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|8k||Thomas James Reeves was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on 9 December 1895. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1917 as an Electrician, Third Class. Reenlisted after a brief separation from the service in October 1921, Reeves rose to the rank of Chief Radioman during the following two decades. During the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, he was serving on board USS California. When the ship was bombed, torpedoed and set afire, Chief Petty Officer Reeves assisted in the supply of ammunition until overcome by smoke and fire. For this act of sacrifice and heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
USS Reeves (DE 156) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 101649 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|134k||circa October 1943: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Three views of USS Reeves (DE 156) at anchor, and getting underway, off Brooklyn. Reeves was coming into the New York Navy Yard for her first yard availability. She had just completed her first trans-Atlantic convoy.||Ed Zajkowski|
|148k||4 October 1943: New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Five views of Reeves during her first yard availability.
Looking aft from her fo'csl.
A yard worker standing in the gun tub of Mount 32 looks up at the photographer.
Looking aft from the port side of the bridge.
Looking forward from the fantail.
Looking aft from Mount 33. USS Hopping (DE 155) with an unidentified DE inboard of her are tied up aft of Reeves.
|30k||undated wartime image||-|
|Reeves' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 09 Jun. 1943 - 02 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. Mathias S. Clark, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 02 Dec. 1943 - 13 Aug. 1945||Lcdr. James J. Durney, USNR|
|3.) 13 Aug. 1945 - 18 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Park A. Dallas, Jr. (decomm.)|
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