Apr 17

Saturday Ship Cover: USS Helm (DD-388)

Saturday, April 17, 2010 5:27 AM

USS Helm (DD-388) was commissioned 16 October 1937 and earned 11 battle stars for World War II service.

 
 
 
  • Richard Morain

    Really great to see this piece of history posted. Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.history.navy.mil NHHC

    Thank you for this comment as well! We intend to post covers every saturday.

  • Capt Lawrence B. Brennan, USN Ret.

    A great tradition of showing covers from historic ships. These little momentos are all that remain of some ships. They mean a lot to the crewmembers and their families. On occassion the dates coincide with important historical events.

    It is difficult after nearly 70 years to think of a ship with so many battle stars but there were ships, squadrons, and Sailors who spent nearly every day in the war zone, particularly in the Pacific.

    One Pearl Harbor survivor was sunk on board Oklahoma as an Ensign and ended the war as one of four reservists who commanded a DD in combat. Other than going home for PCO school and to get married, he spent every day of the war in the Pacific.

 
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