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USS CASSIN (DD-372)


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CLASS - MAHAN As Built.
Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard October 1 1934.
Launched October 28 1935 and commissioned August 21 1936.
Cassin was all but destroyed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Equipment salvaged from her hulk was taken to Mare Island
where Cassin was completely rebuilt in a new hull during 1942-43.
Decommissioned December 17 1945.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold November 25 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Cassin 38kBorn in Philadelphia, 16 February 1783, Stephen Cassin entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1800, and served in Philadelphia in the West Indies during the latter part of the war with France. In the war of 1812, he commanded Ticonderoga in the Battle of Lake Champlain and was awarded a gold medal for bravery by Congress. Captain Cassin died in Washington, D.C., 29 August 1857.Bill Gonyo
Cassin 108kUndated, location unknown.-
Cassin 496kNewspaper clipping the day before the launching of the Shaw and the Cassin dated October 27 1935.Ron Reeves
Cassin 118kOctober 28 1935, launching at Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Cassin 74kUSS Cassin (DD-372) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 2 February 1937. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cassin 98kBroadside view of the USS Cassin (DD 372) off Navy Yard Philadelphia on 2 Feb 1937.Darryl Baker
Cassin 130kFebruary 2 1937, Philadelphia Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Cassin 118kUSS Cassin (DD-372) Underway in the Pacific Ocean, 15 December 1939. Photographed by O.A. Tunnell. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Cassin 93k410101-N-0000F-001. 1941 USS image of Cassin's (DD 372) crew mess. (All Hands magazine photo by: Naval Historical Center, January 2002, pg. 46.)Bill Gonyo
Cassin 123kUSS Cassin (DD-372) scene in the crew's mess, circa Autumn 1941. Note crewmen's "Short White" uniforms, mess gear and details of mess tables. Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 80-PR-1665.Robert Hurst
Cassin 76kSydney, Australia March 1941Marc Piché
Cassin 146kPearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941, USS Cassin (DD-372) burned out and capsized against USS Downes (DD-375), in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard drydock on 7 December 1941, after the Japanese attack. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Cassin 139kPearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941, USS Downes (DD-375), at left, and USS Cassin (DD-372), capsized at right, burned out and sunk in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard drydock on 7 December 1941, after the Japanese attack. The relatively undamaged USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Cassin 195kUSS Cassin (DD-372) (capsized, right) and USS Downes (DD-375) (left), In Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 7 December 1941, immediatly following the Japanese attack. Both ships had been severely damaged by bomb hits and the resulting fires. In the background, also in Drydock Number One, is USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), which had received relatively light damage in the raid. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 64482.Robert Hurst
Cassin 194kUSS Downes (DD-375) and USS Cassin (DD-372) in Drydock One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, soon after the end of the Japanese air attack. Cassin has capsized against Downes. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) is astern, occupying the rest of the drydock. The torpedo-damaged cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) is in the right distance, beyond the crane. Visible in the center distance is the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37), with USS Maryland (BB-46) alongside. Smoke is from the sunken and burning USS Arizona (BB-39), out of view behind Pennsylvania. USS California (BB-44) is partially visible at the extreme left. This image has been attributed to Navy Photographer's Mate Harold Fawcett. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-19943.Robert Hurst
Cassin 166kUSS Downes (DD-375), nearest to camera, and USS Cassin (DD-372), capsized against Downes, in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 8 December 1941, the day after they were wrecked by Japanese bombs and the resulting fires. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 54559.Robert Hurst
Cassin 192kUSS Cassin (DD-372), at left, and USS Downes (DD-375), Under salvage in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 23 January 1942. They had been wrecked during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. Photographed from the foremast of USS Raleigh (CL-7), which was undergoing battle damage repairs in the drydock. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 54562.Robert Hurst
Cassin 183kUSS Cassin (DD-372), at right, capsized, and USS Downes (DD-375), Under salvage in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 27 January 1942. They had been wrecked during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. Also in the drydock is USS Raleigh (CL-7), which was under repair for torpedo damage received on 7 December. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 54563.Robert Hurst
Cassin 163kUSS Cassin (DD-372) (capsized, right) and USS Downes (DD-375) (left), In Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 4 February 1942, while under salvage. Both destroyers had been wrecked in the drydock during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In the background, also in Drydock Number One, is USS Raleigh (CL-7), receiving repairs for torpedo damage received in the Japanese attack. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 55062.Robert Hurst
Cassin 198kUSS Cassin (DD-372) (capsized, right) and USS Downes (DD-375), Under salvage in Drydock Number One at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 5 February 1942, the day Cassin was righted from her previous position capsized against Downes. They had been wrecked during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid. Also in the drydock is USS Raleigh (CL-7), which was under repair for torpedo damage received on 7 December. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 54564.Robert Hurst
Cassin 86kLeaving dry dock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 18 February 1942, following salvage. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Cassin 118kIn drydock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 23 January 1942, while under salvage. She was burned out and capsized in the drydock during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Joe Radigan
Cassin 110kThe USS Cassin (DD 372) is half way down the building was at Mare Island Navy Yard on 16 June 1943. The partially completed hull of the USS Spadefish (SS 411) is to the left behind the staging.Darryl Baker
Cassin 114kFebruary 1944 at Mare Island.Wolfgang Hechler
Cassin 77kForward plan view of the new USS Cassin (DD 372) at Mare Island on 20 Feb 1944. She was under construction at the yard starting on 12 Nov 1942 and departed on 26 Feb 44.Darryl Baker
Cassin 130kAfter plan view of the new USS Cassin (DD 372) at Mare Island on 20 Feb 1944. She was under construction at the yard starting on 12 Nov 1942 and departed on 26 Feb 44.Darryl Baker
Cassin 77kStern view of the new USS Cassin (DD 372) departing Mare Island on 26 Feb 1944.Darryl Baker
Cassin 98kBroadside view of the new USS Cassin (DD 372) off Mare Island on 26 Feb 1944.Darryl Baker
Cassin 85kBow on view of the new USS Cassin (DD 372) departing Mare Island on 26 Feb 1944.Darryl Baker
Cassin 91kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 February 1944. The ship, which had been wrecked in the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has just completed a total reconstruction, with her original machinery and main battery installed in a new hull and superstructure. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Cassin 136kUSS San Diego (CL-53), At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 April 1944, following overhaul. She is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 24d. In the background are USS Cassin (DD-372) and USS Denver (CL-58). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-64799.Robert Hurst
Cassin 163kUSS San Diego (CL-53), At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 April 1944, following overhaul. The destroyer in the background is USS Cassin (DD-372). Note San Diego's after 5"/38 gun mounts, 40mm quad anti-aircraft machine gun mount and depth charges on her fantail, and floating crane alongside. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-64801.Robert Hurst

USS CASSIN DD-372 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Alfred Gallatin Noble    Aug 21 1936 - Jun 2 1937 (Later ADM)
CDR Ralph Clonts Alexander    Jun 2 1937 - Jun 16 1939
LCDR William Francis Fitzgerald Jr.    Jun 16 1939 - Jan 17 1941 (Later RADM)
LCDR Daniel Francis Joseph Shea    Jan 17 1941 - Dec 7 1941
CDR Vincent James Meola    Feb 5 1944 - Dec 1 1944
LCDR Homer Earl Conrad    Dec 1 1944 - Dec 17 1945

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Destroyer History Foundation
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