Constitution Sailors Remember Pearl Harbor from Cassin Young


Story Number: NNS171208-14Release Date: 12/8/2017 12:13:00 PM
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By Seaman Tiana Coots, USS Constitution Public Affairs

BOSTON (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution, visitors and distinguished guests participated in a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony honoring the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on the deck of former Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cassin Young (DD 793), Dec. 7.

The attack, which happened while the Empire of Japan was giving false hopes of continued peace in the Pacific, commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time.

Approximately 90 minutes later, the attack ended with more than 3,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel either killed or wounded.

The day following the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt claimed the date would live in infamy and asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Less than four years later, on Sept. 2, 1945, World War II ended as the United States and her Allies achieved victory against the Axis Powers.

The ceremony began with the performance of the national anthem by the Apollo Club of Boston, followed by a greeting from Michael Creasy, superintendent of the National Parks of Boston.

"We gather here today aboard the destroyer USS Cassin Young, named for the former U.S. Navy Commander Cassin Young, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor," said Creasy. "Our service men and women are fighting for the values represented and celebrated right here at this significant national monument."

After the opening remarks, Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, USS Constitution's 75th commanding officer spoke of the travesty and some of the accounts of valor that came in the wake of the tragic event.

"The memory of Pearl Harbor inspired perseverance through the challenges of the years ahead, and remains a reminder of the sacrifices of the service members past and present," said Shick.

Following Shick's remarks, retired Lt. Cmdr, Caasin Young III, grandson of Capt. Cassin Young, namesake of the Fletcher-class destroyer, talked about his grandfather's legacy and the combat history of the ship during World War II.

"It is most fitting that this great ship was named in honor of Captain Cassin Young," said Young III. "It was commissioned only 13 months after his death at age 48, and it began its own impressive war record in the Pacific of April 1944."

To conclude the ceremony, two wreathes were laid into the Boston harbor and a gun salute was given from USS Constitution during the playing of "Taps" to commemorate the people who died as a result of the attack.

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