Sunday, September 02, 2012
Here is the wikipedia list of the the most decorated ships in the United States Navy (during WWII).
Enterprise (CV 6) is number one, of course, with 20 battle stars, the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC), and the Navy Unit Commendation (NUC). (We should be very ashamed that this ship was broken up while an undistinguished battleship, the Alabama (BB 60), became a museum). Below is a photo of a Japanese bomb hit on its deck in '42.
And there tied for 7th (along with 6 other valiant ships), with 16 battle stars and the PUC, is the destroyer on which my father served, the USS Buchanan (DD 484).
Huh. Who knew?