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|Bruce McCandless, the son of Commodore Byron McCandless (1881-1967) was born in Washington, DC on 12 August 1911. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy
in 1932. He served in Indianapolis (CA 35) and Case (DD 370). He was serving as communications officer of San Francisco when Japan attacked Pearl
Harbor on 07 December 1941. On 13 November 1942, during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Japanese gunfire killed Radm. Daniel J. Callaghan and his staff, including Captain Cassin Young and
all other officers on the San Francisco's bridge, except Lcdr. McCandless, who took the conn for the rest of the battle. For his conduct, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, and promoted to
full Commander. Cmdr. McCandless continued to serve in San Francisco until 1944, when he took command of the destroyer Gregory (DD 802). On 08 April 1945, during
the Battle of Okinawa, Gregory was attacked and damaged by four kamikazes; her CO was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry.
Captain McCandless retired on 01 September 1952, with a terminal promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral. He died in Washington, DC, on 24 January 1968, and was buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Radm. McCandless was the father of NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II.
USS McCandless (DE 1084) (1972-1994) was the first ship named in his honor, and that of his father, Commodore Byron McCandless. There is also a street at the U.S. Naval Academy named after Admiral McCandless, as well as the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence, Colorado. (U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
|96k||1973: At sea in the Indian Ocean||Glen Beattie|
|127k||12 December 1979: At sea - An aerial port bow view of six ships in the USS Independence Battle Group as they head home from deployment in the Mediterranean
Sea. The ships are, clockwise from the right, USS McCandless (FF 1084), USS Peterson (DD 969),
USS Farragut (DDG 37), USS Mahan (DDG 42),
USS Caron (DD 970) and USS Garcia (FF 1040).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-82-00284 by PHC Pedrick from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|201k||01 November 1983: Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard beam view of McCandless leaving Norfolk.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09135 by PH2 D. Wujick from the DVIC)
|258k||01 November 1983: Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard quarter view of McCandless underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09136 by PH2 D. Wujick from the DVIC)
|214k||01 November 1983: Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard bow view of McCandless and a port quarter view of the submarine rescue ship USS
Petrel (ASR 14) underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09137 by PH2 D. Wujick from the DVIC)
|288k||01 November 1983: Hampton Roads, Va. - A starboard bow view of McCandless underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09138 by PH2 D. Wujick from the DVIC)
|165k||01 November 1983: At sea - A starboard bow view of McCandless underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-88-09139 by PH2 D. Wujick from the DVIC)
|81k||15 May 1984: At sea - Commander G.T. Forbes, commanding officer of McCandless, presents a letter of commendation and a life ring to
Seaman G. P. Kallin for his action on the morning of 13 May 1984. The frigate was en route to Puerto Rico when Seaman Kallin, serving as the after lookout, reported a "Man Overboard"
to the bridge. His action resulted in the rescue of a man adrift at sea for 43 hours.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-10148 from the DVIC)
|155k||undated ship portrait by © Atlantic Fleet Sales (prior to hull upgrade modification)||Robert M. Cieri|
|151k||undated ship portrait by © Atlantic Fleet Sales (after hull upgrade modification)|
|127k||12 September 1987: Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of McCandless undergoing overhaul in a floating dry dock at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and
Dry Dock Corporation.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07975 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.), from the DVIC)
|145k||12 September 1987: Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of McCandless undergoing overhaul in a floating dry dock at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and
Dry Dock Corporation.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-07976 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.), from the DVIC)
|141k||02 October 1987: Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va. - A port bow view of McCandless undergoing overhaul and modifications at the Norfolk Shipbuilding
and Dry Dock Corporation.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-08231 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.), from the DVIC)
|666k||18 November 1987: At sea - A starboard bow view of McCandless underway in Thimble Shoals en route to the open ocean for sea trials.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-02295 from the DVIC)
|125k||January 1989: The Mediterranean Sea - McCandless fuels from the starboard side of USS Platte (AO 186). The photo was taken by Bob while aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) which was fueling from Platte's port side.||Bob Royes|
|90k||January 1989: The Mediterranean Sea - McCandless passes by Kennedy's starboard side.|
|158k||04 July 1993: Naval Station Mayport, Fla. - The training frigates USS Ainsworth (FFT 1090) and McCandless each display
a rainbow of signal flags while moored at the naval station on the Fourth of July.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05527 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|134k||04 July 1993: Naval Station Mayport - as in previous photo.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-05527 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|Navy Times Ship in the
Spotlight © Mario DeMarco
|The DANFS history for USS McCandless (DE 1084) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.|
|View the USS McCandless (DE 1084) history located on Wikipedia.|
|McCandless's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Mar. 1972 - 12 Sep. 1973||Cmdr. Ralph Alamore Turner, Jr.|
|2.) 12 Sep. 1973 - 03 Jul. 1975||Lcdr. Howard Richard Jones, Jr. (Amory, Miss.)|
|3.) 03 Jul. 1975 - 29 May 1976||Cmdr. Albert Aloysius Carretta, Jr.|
|4.) 29 May 1976 - 02 Jun. 1978||Cmdr. Allen Morris Bissell|
|5.) 02 Jun. 1978 -21 Jun. 1980||Cmdr. William Robert Blakeley|
|6.) 21 Jun. 1980 - 14 Aug. 1982||Cmdr. Robert M. Werner (Omaha, Neb.)|
|7.) 14 Aug. 1982 - 01 Dec. 1984||Cmdr. George Thomas Forbes|
|8.) 01 Dec.. 1984 - 02 Jan. 1987||Cmdr. William Alan Gaffney (USNA '67) (Winchester, Mass.)|
|9.) 02 Jan. 1987 - 22 Apr. 1989||Cmdr. Joe Anderson Goodman (USNA '70) (Irving, Tex.)|
|10.) 22 Apr. 1989 - 05 May 1991||Cmdr. Robert Frederick Ege (Auburn, Neb.)|
|11.) 05 May 1991 - 15 Aug. 1991||Cmdr. William D. Largent|
|12.) 15 Aug. 1991 - 17 Jul. 1993||Cmdr. Gary Robert Chiaverotti (Milwaukee, Wis.)|
|13.) 17 Jul. 1993 - 06 May 1994||Cmdr. Craig Richard Knouse|
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