USS Callaghan (DD 792)
Destroyer of the Fletcher class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||14 Jun 1942|
|Laid down||21 Feb 1943|
|Launched||1 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||27 Nov 1943|
|Lost||28 Jul 1945|
|Loss position||25.43N, 126.55E|
Sunk by Japanese aircraft about 50 nautical miles south-west of Okinawa in position 25º43'N, 126º55'E, 49 were killed and 75 wounded there are 273 survivors which include the Commanding officer Commander Charles Marriner Bertholf who were rescued by the USS Cassin Young/Prichett/LCS.
Commands listed for USS Callaghan (DD 792)
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|1||Cdr. Francis Joseph Johnson, USN||27 Nov 1943||Oct 1944|
|2||Charles Marriner Bertholf, USN||Oct 1944||28 Jul 1945|
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28 Jul 1945
USS Callaghan was part of the destroyer-screen around Okinawa in the famous battle. Like many other destroyers, she was sunk by Japanese kamikaze-attack. Her AA guns brought down the attacking aircraft, an old biplane, but unfortunately the plane still hit the deck, and exploded. The ship sunk, and 47 of her crew perished.