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|9k||Ralph Wille Janssen was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, 28 January 1915, and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 12 October 1940. He was later appointed Midshipman, undergoing training on board Arkansas and at the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School 1940-41. Upon commissioning, Janssen reported to destroyer Porter 2 August 1941, and served on her during the critical first months of the Pacific war. Promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) 15 June 1942, he was killed 26 October 1942 when Porter was torpedoed by an enemy submarine during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
USS Janssen (DE 396) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Illinois thanks to Nancy Chism
|80k||October 1945, Charleston SC||Walt Peterson, S1C|
|362k||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Ship Basin at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking north from the Intrepid Ave. side, there are rows and rows of mothballed destroyers and destroyers escorts. One of the few identifiable ships is Janssen, decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. in 1946 and later transferred and towed to Philadelphia. Forward of her is the destroyer Sigourney (DD 643).||Jim Cunliffe|
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