USS Massachusetts (BB 59)
Battleship of the South Dakota class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||15 Dec 1938|
|Laid down||20 Jul 1939|
|Launched||23 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||12 May 1942|
|End service||27 Mar 1947|
Massachusetts slugged it out with the incomplete French battleship Jean Bart at Casablanca in one of the few engagements between capital ships during World War II. At the war's end, Massachusetts had earned 14 battle stars for her combat service. In 1965, USS Massachusetts was saved and presented to her namesake state for preservation. Moored at Battleship Cove, the battleship is a museum vessel and memorial displayed with the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the submarine USS Lionfish, PT617, PT796 and the Russian-built missile corvette Hiddensee. A four-month $8 million overhaul of the battleship, which included her first drydocking in 46 years, was completed in March 1999. Massachusetts conducts youth group overnight encampments.
Decommissioned 27 March 1947.
Commands listed for USS Massachusetts (BB 59)
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|1||Capt. Francis Elliott Maynard Whiting, USN||12 May 1942||12 Dec 1942|
|2||Robert Ogden Glover, USN||12 Dec 1942||27 Sep 1943|
|3||Theodore Davis Ruddock, Jr., USN||27 Sep 1943||8 Apr 1944|
|4||Capt. William Walter Warlick, USN||8 Apr 1944||2 May 1945|
|5||Captain John Roland Redman, USN||2 May 1945||22 Jan 1946|
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