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|244k||John William Haas was born 14 June 1907 in Sioux City, Iowa. A member of the famed Torpedo Squadron 3, the chief machinist and pilot was lost in action 04 June 1942
during the Battle of Midway. In the face of tremendous anticraft fire and Japanese fighter opposition, Chief Haas joined his squadron in pressing home the attack on enemy forces
until it became relatively certain that in order to accomplish his mission he would sacrifice his life. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried
on with extreme disregard for his personal safety until the gallant planes of Torpedo Squadron 3 had diverted Japanese planes and contributed importantly to the victory. For his
self-sacrifice and valiant fighting effort, Chief Machinist Haas was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.|
USS Haas (DE 424) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 95554 from the US Naval Historical Center)
|45k||undated||George L. Whitehill Jr.(RM2/c)|
|278k||25 March 1944: Haas underway off the Boston Navy Yard.
(All three photos courtesy of Chris Wright)
|181k||07 August 1944: Houston, Tex.|
|436k||05 October 1944: Port bow view of the destroyer escort USS Haas (DE 424).
(U.S. Navy photo #L45-115.01.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|View the USS Haas (DE 424) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Haas as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Haas's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 02 Aug. 1944 - 26 Sep. 1944||Lcdr. A. M. White, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 26 Sep. 1944 - 08 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James A. Rector, USNR|
|3.) 08 Dec. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. Richard Berrian Hadaway, USNR (Manchester, N.H.)|
|4.) .. .... 1946 - 31 May 1946||Lt.(jg) Laurie Walter Larson, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Rockford, Ill.)|
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