USS Richard P. Leary
DD 664 (Fletcher class)

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Builder:         Boston Navy Yard 
Laid Down:  	 July 4, 1943
Launched:        October 6, 1943
Commissioned:  	 February 23, 1944
Decommissioned:  December 10, 1946
Fate:            To Japan 03/10/59, renamed Yugure
                 Stricken 1974; scrap

We are seeking information on the USS Richard P. Leary and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.

The E-mail:


From: Angela Norton

My dad (USNR Lt. Eugene Francis Harrington) served in the Pacific on the Leary as one of its Gunnery Officers during WWII, from the shakedown cruise Spring 1944, thru action at Suriago Strait, Lingayen Gulf, Okinawa, Aleutians, back to Derstroyer Base San Diego for inactivation 1945. He & my mom made lifelong friends among the ship’s officers: Johnny Newland, Tacoma; Tom Hall, Lake Charles, LA. Also among the officers were Bill Seidman, Grand Rapids (in civilian life went on to serve US govt in various economic advisory capacities), Lt. N.V. Karp, Dr. Q.N. Harer, Lt. I. Levy, & Lt. R.E. Gardner. I have some pics.

Dear Mark

Here is a photo of Charles James Taylor and Thomas G. Wren. Both served on the USS Richard P. Leary (DD 664) from 1943 to 1945.

Charles Crossed the Bar on June 6th 2002, and Tom crossed on February 2nd 2005. Thanks for entering them in their proper place.

Sincerely yours,

Lacy Taylor (Charles Brother)

© Courtesy of Charles Taylor's Brother, Lacy
Charles J. Taylor (left) and Thomas G. Wren


Special Awards to Personnel in Recognition of
Their Deeds While Serving Aboard This Vessel
( Contributed by: Richard Warfield )

Navy Cross:

  • Commander F. S. Habecker - Battle of Surigao Strait.

Silver Star:

  • Commander D. P. Dixon, Jr. USN - Lingayen Gulf.
  • O'Rourke, J. E., S1c, USNR - Lingayen Gulf.

Bronze Star:

  • Commander F.S. Habecker, USN - Saipan - Tinian.
  • Lt. Comdr. V.J. Soballe, USN - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Lt. (jg) H. V. Karp, USNR - Lingayen Gulf.
  • Lt. (jg) G. A. Harer, (MC), USNR - Leyte Gulf.
  • Lt. (jg) L. W. Seidman, USNR - Outstanding performance during three major amphibious operations.
  • Jilcott, J. H., Jr. CQM(AA)(T), USN - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Meador, M. A., CM2c, USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Gaydos, M. M., Cox., USNR - Lingayen Gulf.
  • Brady, E. A., S1c, USNR - Lingayen Gulf.

Letter of Commendation with Ribbon:

  • Lt. (jg) E. F. Harrington, USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Lt. (jg) H. V. Karp, USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Lt. (jg) C. J. Newlands, USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait
  • Cravens, F. W. CFC(AA)(T), USN - Okinawa.
  • Ziomek, L. F., TM1c, USN - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Cato, J. E., FC1c(T), USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Eubanks, C. R., (FC3c(T), USNR - Battle of Surigao Strait.
  • Polidori, A. J., SoM3c, USNR - Okinawa.
  • Sabbia, N. F., RdM3c(T), USNR - Okinawa.

Purple Heart:

  • Harmer, A. J. BM2c, USN - Lingayen Gulf

Many Thanks to NavSource

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