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At Richard W. Suesens intercepted ship plane traffic on VHF reporting an enemy battleship and cruiser force closing on Taffy 3 as its carriers made every effort to get torpedo planes airborne along with fighters to drive off the enemy ships.
During the early morning hours of 25 October, the Battle of Surigao Strait was fought and daybreak searches were ordered flown to hunt down the retiring Japanese ships. There she supported occupation forces in ******* Wakayama - Wakanoura area through October. By the latter were only 12 miles 19 km from Taffy 2 and their shells splashed among the destroyers, but the battle was turning. Richard W. The destroyer escort was launched on 11 Januarysponsored by Mrs.
Suesens, widow of the ship's namesake; and commissioned on 26 Aprilwith Lieutenant Commander Milford 562 in escort.
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Arriving at Manus 3 November, Richard W. Suesens spent the next 3 weeks undergoing upkeep and maintenance, then reported for duty in TF 79, the escort staging for the invasion of Luzon. Then she continued on, reported for duty at New York Citythence, on 4 July, proceeded south.
Suesens then retired 562 Leyte, whence she sailed on 27 January to screen landing craft to Nasugbu. Employed as a picket ship in the antisubmarine and antiaircraft ring around the Kerama Retto- Okinawa area, she survived the nightly air raids and numerous kamikaze attacks, splashing four planes and assisting in 562 destruction of two more before retiring to Ulithi on 26 April.
During ******* assault, and after, Richard W. Suesens patrolled off the transport area. In early May ******* underwent availability at Ulithi, then served as radar escort ship north of that base. Ased to TU Suesens sailed for the Philippines 14 October.
On 22 October TU Suesens with six escort carriersthree destroyersand four other destroyer escorts formed TU Called "Taffy 1", "Taffy 2", and "Taffy 3" from the radio call used by each unit commander, 562 units proceeded to their ******* areas: Taffy 1 off northern MindanaoTaffy 2 off the entrance to Leyte Gulf, Taffy 3 off Samar.
Then, on 22 September, she sailed for Japan. On 1 November, she was en escort home.
Manuel Naifeh Doyle C. Barnes Kenneth M. Willett Jaccard Lloyd E. Acree George E. Cockrell French Cecil J. Doyle Thaddeus Parker John L. Williamson Presley Williams Richard S. Bull Richard M. Wann Samuel B. Taylor Melvin R. Keller Leland E. Thomas Chester T. O'Brien Douglas A.
Moore Kendall C. Campbell Goss Grady Charles E. Brannon Albert T. Harris Cross Hanna Joseph E. Allen Tweedy Howard F. William C. Ellison Myles C. Fox Charles R. Ware Carpellotti Eugene A. Greene Gyatt Benner Kenneth D. A unit ******* CortDiv 69, she escort as escort for ships en route to Mayportthen steamed on through 562 Panama Canalescort to the Pacific Fleet 23 July.
Through the morning Richard W. Suesensscreening Taffy 2, listened as torpedo planes and fighters conducted aerial attacks and Taffy ******* destroyers and escorts challenged the enemy's larger ships on the surface. Completing shakedown off Bermuda and post-shakedown availability at BostonRichard W.
Suesens sailed for Long Island Sound on 29 June The coastal minesweeper sank and the destroyer escort transported survivors 562 Newport, Rhode Island.
The Japanese now so close to their objective-entrance into Leyte Gulf-were no longer on the offensive. She then returned to Leyte, ed TG On 7 August she returned to Okinawa where she was employed in escort work for the remainder of the war. The subsequent explosion injured 11 of the destroyer escort's crew and caused minor damage to the hull.
On 21 November Richard W. Suesens arrived at San Diego for inactivation. On 27 May she returned to Okinawa where, until 28 June, she alternated escort duty with picket ship responsibilities.
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On 16 October, TG Through the landings on 20 October and the covering operations which followed, the DE, alternating ******* guard and screening duties continued to operate with the "jeep" carriers. There, on 22 September, she ed TF 33 and 8 562 later sailed for Manus and escort with the 7th Fleet. On the night of 27 — 28 October, Richard W. Suesens d screening and plane guard duties and at the end of the month she headed south. All available planes from Taffy 2 were dispatched to those of Taffy 3.
On 31 December the force sortied from Seeadler Harbor and headed for the Philippines. The escorts remained with the carriers as they continued to rearm returning planes and send them northward into the now visible gunsmoke clouds over Taffy 3. Arriving on 19 August, she trained there until mid-September, then headed west with convoy PDT, bound for Eniwetok.
On 12 January as she rescued survivors from USS Gilliganshe was closed by a kamikaze in a steep, full-power dive. The Battle off Samar had begun. TG Rescue operations and logistic resupply followed on 26 October. By the enemy force had closed to within 20 miles 32 km of Taffy 2.
Retiring to Mindoro on 2 February, she screened resupply runs to Nasugbu and brought out casualties through 23 February, witnessing on 16 February the paratroop landing on Corregidor. USS Richard W. Suesens DE was a John C.
Butler -class destroyer escort in service with the United States Navy from to She was ******* sold for escort in He enlisted 562 the Naval Reserve on 31 May Promoted to lieutenant junior grade on 1 Novemberhe was killed in action during the Battle of MidwayJune He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. At dawn the planes were launched on their missions. The destroyers formed a line between the carriers' circular disposition and the approaching enemy.
Arriving off Kerama Retto on 26 March she screened the transport area there during the initial assault, then remained on patrol off that anchorage into mid-April when she shifted to the Hagushi Beach anchorage. Anti-aircraft fire apparently killed the pilot, but the plane kept its momentum and, after skimming the after 40 mm gun, crashed into the sea.
Although she was later moved to Stockton, Californiashe remained a unit of the Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List on 15 March Suesens earned five escort stars during World War II. Butler -class destroyer escort Displacement: 1, tons Length: ft 93 m Beam: 36 ft 8 in John C.
562 -class destroyer escorts. Planes from Taffy 1 were deated to fly the searches while other units continued air support and patrol operations. *******
From the mid-August cessation of hostilities until late September, she continued escort runs, including one to JinsenKorea. There, on 31 January, she covered the assault forces as they began their fight to Manila.
On 8 Januarythe Japanese attacked.