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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Operating as usual

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.

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

Photos from Haze Grey History'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.
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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.

Even though it was cold and snow was predicted for the next day, diehard(crazy) volunteers opened the ship for a few hou...
02/18/2019

Even though it was cold and snow was predicted for the next day, diehard(crazy) volunteers opened the ship for a few hours for the start of school vacation week and Presidents’ Day. Cold or not 330 visitors got a chance to come aboard and she her... 👍

75 years ago today, USS Cassin Young DD-793 was Commissioned into the United States Navy.  In a little over 3 months she...
12/31/2018

75 years ago today, USS Cassin Young DD-793 was Commissioned into the United States Navy. In a little over 3 months she would be on her way to the Pacific war. 537 days later she would be heading home with 7 Battle Stars, 20+ enemy planes shot down and sadly losing 23 of her crew in 2 separate Kamikaze hits. But she does return, In 1946 she would retire to rest for a few years until needed again. That time was 1951, recommissioned into the US Navy she serves again until 1960 when she is retired for the second time after serving in Korea. multiple times in the Mediterranean and up and down the Atlantic coast. Today 75 years after her commissioning she is still serving the country, this time as a museum to the men and women who built and fought for our freedoms. Happy Birthday DD-793 and may you have many more...

10/22/2018

The unveiling of the LEGO USS Cassin Young.

We have been immortalized in LEGO’s
10/22/2018

We have been immortalized in LEGO’s

USS CASSIN YOUNG DD-793 will be 75 years old December 31 2018... We will be celebrating her 75th on Saturday October 20,...
10/16/2018

USS CASSIN YOUNG DD-793 will be 75 years old December 31 2018... We will be celebrating her 75th on Saturday October 20, 2018... Details Below:

Join the National Park Service, USS Constitution Museum, and USS CONSTITUTION in celebrating three birthdays: the U.S. Navy (243rd), “Old Ironsides” (221st), and USS CASSIN YOUNG (75th) on Pier 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Participate in hands-on activities for all ages, enjoy birthday cake, and more! In case of rain the birthday ceremony for CASSIN YOUNG will be in the Navy Yard Visitor Center and all hands-on activities will take place in the USS Constitution Museum:

There will be a brief ceremony at 1 pm with a big announcement from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston!

Aboard USS CASSIN YOUNG ( Main deck open 10 am to 4:30 pm)

Guided Tour of CASSIN YOUNG:
11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm (45 minute tours).

Fantail Talks on CASSIN YOUNG:
11:00 am– Bringing a Ship to Life: The Navy Tradition of Commissioning a Ship
12:00 & 2:00 pm– History of USS CASSIN YOUNG

Hands on History:

Knot tying challenge – Visitors can try their hand at tying four basic knots that sailors and riggers use in the course of a day

Tattoos & Stamps – Special commemorative temporary tattoos will be available to wear and for those who collect cancellation stamps a special commemorative stamp has been created to add to their passport stamp book.

Rope Making – Discover the techniques to make quality rope and walk away with your own sample.

Rigging – Blocks and tackle make the task of lifting heavy objects easier. Try your hand at lofting a 20 lb weight with pulleys and see which one make lifting easy

Monkey’s Fist – A weighted line called a Monkey’s Fist, attached to the mooring line is thrown ashore to tie up ships. Test your accuracy by throwing a Monkey’s Fist at a target. Challenge your friends to see who is the most accurate

Speaking Tube – Whisper a message at one end of an elaborate tube and your friend will hear it yards away as if you were talking in their ear.

Rosie Selfie Station – Take a selfie in front of the famous Rosie the Riveter background and post it on your favorite social media app. #navybirthday, #usscassinyoung

LEGOland – Build your own creation activities using LEGO

Radio Operators

Radio operators will be on the air all day; there will be Morse code from Emergency Radio (on main deck)

Ceremony & Birthday Cake – 1:00 pm

In the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center (Open 10 am - 5 pm)

Film Screening (3 – 5 pm)

"Mister Roberts" – In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the “backwater” areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.

USS Constitution Museum Activities:

Build to win – families build boats, competition, prizes are awarded

Scavenger Hunt – working with Watson Adventure on ‘Trouble Afloat – A Family Scavenger Hunt’; downloadable APP which will take about an hour to complete; will start advertising soon; prizes will be awarded; hunt starts in Museum upstairs in the All Hands on Deck exhibit and then continues on USSC

Coloring sheets – USSC and a special sheet has been added based on the USCY anniversary logo

USS THOMAS HUDNER – The public will be encouraged to write letters to the crew in anticipation of the 1 Dec 2018 commissioning.

USS CONSTITUTION
10 am-5 pm- open for tours
Ongoing- Gun and Pike Drills

Fellow volunteers from Salem Maritime/Saugus Iron Works came for a visit today,  like all NPS volunteer they were great ...
08/25/2018

Fellow volunteers from Salem Maritime/Saugus Iron Works came for a visit today, like all NPS volunteer they were great people and a good time was had by all...

Its Chief Select week in the navy yard.  CY welcomed the chiefs selects on board today. In three groups the chiefs got a...
08/23/2018

Its Chief Select week in the navy yard. CY welcomed the chiefs selects on board today. In three groups the chiefs got a brief history and a tour of the ship...

Cassin Young welcomed 141 students from the Senior Enlisted Academy this morning... at one point there were about 20 chi...
08/04/2018

Cassin Young welcomed 141 students from the Senior Enlisted Academy this morning... at one point there were about 20 chiefs in the chiefs mess.

Heaving Line Demonstrations... Volunteers teach visitors what a heaving line is and how to throw one... a lot of fun had...
07/15/2018

Heaving Line Demonstrations... Volunteers teach visitors what a heaving line is and how to throw one... a lot of fun had by all...

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Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston National Historical Park)
Boston, MA
02129

MBTA Water Shuttle Route F4

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(617) 242-5653

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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.