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|185k||William Longshaw, Jr., born near Richmond, Va., 26 April 1839, studied pharmacology at the University of Louisiana and received a medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1859. He entered the Navy as an assistant surgeon 25 April 1862. While serving in the screw steamer Lehigh, he showed outstanding courage in an engagement with Confederate batteries on Sullivan’s Island, Charleston, S.C., 16 November 1863. After the ship had grounded while shelling Confederate forts at Cummings Point, a hawser had to be passed to steamer Nahant, which was standing by. Dr. Longshaw, in an open boat, carried a line for the first two hawsers across to Nahant. Confederate fire was so intense that both hawsers were shot away. Lehigh was eventually refloated when Nahant pulled her free with a third hawser. Longshaw’s gallantry in this action was praised by Rear Adm. John A. Dahlgren and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Dr. Longshaw was killed in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865, while binding up the wounds of a dying marine. Though he had received a leave of absence that same day, he voluntarily postponed his departure to serve during the assault. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.||Bill Gonyo|
|82k||Artist's conception of the Longshaw as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|122k||Undated, location unknown.||-|
|104k||Undated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 21d.||Captain Jerry Mason USN|
|317k||Undated newspaper clipping, location unknown.||Bob|
|102k||May 18 1945, wartime photo of USS Longshaw (DD-559) shows the charred and battered wreck stranded on Ose Reef off Okinawa after being pounded to pieces by concealed Japanese coastal batteries. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations In World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.||Robert Hurst|
Battle damage images taken by crewman David M. Nelson RM2c of the LCI(M) 356 on May 18, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa.
CDR Daniel Thomas Birtwell Jr. Dec 4 1943 - 1944 CDR Robert Hursey Speck 1944 - 1945 (Later RADM) LCDR Clarence William Becker 1945 - May 18 1945
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