USS Cassin Young Volunteers

USS Cassin Young Volunteers USS Cassin Young(DD-793) is a WW2 Fletcher class destroyer that is today a National Historic Landmark, permanently berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard, part of the Boston National Historical Park.
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Machine Shop C-202-E, First Platform Aft.  Lathe and endmill are original to when the ship was built in 1943. All the eq...
07/07/2021
DD-793: Machine Shop C-202-E

Machine Shop C-202-E, First Platform Aft. Lathe and endmill are original to when the ship was built in 1943. All the equipment in the compartment still works and is used regularly by the volunteers. https://youtu.be/Sr1YHsTbix4

Machine Shop C-202-EFirst Platform Aft

06/27/2021
More of the CY junior officers attending the 40 year ansversary of the Cassin Young opening to the public…&
06/27/2021

More of the CY junior officers attending the 40 year ansversary of the Cassin Young opening to the public…&

More of the CY junior officers attending the 40 year ansversary of the Cassin Young opening to the public…&

40 years ago today, USS Cassin Young opened to the public in the Charlestown Navy Yard… had a nice little ceremony to ce...
06/27/2021

40 years ago today, USS Cassin Young opened to the public in the Charlestown Navy Yard… had a nice little ceremony to celebrate, a number of CY Junior officers and other family menbers where in attendance. LtJG James Davies returned to spend a little time in his old cabin…

40 years ago today, USS Cassin Young opened to the public in the Charlestown Navy Yard… had a nice little ceremony to celebrate, a number of CY Junior officers and other family menbers where in attendance. LtJG James Davies returned to spend a little time in his old cabin…

Photos from NPS K9 Oscar's post
06/27/2021

Photos from NPS K9 Oscar's post

Nice article in the Thursday June 17, copy of the Charlestown Bridge Paper.Don't miss Sunday June 27 ceremony at 10am to...
06/21/2021

Nice article in the Thursday June 17, copy of the Charlestown Bridge Paper.
Don't miss Sunday June 27 ceremony at 10am to celebrate her 40 years as a museum ship in the Navy Yard.

Nice article in the Thursday June 17, copy of the Charlestown Bridge Paper.
Don't miss Sunday June 27 ceremony at 10am to celebrate her 40 years as a museum ship in the Navy Yard.

FYI…
06/10/2021

FYI…

HUZZAH! USS Constitution is scheduled to go underway from Charlestown Navy Yard, tomorrow June 11, at 10:00 a.m. EST.

Over 200 local-Boston healthcare workers and first responders will join us in honor of their service to the public during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We want to thank all healthcare workers and first responders for their service during the last year!

You can view our 21-gun salute at approximately 11:30 a.m. from Castle Island.

Other great places to view Old Ironsides as she cruises include Boston Harborwalk and the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Join us aboard the ship as we will open at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for public tours.

04/04/2021

The wreck of the USS JOHNSTON (DD-557), a Fletcher-class destroyer similar to USS CASSIN YOUNG (DD-793), was positively identified recently, more than 20,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. JOHNSTON was sunk on October 25, 1944 in the Battle off Samar, centermost action of the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf. CASSIN YOUNG was also present at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, but deployed to a different engagement.

JOHNSTON was constructed in Seattle, WA, commissioned on October 27, 1943, named for Civil War naval officer Lieutenant John V. Johnston. Like all Fletcher-class destroyers, JOHNSTON served in the Pacific Theater of World War II, earning six battle stars.

On October 25, 1944, JOHNSTON counter-attacked a much larger Japanese force steaming through the San Bernardino Straight, which threatened the American amphibious assault on Leyte Island. Massively outgunned, JOHNSTON attacked and damaged several larger Japanese heavy-cruisers and battleships. JOHNSTON’s actions helped stave off the Japanese attack, but shots from multiple warships were fatal and JOHNSTON sank. Only 141 men, less than half the 327-man crew, survived the battle and subsequent sinking.

JOHNSTON’s Captain, Commander Ernest Evans, was the first Native American naval officer to be awarded (posthumously) the Medal of Honor.

Image courtesy of US Naval Institute.

Image description: Color painting oriented to the stern of destroyer USS JOHNSTON under full steam, firing towards distant Japanese warships. Multiple shells impact the sea around her.

#nationalparksofboston #nps #findyourvirtualpark #encuentratuparque #WWII #ldestroyer #usscassinyoung #ussjohnston #usnavy

Photos from Haze Grey History's post
04/02/2021

Photos from Haze Grey History's post

03/26/2021

March 25th is recognized as Medal of Honor Day, designed to pay tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor itself was established in 1863 during the American Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.

Captain Cassin Young, namesake of USS CASSIN YOUNG (DD-793), was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions commanding repair ship USS VESTAL (AR-4) during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. In part, Captain Young’s citation reads:

“For distinguished conduct in action…during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor…Young proceeded to the bridge and later took personal command of the 3-inch anti-aircraft gun. When blown overboard…he swam back to his ship…despite severe enemy bombing…Young, with extreme coolness and calmness, moved his ship to an anchorage distant…and subsequently beached the U.S.S. Vestal…to save the ship.”

Captain Young would further be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after his death at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13th, 1942.

Image description: Black and white photograph of Captain Cassin Young. He is attired in a white naval uniform and cap, which displays an emblem of an eagle above two crossed anchors. His dark shoulder epaulets indicate the rank of Captain; four gold bars and one star on each epaulet.

#nationalparksofboston #findyourpark #encuentratuparque #USSCassinYoung #CapatinCassinYoung #MedalofHonor #MedalofHonorDay #CharlestownNavyYard #NavyCross

03/21/2021

Today is a national day of recognition for all women who supported the war effort on the World War II Home Front!

At the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston National Historical Park, we have been celebrating civilian women shipbuilders for many years.

On this new national holiday, we will offer on-site visitors our coloring book that honors these women. If you are at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center on Sunday, March 21st, feel free to grab a coloring book and enjoy!

#WomensHistoryMonth #RosietheRiveter #CharlestownNavyYard

Image Description: Image of a "Rosie the Riveter," a woman with a red and white spotted bandana, wearing a blue collared shirt, flexing her arm muscle and looking intently ahead. Behind her is a yellow colorized American flag with the text: "National Rosie the Riveter Day - March 21st: A national day of recognition for all women who supported the war effort on the WWII Home Front." Image is courtesy of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

Milton Grant Isenmann (U.S. National Park Service)
03/15/2021
Milton Grant Isenmann (U.S. National Park Service)

Milton Grant Isenmann (U.S. National Park Service)

Milton Grant Isenmann was born on March 15, 1925 in Machens, Missouri. His childhood took a sad turn in 1937, when his father, Theodore, abandoned the family during the Great Depression. Left on her own with four young children, Isenmann’s mother, Ruth, relocated the family to Denver, Colorado.

Photos from Boston National Historical Park's post
03/08/2021

Photos from Boston National Historical Park's post

WOW... Everyone loves playing on the 40mm... Even with the ship closed , he somehow got on board, how does he do it??
01/24/2021

WOW... Everyone loves playing on the 40mm... Even with the ship closed , he somehow got on board, how does he do it??

Another Cassin Young Compartment Video... This time the Scullery. https://youtu.be/6lSmVGaNvvI  NOTE: Were not allowed o...
12/22/2020
Cassin Young - Scullery (A-305-2AL)

Another Cassin Young Compartment Video... This time the Scullery. https://youtu.be/6lSmVGaNvvI

NOTE: Were not allowed on board at all right now because of COVID, until this new ban is lifted, we will continue with these older videos... when were back aboard there should be new better quality videos... Until then Stay safe and enjoy the Cassin Youngs Scullery.

Cassin Youngs Scullery Walk Thru.

With CY closed for the winter and tours limited because of COVID, here is a walk thru of Cassin Youngs Main Deck Laundry...
12/11/2020
Cassin Young- Laundry

With CY closed for the winter and tours limited because of COVID, here is a walk thru of Cassin Youngs Main Deck Laundry Compartment. https://youtu.be/WxiHzPfbGVs

Video Walk thru USS Cassin Young Laundry Compartment.

Boston National Historical Park
11/06/2020

Boston National Historical Park

“Fair Winds and Fallowing Seas” to Anthony Schmuki who passed away recently on Halloween.

Tony was part of the original crew of USS CASSIN YOUNG (DD793), commonly known as a plank owner. He served on CASSIN YOUNG though May of 1946, when the ship was taken out of active service. By looking at the ship’s muster rolls we can see Tony boarded as a seaman 2nd class, and he was promoted three times up to ship’s cook 2nd class.

Tony was wounded April 12, 1945 when a kamikaze struck the radar mast and exploded. Shrapnel rained down on the ship killing Robert D. Moore and wounding 59 sailors. Tony was given a favorable prognosis and remained aboard, but he was placed on a sick list while recovering. For these actions he earned a purple heart.

Service with the Navy was just one chapter in the 95-year life story of Tony Schmuki. Please see his obituary to learn more. The video tribute has wonderful photographs of his life and family.

https://www.horancares.com/obituary/Tony-Schmuki

From the USS CASSIN YOUNG Volunteers and the staff of the National Parks of Boston, we send our condolences to the entire Schmuki family. Rest in peace Ship’s Cook Anthony A. Schmuki.

Today is day 2 of the largest naval battle in history also known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf. (Oct 23 thru Oct 26 1944)....
10/24/2020

Today is day 2 of the largest naval battle in history also known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf. (Oct 23 thru Oct 26 1944). During this battle units of the 3rd and 7th fleets engage 67+ ships of the Imperial Japanese’s navy. American naval forces comprise 300+ ships including 166 destroyers; one of these destroyers is the USS Cassin Young. This morning 76 years ago steaming with TF38.3 the USS Princeton (CVL-23) is struck by a single 500lb bomb dropped by a Japanese Judy dive bomber. The Cassin Young along with USS Birmingham(CL-62), Reno (CL-96), Morrison (DD-560), Irwin (DD-794) and Gatling (DD-671) were detached to help the Princeton fight her fires, rescue her crew and stave off more Japanese air attacks. For the next 8 hours Cassin Young, shots down 1 enemy plane and drives of many Japanese attempts to hit the Princeton, she goes along side the Princeton to pass firefighting pumps, she’s 3000 yard from the Princeton when at 1524 Princeton aft magazines explodes, she also goes alongside Birmingham to pass blood plasma to help treat some of the 408 wounded Birmingham sailors wounded when the Princeton exploded. She also rescues from the water 122 Princeton survivors. And at 1752 she stands by as the Reno fires 2 torpedoes into the Princeton sinking her. By 2100 she rejoins TG38.3…ending for Cassin Young day 2 of the largest naval battle in history.

Good story about Vestal and captain young.
11/22/2019
Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial

Good story about Vestal and captain young.

Meet the USS Vestal: The Non-Combat Ship That Survived Pearl Harbor And Went On To Help Win World War II!

On Saturday, December 6, 1941, the repair ship USS Vestal eased alongside the USS Arizona at her berth at Pearl Harbor. Vestal moored herself outboard of the battleship, port side to port side. The Arizona had just returned from maneuvers and had scheduled some long overdue maintenance. She was due to move into dry dock the next week. The Vestal would begin the routine of rewinding the armatures of the battleship’s huge electric motors and other tasks that would shorten her stay in dry dock.

Read more: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/meet-uss-vestal-non-combat-ship-survived-pearl-harbor-and-went-win-world-war-ii-97191

Pacific Historic Parks’ mission is to support the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pacific historic locations involved in World War II through education and interpretive programs, research, preservation, and restoration. With your help we can perpetuate the memory of events and honor the people involved in these sites.
#php #pacifichistoricparks #PearlHarbor #PearlHarborMemorial #WWII #USSArizonaMemorial

07/04/2019

USS Constitution firing a 17 gun salute on her way home from her 4th of July turnaround cruise...

Today at 10:00am the NPS will be opening the ship for the 2019 season... Volunteers had been opening the ship weekends, ...
05/26/2019

Today at 10:00am the NPS will be opening the ship for the 2019 season... Volunteers had been opening the ship weekends, weather permitting for the NPS... Yesterday (May 25) Volunteers welcomed 2,120 visitors which brings the total visitor on board while the volunteers had ship open to 12,304.
NPS will now have ship open daily 10:00-4:30...

Big thanks from all the Volunteers and the NPS to the 80 members of OCS Class #1119 who spent the morning on the ship, c...
05/18/2019

Big thanks from all the Volunteers and the NPS to the 80 members of OCS Class #1119 who spent the morning on the ship, cleaning compartments, assisting in prepping After Berthing for painting and organizing a number of other compartments. Bravo Zulu to all, for their great work today. Our girl never looked cleaner. :)

Weather has been really bad in Boston this year.  The volunteers try to open ship on the better weekends... but the weat...
05/06/2019

Weather has been really bad in Boston this year. The volunteers try to open ship on the better weekends... but the weather has not been with us... we have only been able to open ship 9 times this year... BUT on those 9 days 7000 visitors walked the main deck... not great but not bad considering the weather... Hopefully this weekend will be better, if it is well be open... :)

The date for this years "World War II Cruise of Boston Harbor" has been announced... its June 9, 2019... For tickets and...
04/28/2019
World War II Cruise of Boston Harbor

The date for this years "World War II Cruise of Boston Harbor" has been announced... its June 9, 2019... For tickets and information on this great event go to... https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-war-ii-cruise-of-boston-harbor-tickets-60853197552?aff=ampmlt or https://www.facebook.com/events/839642026403209/

In commemoration of 77 years since the United States involvement in World War II, join the National Park Service rangers as we to step back in time and learn about the crucial roles Boston Harbor played throughout World War II. This two and a half hour cruise through Boston Harbor will highlight the...

And while we saw 1700+ visitors on the deck, other volunteers were below working on the forward berthing compartments, c...
04/08/2019

And while we saw 1700+ visitors on the deck, other volunteers were below working on the forward berthing compartments, chipping and getting ready to paint before putting in out new mattresses... HAZZA

Beautiful weekend on ship.  Sun and Temp’s just right.  Volunteers opened ship for public visitation both days from 11 t...
04/08/2019

Beautiful weekend on ship. Sun and Temp’s just right. Volunteers opened ship for public visitation both days from 11 to 3ish… We welcomed aboard 1,795 visits to our awesome ship. Good times had by all… 😊

Navy chaplain school and center - Newport, RI visited USS Cassin Young this morning.  Once volunteers showed the Chaplin...
04/03/2019

Navy chaplain school and center - Newport, RI visited USS Cassin Young this morning. Once volunteers showed the Chaplin’s the ship, they headed over to visit our neighbor USS Constitution.

Great day on ship today.  Volunteers opened ship for the NPS... little cool and windy but in 4 hours we had 907 visitors...
03/24/2019

Great day on ship today. Volunteers opened ship for the NPS... little cool and windy but in 4 hours we had 907 visitors... including theses two fellas. Tried to get them to volunteer but they didn’t seem interested...

On March 18 1943 in San Pedro, CA our awesome ship was first laid down...  76 years later she’s still floating...
03/18/2019

On March 18 1943 in San Pedro, CA our awesome ship was first laid down... 76 years later she’s still floating...

Had a great day in the navy yard celebrating Mario’s 90th birthday with a cake some presents and a sword from USS Consti...
03/16/2019

Had a great day in the navy yard celebrating Mario’s 90th birthday with a cake some presents and a sword from USS Constitution to cut the cake.

Boston National Historical Park
03/02/2019

Boston National Historical Park

Happy 90th Birthday Mario Libardoni!
Mario has been a volunteer with Boston NHP on the USS Cassin Young since 1991. But he was a “Tin Can Sailor” long before. Mario served in the US Navy 1949-1954 and was trained as a radar man. He served on Maddox DD731 and Jeffers DMS27 among other ships. He was discharged from the Navy as Radar Man 1st Class, and then served in the US Navy Reserves for an additional 35 years, becoming a Master Chief.
Mario shared his skill and knowledge with all. He taught every new Park Ranger how to tie a bowline knot, and those who showed skill he patiently taught to tie a monkey’s fist. He guided many visitors around the ship sharing stories and explaining how things work. Mario took the lead dressing the ship for countless occasions and was the “go to” volunteer for anything relating to signal flag protocol, fancy work or any project that required the use of a marlin spike.
He was the perfect liaison between the park and US Navy ships visiting Boston. He was the “keeper” of the USS Cassin Young Volunteer Memorial plaque for over 20 years, assuring we all honor and remember them.
We are not the only ones who think Mario is super! He was the 2004 recipient of the Historic Naval Ship Maintenance, Preservation and Exhibition Award. He received the Outstanding Federal Volunteer of the Year Award from the Federal Executive of Greater Boston. He has been recognized by the USS Cassin Young Association as Volunteer of the Year more than once.
Thank you for 70 years of service. Happy Birthday Mario.

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Got on U.S.S. Van Voorhis DE-1028 at Charlestown Sep 1961 as RM3 coming from NSS. Made 2nd fall of 62, got out Aug 1963.
I was in Ormond Beach Florida last week and visited the Cassin Young American Legion Post 267. Nice tribute to Captain Young.
My oldest son just came across this. My dad gave it to him when he passed and I don’t know what series it is. Thought you all may like this !
Happy 75th birthday USS Cassin Young! 🇺🇸
The UMass Boston Osher Lifelong Learning "Maritime Excursions" class sends our best aloha to Jim Hewitt for an amazing tour of the Cassin Young on October 5, 2019. He shared the nooks and crannies of the sailors' life onboard from the top to bottom decks. Volunteers like Jim are what make our National Parks great!🌈
my name is Robert Barr my brother James Barr and I along with John Freer all served aboard the Cassin Young in 1956 to 1958 ,the thre of us are planning a visit to the ship in the summer of 2019 .I have been back to see it about four times any information any one can give me would be greatly appreciated
Looking forward to my next visit in Sept. 60 years ago I came onboard in Newport. Shortly thereafter we were off to the Med for 6 months.
If you are a Boston Globe subscriber, then put your Globe Grant bucks to work for the Cassin Young! With enough nominations they will receive a free ad in an upcoming edition of the Sunday Globe. More info here:
To all Cassin Young Volunteers, Uncle Tommy Goodwin sends his best & sure misses you all and the ship.
My Dad was on the Cassin Young during the first Kamikaze attack and was injured. He was going to the bridge when the Kamikaze hit the ship and had been at the 40mm gun seconds before. The gunner was killed.