USS Worcester (CL-144)


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Entry: 95439
Subject: DAVID G. FRICK FN

Sarah Pawloski wrote on April 4, 2018


City and State:

Unit: XP DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Would like any information on my grandpa David G. Frick. He passed away in 2005 and recently
I discovered almost 200 hundred pics (5 undeveloped rolls that are being processed and 103
negatives that I had developed) there are many pics from his time at Great Lakes Navy Base
and also from the many ports his ship the USS Worcester stopped at. Please email me if you
knew my grandpa and maybe I can get some of the people identified. Thank you so much.

Keywords: David G. Frick FN
XP Division
USS Worcester



Entry: 92509
Subject: USS WORCESTER CL-144 SEPT 1955

Tommy Robinson wrote on January 6, 2016


City and State: PENSACOLA FL

Unit: USS WORCESTER (CL-144)

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: In memory of my Dad USMC CPL. Thomas Henry Robinson
USS Worcester CL-144 Sept 1955
On 4 May 1955, WORCESTER departed Boston and embarked on her Sixth Mediterranean Cruise for NATO and the Sixth Fleet operations, and arrived at Gibraltar 14 May. Other ports visited were: Lisbon, Portugal on 18 May; San Raphael, France on 28 May; Naples, Italy on 1 June; Cannes, France on 15 June; Marseille, France on 1 July; Toulon, France on 8 July; Palermo, Italy on 22 July; Rhodes, Crete on 5 August; Salonika on 11 August; Leghorn on 25 August; Barcelona, Spain on 10 September; Gibraltar, BCC on 17 September, then back to Boston on 30 September 1955, to complete the Sixth and Last Mediterranean Cruise for the WORCESTER

I have a Worcester CL-144 New Paper from that trip Sept 1955 it has my dad playing guitar on the ship as CPL Tommie Robinson it also has a few other pic of John Dennis GM3,Ed Lauzier GM3,playing with him also it has photo of Donald E Drew CPL 5th div, Sal Pimpinell CS2 S-2 div, Phil Hewitt MU3 Flag, Jack Dameron YN3 x div, Dan Dillian BM3 3Div, Donald Large SN fox Div,and Ronald E Horr SN 1 Div

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Entry: 91291
Subject: HE DEVELOPED THE FIRST SEAL UNITS

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on May 30, 2015


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: In 1960, President John F. Kennedy commissioned Roy Henry Boehm, USN, to develop the
First U.S. Navy Seal Command. When meeting Pres. Kennedy, Boehm told him ; I did not vote for you, but, I will die for you. Who is this Roy H. Boehm (1924 - 2008) ? He was a 30 year U.S. Navy veteran, Mustang Officer, a USN deep-sea diver, a WW-II, Korea, Vietnam veteran. In WW-II he was in the destroyer USS Duncan-DD-485, and was wounded when it was sunk by the Japanese at Guadalcanal (12, Oct. 1942). He was BMC under Captain Harry H. Henderson, in the cruiser USS Worcester-CL-144, at the Inchon Assault (15, Sept. 1950) and was in Vietnam River Patrol Boats (Task-Force-116, Mekong Delta), plus a USN deep-sea diver, he went through UDT Training at age 31. Boehm did in fact develop and lead the First U.S. Navy Seal Command, he also was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for designing and implementation of the U.S. Navy's First Counterinsurgency Course. Boehm was the head of the U.S. Navy's River Patrol Craft Division, he developed tactical procedures, and organized and trained sailors for Vietnam River Patrol Boats, as well as Operation Game Warden, Task-
Force-116, Mekong Delta (2,000 Viet Cong craft destroyed, damaged, or captured). Boehm
retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of LCDR. He died at the age of 84, at Punta Gorda, Fl.
The Post Office there is named : Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm.
Fair Winds & Following Seas -------------- May the Lord fill our sails with wind, Support our hulls
in inviting seas, Guide our hands upon the tiller toward pleasant places, And bring us home,
O Lord, to a safe and loving harbor.

Keywords: LCDR. Roy H. Boehm --- Founder Of The U.S. Navy Seal Units --- WW-II - Korea - Vietnam ---
Pres. John F. Kennedy --- Navy Deep-Sea Diver -UDT - River Patrol Craft Div. --- Counterinsurgency --- Saltwater & Hazegray All The Way.



Entry: 90845
Subject: GERALD DODDS

Mark Dodds wrote on March 22, 2015


City and State:

Unit: USS WORCESTER CL-144

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello,

I'm looking for anyone who might have any information or pictures that include my grandfather, Gerald Dodds. I know he served on the Worcester in 1950, participating in their Around the World cruise and in Korean operations. This information is for family history purposes and just general interest in a person who passed when I was only 9 (Oct 1996 is when he passed)

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Entry: 77425
Subject: CAN'T FIND THE PIECES

Melanie Lecates wrote on January 11, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather passed when I was 15 and I recently found pictures and postcards, many with names, from his days on this ship but I can't find anyone who knew him or can tell me anything about his Navy days. His name was Martin F. Jones Jr. and was called "Sonny" or "Marty" by his friends. Can anyone help?

Keywords: USS Worcester CL 144



Entry: 69092
Subject: CL-144

Ken Young wrote on February 12, 2009


City and State: VALRICO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Since moving my Dad to a ALF (assisted living facility), I came across his dd214 and saw the USS Worcester on it. Looks like he was on the ship around 1954. He was in the engine room. Just thought I would post this in case anyone else interested. I will also talk to him more about it.
His name: Elliot A. Young Jr.
Thanks,
Ken

Keywords: USS Worcester, Korean War, Engine Room, 1954, EN



Entry: 61541
Subject: MY FATHER THE BAKER.

Jerry Ellis wrote on July 6, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: ANOKA MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I remember as a lad listening to my father telling me about his adventures as a sailor on board the CL 144 Worchester. He said they were the best times in his life. Now at age 76, I would like to try and reunite my father with some of his buddy's from the ship. Any information anyone could supply me with on reunions or gatherings would be most helpfull. Help me make an old man smile again. My email address is jjerence@yahoo.com. My fathers name is James R. Ellis, He was a cook or a baker aboard the Worchester during the first 2 years of the Korean War.

Keywords: James R. Ellis, Baker, on board the CL 144 Worchester during the first two years of the Korean War.



Entry: 60556
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO. FOR JAMES (JIM) CASTRONOVA

Jodi Bridges wrote on April 4, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am seeking information for my Dad Jim Castronova..Any comments or memories would be great. I lost my best friend and hero on March 04.2006...He is greatly missed by so many.........

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Entry: 59143
Subject: SERVED UNDER CAPTAIN H.H.HENDERSON

Mark Maciejewski wrote on October 7, 2006


City and State: LAKE VILLA IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Any information or photos of my Dad would be most grateful.He pasted away 12/02/05.

Keywords: USN Worcester CL 144



Entry: 57740
Subject: SERVED IN MARINE DETACHMENT

Fred Lambach wrote on June 21, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: ORO VALLEY AZ

Unit: MARINE DETACHMENT 1955-1957

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: I'm doing this for my husband as he's been revisiting his USS Worcester experiences with friends lately. Perhaps there are old acquaintances, from that period of time when he was stationed on the ship,
also visitng this site. I don't know what his "title" was except he said he was the "Captain's Orderly"

I met Fred when the ship was in Long Beach. LB was my home. We met at the Armed Forces "Y". Soon after he left for a cruise in the Pacific. (April - Oct)

Naturally, I don't have all the info. you ask for
Cora Lambach

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Entry: 56942
Subject: USS WORCESTER CL 144

William A. (Bill) McKenna wrote on May 2, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: PEABODY MA

Unit: NAVY VETERAN KOREAN WAR

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments:

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USS Worcester CL 144
Rank BT-3 Fireroom -#2
Served on board Sept. 1948 to Feb. 1952



Entry: 50892
Subject: ON BOARD FOR TWO YEARS

John Woodside wrote on May 16, 2005

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City and State: YORK PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Would like to know if my good captain Cohchran is still alive and well, He was a great assect to this ship.

Keywords: Joined the Worchester in Athens, Greece, Was at that time an ensign, when I left the Worchester was a lieut.Jg. Frequently O.D under way, under Capt. Cohcheran. and was at first at the rear of the ship at the gun director , later moved to the front of the ship at the gun director. Can remember shooting the railway area Chongin area and also remember the flock of geese. Friends were Thaxter p. Spencer, and from the engine room was a friend having worked for the Gerorgia power and light company. another friend was MacIntosh. Belive I had no nick name but perhaps was "Woody" Believe I was the youngest officer of the deck, under way.



Entry: 49908
Subject: INFORMATION

Brendan Jones wrote on April 1, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I virtually know nothing about my grandfather except
that he served on the USS Worcester CL-144. I'm
finding information to benefit myself and my father who
lost his dad when he was only a boy. If anyone has any
information about Eugene Thurston Jones, I would
greatly appreciate if you could email me at
spikespiegel148@netscape.net

Keywords: Eugene Jones USS Worcester CL-144



Entry: 47310
Subject: ABOUT US NAVY

National Lord wrote on December 5, 2004


City and State: POG OM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Love to have US Naval Officer as friends for I love the Us and the work their are doing for peace, but as President Bush said, peace and freedom is not American gift but from God, it shows that the US love peace and freedom.
Hoping to hear from u soon.
Yours faithfully,
National Lord
Thank

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Entry: 42418
Subject: WEB SITE WITH USS WORCESTER INFORMATION

Mark Janowski wrote on April 18, 2004


City and State: NEW CASTLE IN

Unit: CL-144, T DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: If you are interested in finding out more about the USS Worcester, please visit my web site - I have a growing collection of information and photographs. I am also working on an enhanced ship's history - a work in progress.

The URL is www.markjanowski.com.

Keywords: USS Worcester, CL-144, T Division



Entry: 40727
Subject: USS MACON CA132

James Bowser wrote on February 9, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: i was interested in the ship my grandfather used to be on and i have had no luck finding any information or pictures on the vesel. if you could happen to know where i could find or have any information on this ship please email me. i am interested mainly in pictures but information would be more than greatly appreciated. thank for your time and hope to here from you shortly.

Keywords: uss macon ca132, mediterranean cruiser, 7 september- 8 december 1954



Entry: 40716
Subject: USS DEHAVEN

Daniel Solt wrote on February 9, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Can someone please provide me the answer to this story? My father in-law has put me to the test to find this information.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Thank you!

Keywords: My father in law was in Korea and told me a story about a secret that the USS DeHaven had that no other Destroyer had in the divisions and that the Dehaven , and She was the SECOND destroyer given that name, for a reason and the changes made to her was for just that reason



Entry: 39800
Subject: USS WORCESTER CL-144

Max Pugh wrote on January 7, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: ANDERSON IN

Unit: XA DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: CAN'T FIND ANY OF MY FRENDS THAT SERVED WITH ME.
A FEW IN THE WORCESTER ASSO. I KNOW OF BUT THE ONES I WORKED WITH, I CAN'T FIND. I WORKED IN SEVERAL OFFICES FROM 1949 TO 1952. THE LAST ONE WAS THE NEWSPAPER OFFICE.(VARI-TYPER OPERATOR) AT ONE TIME THERE WAS A LIST OF THE SHIP'S PERSONELL.BUT THEY STOPPED THAT. THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT AGAIN. THE "MIGHTY WOE" WAS A GOOD SHIP.
YOUR SHIPMATE, MAX PUGH

Keywords: LAST NAME PUGH



Entry: 38878
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON SHIPMATES

Michael Henry wrote on December 1, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: LEE MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi...Trying to put together a little package for my grandfather. Does anyone have pictures, info or perhaps memories of the USS Worcester. My grandfather is James Castronova. He says he worked in the engine room. Please help me make this a great gift for him...Thank you

Keywords: CL144 USS Worcester James Castronova Seabees



Entry: 24530
Subject: USS WORCESTER KOREAN SERVICE

Mark Janowski wrote on April 4, 2002


City and State: NEW CASTLE IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: The beginning. . .
The decision to build the USS WORCESTER (CL-144) was made 13 May 1942. The building of the WORCESTER was authorized through appropriations obtained by War Bonds sponsored by the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. It was designed to fulfill the requirements of several functional needs. She was the first U.S. Navy ship of her class on which all guns could be used for anti-aircraft fire as well as for surface targets.
Combining Destroyer maneuverability with cruiser size, the new WORCESTER could carry out scouting operations, lead a flotilla of destroyers, and still keep to the sea in any kind of weather. She had a fuel capacity for long voyages and speed to overtake other vessels and maneuver rapidly. She could provide armor protection against gunfire and carried superior guns that were capable of out-shooting the enemy’s hard-hitting cruiser units, and still repel mass air attacks.
WORCESTER, at her commissioning, displaced 14,000 tons, was 680 feet long, 71 feet wide, had a draft of 26 feet, and could make 33 knots at flank speed. She carried a ships complement of 1,070 men. Her construction cost was $30,000,000 in 1948. Her keel was laid down 29 January 1945 at Camden, NJ by the New York Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Corp., and was launched 4 February 1947. Miss Gloria Ann Sullivan, daughter of Mayor and Mrs. F. G. Sullivan of Worcester, MA, christened WORCESTER and was commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Base 26 June 1948, with Capt. T. B. Dugan in Command.
The main battery consisted of twelve 6-inch dual-purpose guns mounted in six turrets. At commissioning the 3-inch guns were not installed, but approximately six 20mm mounts were installed for gunnery practice during the shakedown cruise. The 3-inch 50’s were installed in early 1949 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and the 20mm guns removed. There were five dual 3-inch 50 Cal. mounts on the port side, five on the starboard side and one on the bow, plus a pair of single 3-inch on blisters each side of the fantail, for a total count of 24 three-inch guns.
At commissioning, the search radars were SR-2, SR-6, SG-6, and SP-1, with the SR-2 and SG-6 on the Mainmast. The SR-6 was on a mast just forward of the rear stack, and the SP-1 was on the mainmast. The SR-2 antenna was fed with a rigid coax tube 1.5 inches in diameter, with a 1/4” diameter center conductor, held in place by ceramic donuts as spacers, and was not very effective, so it was eventually replaced. The SR-6 was removed from the stub mast and a new and better SR-6 with a different antenna was installed on the foremast. Fire Control radar consisted of 2 each MK-13, 4 each ~ MK-25, 4 each ~ MK-35, 6 each and MK-27’s mounted in each of the 6 main turrets. There were also individual radars on the bow and fantail 3-inch gun mounts, for a total count of 19 fire-control radars.

Korean Service. . .
While on her second tour to the Mediterranean, Korean hostilities broke out and WORCESTER received orders to depart for the Far East Theatre. On 27 July 1950, WORCESTER departed Phaleron Bay and joined Destroyer Division 21, which included: FRED T. BERRY (DDE-858); KEPLER (DDE-765); NORMS (DDE-859); and McCAFFREY (DDE-860). The detached high-speed taskforce departed for the 7,800 mile trip to Korean waters, via the Suez Canal, passing Port Said, Egypt 29 July, then thru the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, and arrived Colombo, Ceylon 7 August 1950. They departed Colombo 9 August for Okinawa, passing thru the Bashi Channel to Buckner Bay, Okinawa, arriving 19 August. The Communist Chinese had her routed thru the Bashi Channel to be available to counter any invasion attempt on Formosa. After refueling from the tanker NAVASOTA (AO-106), she departed Okinawa 20 August and arrived Keelung, Formosa 21 August 1950 to join the Formosa Patrol. She was at anchor in Keelung 22 thru 26 August.
On 27 August 1950, WORCESTER departed Keelung to join Task Force 77 (TF-77), the fast carrier task force, consisting of PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47) and VALLEY FORGE (CV-45), who were operating in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Korea. In the ensuing days, the carriers launched air strikes against North Korean ground targets while the screen provided protection against the possibility of North Korean air attacks. Her helicopter also performed plane-guard duty, standing by in the air to rescue any ditched pilots from nearby waters.
On 4 September, WORCESTER’s radar picked up an unidentified contact at 1331 hours. Combat Air Patrol from VALLEY FORGE (CV-45) reported the contact as a twin-engine bomber with a Red Star marking. At 1345 hours, the F4U’s vectored to the “Bogey” by FLETCHER (DDE-445) splashed the bomber 47 miles away.
The following day, WORCESTER went to General Quarters (GQ) at 1108 hours, and commenced maneuvering at 20 knots, to avoid possible air attack after her radar picked up an unidentified target closing on the formation from the east. Three minutes later, WORCESTER fired three rounds of 6-inch in the direction of the intruder to warn her off. It turned out to be a British “Short Sunderland” flying boat on patrol. At 2143 hours, WORCESTER secured from Battle Stations and resumed her patrol with TF-77.
On 6 September, WORCESTER retired from her screening duties and transferred her helicopter to PHILIPPINE SEA (CV-47) to clear the ship for a practice anti-aircraft firing drill. Then she recovered the “Chopper” and set course for Sasebo, Japan, for replenishment of her ammunition, fuel, stores, and provisions. She remained in Sasebo until 0532 hours 10 September when she departed for the Yellow Sea, forming up with TF-77 15 September to support the amphibious assault on North Korean forces at Inchon and Seoul. This was a daring strike, aimed at outflanking the North Korean invaders by a strategic landing behind their lines in South Korea, masterminded by General Douglas McArthur. WORCESTER screened the fast carrier task force as their planes bombed North Korean targets ashore. On 20 September 1950, she was detached to conduct shore bombardment with TG-95.2 in the vicinity of Pohang Dong. She proceeded to the objective via the Straits north of the Quelpart Islands and west of Tsushima to rendezvous with HELENA (CA-75), 3 miles off the east coast of Korea and 12 miles north of Pohang Dong. She relieved the HELENA in her GunFire Support duties at 0600 hours 24 September 1950.
At 0805 hours, WORCESTER began shore bombardment, shelling nine North Korean troop concentrations ashore. Her own gun fire support party named “Cliff Dweller” directed Fire Control, and Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG) personnel assisted them ashore. WORCESTER delivered Call-Fire throughout the day, with pinpoint accuracy, at troop concentrations and command post’s. At dusk, she was relieved by SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD747), the nighttime gunfire support ship, and departed to seaward of the fire support area, for the night. WORCESTER returned the following morning and resumed her Gun Fire Support duties, adding casualties to the already beaten and retreating North Korean forces. Throughout the 25th, WORCESTER, using “KMAG” spotting from ashore, delivered GunFire Support for the advancing United Nations (UN) Forces, breaking up communist troop concentrations with her precise 6-inch fire. The ship’s War Diary at one point recorded: “Spotter reported troops dispersed. “KMAG” reported that all firing has been very effective and instrumental in enemy retreat.”
WORCESTER spent the night hours of the 25th and into the 26th, patrolling eight miles of a stretch of coast between Yonghae and Utchin. The rapid advance of the UN Forces on the 26th, negated fire support from WORCESTER’s guns until September 27, when she received a report that the USS BRUSH (DD-745) had struck a mine off Tanchon, North Korea at 1220 hours. The USS SAMUEL N. MOORE (DD-747) took over On-call Gun Fire Support duties, and the WORCESTER immediately steamed at 27 knots for up to 100 miles to provide assistance.
Upon arrival, the BRUSH was down by the bow, with a 3-degree port list, and there were five dead and 30 injured. At 0101 hours 27 September 1950, WORCESTER commenced taking on board the more seriously wounded of the destroyer’s crew via high-line transfer. Two Corpsmen were transferred to the BRUSH during these transfers, to prepare the wounded for transfer. By 0228 hours, fifteen stretcher cases, all suffering from burns were received on the WORCESTER. The WORCESTER and BRUSH altered course for Japan after damage control shored up bulkheads around the damaged area, and later that day, took on four more stretcher patients and six ambulatory patients, plus one corpse. They were later joined by the salvage vessel USS BOLSTER (ARS-38) and destroyer DeHAVEN (DD-727), and continued to Sasebo, Japan, arriving at Sasebo the afternoon of 29 September 1950. As she was being made fast to her buoy in Sasebo harbor, WORCESTER received this message from the BRUSH:
“With us you are not only “Big League” (WORCESTER”s radio call sign) but world champions. The kindness, consideration an eagerness to help, of the WORCESTER’s ship’s company, will never be forgotten by the BRUSH.”
On 30 September, WORCESTER departed Sasebo to return to Korean waters, and at 0600 hours October 1, joined the task force south of the 41st. Parallel, to resume her fire support and interdiction duties to support the advance of the UN Troops. As she patrolled off the coast, WORCESTER launched her helicopter to conduct anti-submarine and anti-mine patrols, and frequently stationed lookouts on the bow of the ship with their eyes peeled for mines. Periodically the screening destroyers found and destroyed mines drifting nearby. Recent encounters with the horned spheres had resulted in all operations being carried out at the 100-fathom curve, which meant maximum gun range for the ships when “Call-Fire” was requested. On 7 October, WORCESTER picked up three North Korean POW’s, and transferred them to USS ROCHESTER (CA-124).
WORCESTER, as flagship for TG-95.2, returned to Sasebo 8 October, and Rear Admiral C.C. Hartman removed his flag and staff from the WORCESTER while she was re-fueling, rearming and loading provisions. On 9 October, WORCESTER became a Flagship again, when Rear Admiral Allen E. Smith brought his flag and staff aboard as Commander TG-95.
At 1248 hours on 10 October, WORCESTER got underway to return to the East Coast of Korea, this time to screen minesweeping operations at the important port of Wonsan, and to support the advance of the 3rd Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Division.
Early 11 October, the operation truly became International, when the British destroyer JAMES COCKADE (D-34), the Australian destroyer HIMIAS WARRAMUNGA (D-123), and the Canadian destroyer HMCS ATHABASKAN, joined WORCESTER’s group, which already included the British Light Cruiser JAMS CEYLON (C-30), Heavy Cruiser JAMS HELENA, the U.S. Heavy Cruiser ROCHESTER (CA-124), and destroyers HERBERT J. THOMAS (DD-833) and MADDOX (DD-731). On 12 October, the Battleship MISSOURI (BB-63) joined, bringing her heavy 16-inch guns to the task force. While MISSOURI’s helicopter searched the projected bombardment track for mines, the UN Force formed up for battle.
At 1150 hours, when a shell from an unobserved shore battery fell 5,000 yards short of the group, it apparently signaled the beginning. WORCESTER hoisted the Blue and White UN Flag to the foretruck and commenced firing at exactly noon 12 October. For the next 90 odd minutes, WORCESTER’s 6-inch guns hammered at iron works and railroad tunnels in the port installations of Chongjin, just 50 miles from Communist China.
WORCESTER’s 6-inch guns expended 1,065 rounds in the shore bombardment 12 October. On 13 October, she was at Songjin and shelled port facilities and railroad installations with 150 rounds of 6-inch. Songjin is now listed on current maps as Kimchaek. On 17 October, she returned to Chongjin and fired an additional 105 rounds of 6-inch at what was left of the port facilities. Both of these targets were over 100 miles north of Wonsan, and were shelled to damage North Korean supply lines. Over the next few days, WORCESTER and the ships in company with her, proceeded to rain destruction on targets of opportunity near Wonson, targets that ranged from railroad marshaling yards to rolling stock, and adjacent warehouse area’s. Also 16 October, in an action reminiscent of the “Battle of the Pips”, in WW-II, the HELENA, WORCESTER and accompanying destroyers fired at unidentified radar targets, ”Blips”, on radar screens that were approaching from the north. They were never visually spotted or confirmed, but were probably 2 flocks of geese.
WORCESTER then returned to Sasebo to pick up mail and some passengers, then returned to the Wonson Task Force to transfer the mail, VIP passengers and her helicopter unit to the ROCHESTER (CA-124), then at 1723 hours 21 October, in company with LIMS HELENA, and screened by USS SUTHERLAND (DD-743), and USS ENGLISH (DD-696), she cleared Korean waters to join up with USS COLLETT (DD-730). WORCESTER then was escorted only by USS COLLETT and continued on to Sasebo, Japan. She arrived Sasebo 23 October and disembarked Rear Admiral Smith, his Flag and Staff, to the Destroyer Tender USS DIXIE (AD-14).
WORCESTER then completed her transfer of helicopter support personnel, spares, and equipment to Fleet Activities, Sasebo, and at 1701 hours 23 October, departed Sasebo for Yokosuka, Japan, arriving 0823 hours 25 October. After refueling, replenishment, liberty for her crew, and cleaning of two boilers, WORCESTER departed Yokosuka, Japan 27 October 1950, enroute Pearl Harbor, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
The day after she sailed, WORCESTER received a radio dispatch from Admiral Turner Joy, Commander, Naval Forces, Far East, which said:
“Upon the WORCESTER’s departure from the Far East, I wish to extend a hearty ‘WELL DONE’ to the entire Ship’s Company. Your rapid deployment from the European Station, to the Far East, followed by your immediate and most effective participation in the Korean effort, clearly demonstrates that your status of ‘War Readiness’ was excellent.”
WORCESTER then departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 4 November for the Panama Canal Zone, arriving 15 November. She departed the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal 16 November enroute the Philadelphia Naval Base. She arrived at Philadelphia 21 November 1950, having circum-navigated the globe. She departed NavBase Philadelphia 27 November enroute Norfolk, arriving 28 November to unload ammunition, then departed 29 November for Boston Navy Yard.
WORCESTER arrived at her homeport of Boston 1 December 1950.

The End . . .
On 19 December 1958, WORCESTER was de-commissioned at Mare Island, California and placed in reserve status, “Moth-Balled”, for re-activation if needed, and berthed at San Francisco.


She was then transferred to Bremerton, Washington, Naval Shipyard before being struck from the U.S. Navy list of active ships in December 1960. She was sold for scrap to the Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland, Oregon 5 July 1972 for $495,950.


The revolutionary light cruiser that never had a chance to prove herself in her designed role, but proved herself and her crew well, in a secondary role in Korea, was broken up for scrap. She was the last of the “All-Gun”, Light Cruiser concept designs. New cruisers were armed with Missiles.


Approximately 200 tons of her armor plate was sent to the Fermi National Accelerator Lab at Batavia, IL west of Chicago, the armor being used for absorption shielding in the particle accelerator. USS ROANOKE (CL-145) also supplied 200 tons of armor plate, along with the Heavy Cruisers MACON (CA-132), FALL RIVER (CA-131) and BALTIMORE (CA-68) with 300 tons of armor plate each. Five Essex Class Carriers; PRINCETON (CVA-37); ANTIETAM (CVA-36); BUNKER HILL (CVA-17); PHILIPPINE SEA (CVA-47); and LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CVA-39), each supplied 600 tons of armor plate.


WORCESTER was awarded two battle stars for her “Korean War Service”

For information on the USS Worcester Association please see www.ussworcester.com or contact the association's secretary, Phil Harter, at philharter@aol.com

Keywords: CL-144, Worcester, T Division







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