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 accorded 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 World War II Service Awards
USS Enterprise (CV-6) in Puget Sound, September 1945.jpg

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg 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][3] though the Naval Historical center only lists 15 battle stars.[4]
Entering San Francisco Bay in December 1942.

USS San Francisco (CA-38)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation [5]

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation [6]

USS New Orleans (CA-32) underway in Puget Sound on 30 July 1943 (NH 94847).jpg

USS New Orleans (CA-32)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars,[7] though the Naval Historical center lists 16 battle stars.[8]
USS Minneapolis

USS Minneapolis (CA-36)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars[9]
Uss Maury DD-401.jpg

USS Maury (DD-401)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation [10]

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation [11]

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

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

United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation [12]

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 [13]

IUSS Russell (DD-414)

USS Russell (DD-414)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [14]
USS Saufley (DD-465)

USS Saufley (DD-465)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [15]
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 [16]

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 [17]

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 [18]
USS Morris (DD-417)

USS Morris (DD-417)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [19]
USS Fletcher (DDE-445) underway, c. the 1960s.

USS Fletcher (DD-445)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [20]
USS Narwhal (SS-167), underway in 1931.

USS Narwhal (SS-167)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yarnall, Paul. "USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6)". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "San Diego LPD-22". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. The eighteen (18) gold stars pay tribute to the battle stars awarded to light cruiser San Diego (CL-53) for her service during World War II 
  3. ^ "USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial". Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "San Diego II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. 
  5. ^ Wiper, Steve (2000). New Orleans Class Cruisers: Warship Pictorial #7. Tucson, Az: Classic Warships Publishing. p. 58. ISBN 0-9654829-6-0. 
  6. ^ "USS O'Bannon DD-540". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Brown, Herbert C. (2001). Hell at Tassafaronga. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing. p. 191. ISBN 0-9700721-4-7. 
  8. ^ "New Orleans II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. 
  9. ^ "Minneapolis II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. 
  10. ^ "USS Maury DD-401". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "USS Nicholas DD-449". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "USS Buchanan DD-484". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Stables, Joe. "The Portland's History". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "USS Russell DD-414". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Fletcher class". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "USS Taylor DD-468". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "USS Thresher SS200 History". Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "History". North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "USS Morris DD-417". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "USS Fletcher DD-445". Destroyer History Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "USS Narwhal SS-167 Kill Record". Retrieved 4 May 2012.