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|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 12 June 1944||Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, 3 to 13 January 1945
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 to 18 February 1945
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| USS Blessman (APD-48)
On 4 February 1942, Marblehead stood out of Surabaya, Java, as part of a mixed American-Dutch cruiser-destroyer force under Rear Admiral Karel W. F. M. Doorman, RNN. Japanese Kawanishi H6K5 “Mavis” flying boats from the Toko Kokutai, however, spotted the Allied force as it attempted to transit the Madoera Strait to attack the Japanese Borneo invasion fleet. Thus forewarned, Japanese naval land attack planes bombed the allied force. At 1027, a stick of seven bombs from a Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” Bomber straddled Marblehead. The first of the two bombs to hit the ship penetrated the main deck and exploded near “wardroom country,” the blast ripping through the light sheet metal bulkheads that comprised the boundaries of the compartment. Blessman, who, as the ship’s senior aviator had no air defense station and was in the wardroom at the time, was killed instantly by the concussion. Lieutenant Blessman was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. His wife Mrs. Helen Malloy Blessman accepted the award on his behalf from a grateful nation.
Photo from the "USNA Yearbook Lucky Bag – Class of 1931".
|140k||USS Blessman (APD-48) at Mare Island, 7 August 1945. She was undergoing repairs at the yard from 23 April until 11 August 1945. USS Owen (DD-536) is just visible in the background.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5826-45.
|147k||Forward plan view of USS Blessman (APD-48) at Mare Island, 7 August 1945. USS Owen (DD-536) is seen to the right and the dredge Endicot (YM-12) is aft of Blessman.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5827-45.
|62k||USS Blessman (APD-48) underway, August 1945, location unknown.
US Navy photo
|70k||USS Blessman (APD-48) underway, 4 August 1945, off Mare Island Navy Yard. Note that her quarter deck crane has been removed, and additional 40mm guns fitted in its place. Photo courtesy of Arthur D. Baker III, 1981.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91839.
| ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843)
|46k||Ex-USS Blessman (APD-48) in Republic of China service as Chung Shan (PF-843) at anchor, 16 August 1977, location unknown.||Perry Huang|
|53k||ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) moored at Keelung Harbor in 1994.||Perry Huang|
|69k||ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) underway, in 1995, location unknown.||Perry Huang|
|69k||ROCS Chung Shan (PF-843) ship's flag.||Perry Huang|
|01||LCDR. Gillis, Joseph A., USNR||19 September 1943 - 9 August 1944||DE-68 / APD-48|
|02||LT. DeBoutillier Jr., P., USNR||1 October 1944 - 30 June 1945||APD-48|
|03||LCDR. Davison, C. O., USNR||30 June 1945 - 30 September 1945||APD-48|
|04||LCDR. Livingston, C. S., USN||1 November 1945 - January 1946||APD-48|
|05||LCDR. White, D E., USNR||January 1946 - May 1946||APD-48|
|06||LCDR. Case, G. F., USNR||May 1946 - ?||APD-48|
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