Most decorated US ships of World War II

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This list catalogs the most honored US ships of the Second World War. It is placed in descending order of earned Battle Stars; descending precedence of unit recognitions; descending ship size by type; and ascending hull number. It contains only vessels that earned fifteen or more Battle Stars for World War II service. Honors awarded that are not listed may include:

Unit WWII Service Awards
USS Enterprise (CV-6) in Puget Sound, September 1945.jpg

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 20 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [1]

USS San Diego underway in 1944

USS San Diego (CL-53)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 18 Battle Stars [2]
Entering San Francisco Bay in December 1942.

USS San Francisco (CA-38)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation [3]

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation [4]

USS New Orleans (CA-32).jpg

USS New Orleans (CA-32)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars [5]
USS Minneapolis

USS Minneapolis (CA-36)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars [6]
Uss Maury DD-401.jpg

USS Maury (DD-401)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation [7]

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation [8]

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation [9]

USS Portland (CA-33) at Pearl Harbor 1942.jpg

USS Portland (CA-33)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [10]

IUSS Russell (DD-414)

USS Russell (DD-414)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [11]
USS Saufley (DD-465)

USS Saufley (DD-465)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [12]
USS Taylor (DD-468), 1944.

USS Taylor (DD-468)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [13]

USS Thresher (SS-200).jpg

USS Thresher (SS-200)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [14]

USS North Carolina (BB-55) off the coast of New York City

USS North Carolina (BB-55)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [15]
USS Morris (DD-417)

USS Morris (DD-417)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [16]
USS Fletcher (DDE-445) underway, c. the 1960s.

USS Fletcher (DD-445)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [17]
USS Narwhal (SS-167), underway in 1931.

USS Narwhal (SS-167)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yarnall, Paul. "USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6)". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Wiper, Steve (2000). New Orleans Class Cruisers: Warship Pictorial #7. Tucson, Az: Classic Warships Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0-9654829-6-0. 
  4. ^ "USS O'Bannon DD-540". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Brown, Herbert C. (2001). Hell at Tassafaronga. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-9700721-4-7. 
  6. ^ Wiper, Steve (2000). New Orleans Class Cruisers: Warship Pictorial #7. Tucson, Az: Classic Warships Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0-9654829-6-0. 
  7. ^ "USS Maury DD-401". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "USS Nicholas DD-449". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "USS Buchanan DD-484". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Stables, Joe. "The Portland's History". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "USS Russell DD-414". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fletcher class". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "USS Taylor DD-468". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "USS Thresher SS200 History". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "History". North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "USS Morris DD-417". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "USS Fletcher DD-445". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "USS Narwhal SS-167 Kill Record". Retrieved 4 May 2012.