DD 792 (Fletcher class)
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
We are seeking information on the USS Callaghan and her crews. Files and photos
may be E-mailed to us and we will
incorporate them into this page. When enough information has been assembled
we will then build the ship her own section.
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.
Subject: USS Callaghan DD-792
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003
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.
Letters from Samuel Theodore Elrod TM1/C
Submitted by: Rich Cunningham