USS Callaghan
DD 792 (Fletcher class)


Contributed by: Kevin F. Callaghan


Builder:         Bethlehem Steel, S.P., CA.
Laid Down:  	 February 21, 1943
Launched:        August 1, 1943
Commissioned:  	 November 27, 1943
Fate:            Sunk by Japanese Aircraft 
                 off Okinawa 7/28/45

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The E-mail:

4/20/06:

Capt Bethholf was the skipper of the DD 792 in July 1945.

Captain Bertholf served 35 years in the Navy before he retired in 1965. During World War ll, He was commanding the USS Callaghan DD 792 when she was hit and sunk off of Okinawa By a Japanese Kamikaze. He was awarded the Navy Cross,The Navy's highest award after the Medal Of Honor, for his actions during this engagement.

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Subject: USS Callaghan DD-792
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003
From: BIll Benton

I was aboard the USS Callaghan DD792 when we were hit and sunk July 29th 1945. I just read the Letters Of Samual Elroy. I know exactly how Sam died as his best friend was with him. I wrote a letter to Cdm Don Davis His Great Nephew. He wrote me when I had an article in the Tin Can Sailor.

William Benton


Letters from Samuel Theodore Elrod TM1/C
Submitted by: Rich Cunningham



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