Allied Warships

USS Massachusetts (BB 59)

Battleship of the South Dakota class

NavyThe US Navy
ClassSouth Dakota 
PennantBB 59 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Dec 1938 
Laid down20 Jul 1939 
Launched23 Sep 1941 
Commissioned12 May 1942 
End service27 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.
Stricken 1 June 1962.


Commands listed for USS Massachusetts (BB 59)

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1Capt. Francis Elliott Maynard Whiting, USN12 May 194212 Dec 1942
2Robert Ogden Glover, USN12 Dec 194227 Sep 1943
3Theodore Davis Ruddock, Jr., USN27 Sep 19438 Apr 1944
4Capt. William Walter Warlick, USN8 Apr 19442 May 1945
5Captain John Roland Redman, USN2 May 194522 Jan 1946

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