Richard Louis Welch, USNR

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USS Rathburne (DD 113)Destroyer20 Jul 194424 Sep 1945

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Destroyer USS Rathburne (DD 113)

12 Aug 1944
As APD-25, the Rathburne left Hawaii sailing for the Solomons, UTD-10 aboard, with Commander Richard L. Welch in command. (1)

12 Sep 1944
With TG-32.5, the Rathburne arrived in the Palau area for the Peleliu, Angaur per-invasion. On Sept. 14, off Angaur island, de-barked UTD-10 to clear Red beach, and provided fire support. (1)

21 Sep 1944
Arrived off Ulithi, debarked UDT-10 to recon Falalop and Asor beaches (1)

19 Oct 1944
Off Leyte, debarked UDT-10 to recon. Red beach, northern assault area. Provided covering fire. Then on 20, October covered the main landings with fire support off Dulag beaches. (1)

6 Jan 1945
Entered Lingayen Gulf, Luzon screening Larger ships during shore bombardment. Jan. 7th, 1945, debarked UDT-10 to recon. Blue beach, provided covering fire. (1)

29 Jan 1945
Arrived near San Nareiso, Zambales, Philippines. Debarked UDT-10, no opposition. (1)

22 Mar 1945
Departed the Bonin-Volcano area (Iwo Jima) carrying POW's to Guam. (1)

18 Apr 1945
Escorted LST Group 91 to Okinawa, arriving at Kerama Retto on the 18th of April. (1)

27 Apr 1945
On patrol off Hagushi, Okinawa, was hit by a Kamikaze on the port bow just above thhe waterline. The planes engine and bomb traveled through the ship and exited the Starboard bow just below the waterline. Fire and flood control efforts saved the ship, which then made for Kerama Retto for temporary repairs. (1)

18 Jun 1945
USS Rathburne, APD-25 arrived in San Diego California for repairs and re-conversion back to a destroyer. (1)


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