November, she began her trip back to the United States for inactivation.
"Satterlee" was decommissioned on
16 March 1946and placed in reserve at Charleston, S.C.She was struck from the Navy list on 1 December 1970.
"Satterlee" received two
battle stars for her World War IIservice.
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/s6/satterlee-ii.htm history.navy.mil: USS "Satterlee"]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/626.htm navsource.org: USS "Satterlee"]
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