The Launch of the USS McCaffery DD860

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Patricia McCaffery
12 April 1945

at ship launching,
San Pedro, California

christen reunion

Patricia McCaffery Lieber
18 September 2014

attendee at 2014
Ship Association Reunion,
Mystic, Connecticut

The USS McCAFFERY (DD/DDE-860) was a Gearing-class destroyer, named for Lieutenant Colonel Joseph P. McCaffery, USMC, killed in action at Bougainville on 1 November 1943, and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Nicknamed "Big Mac", McCaffery was laid down by Bethlehem Steel Corporation at San Pedro in California on 1 October 1944, launched on 12 April 1945 by Miss Patricia McCaffery, niece of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph P. McCaffery, and commissioned on 26 July 1945.

McCaffery operated with the Seventh Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War, alternated operations along the east coast and in the Caribbean with the Second Fleet, with deployments to the Mediterrean with the Sixth Fleet, underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) overhaul at the New York Naval Shipyard in 1961, participated in quarantine operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, acted as a communications relay ship for the Mercury space shot in May 1963, participated in the recovery efforts of Gemini IX and Gemini XII missions, and participated in Sea Dragon and Market Time operations, patrolled on search and rescue duties and carried out Naval Gunfire Support missions during the Vietnam War.

McCaffery was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 September 1973, and sold for scrap on 11 June 1974.

SOURCE: This article incorporates text from the public domain:

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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