The USS Blandy DD 943 The Ship and Her History

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The History you are about to read has been compiled by our Historian William (Billy) McLean LTJG 1957-1960. He has been gathering information about the USS Blandy from her sailors since our first reunion. This is a never ending task and he is always interested in receiving more input on Blandy's impressive history. If you have information you'd like to submit you can send him an email with your input.

The U.S.S. Blandy(DD-943) was named in honor of Admiral William Henry Purnell Blandy, and built by Bethlehem Steel Co. in Quincy, MA. Admiral Blandy served as Chief of the Bureau of Ordinance from 1941 to 1943, and was the brilliant commander of Amphibious Group ONE during the Pacific island hopping campaign. After World War II, he served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet from 1947 to 1950.

Blandy's keel was laid on 29 December 1955. She was launched 19 December 1956 with Admiral Blandy's daughter, Mrs. James M. Lee, her sponsor. She was Commissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard 26 November 1957 with Commander William F. Cafferata, USN, her first Commanding Officer. The Executive Officer was LCDR Julien J. LeBourgeois, USN. Her complement was 240 men with 13 officers. Her Pre-Commissioning Detail reported in 1957, either to Captain Cafferata in Quincy, MA or to the Executive Officer at the Naval Base, Newport, R.I. It was in Newport where under the eye of Commander LeBourgeois the operating manuals were written and organizational preparations were made for the day when the ship was to be delivered and ship's company prepared for Blandy's Commissioning Ceremony.

As a member of the Forrest Sherman(DD-931) Class Destroyers, Blandy was 418.5 feet long and 45 feet at the beam. Maximum draft was 19.5 feet. She displaced 3960 tons (full load). She had four Foster Wheeler boilers and was driven by two turbine engines, each capable of generating 35,000 shaft horsepower for the ship's two propellers. At full power, her 1200 pound steam turbine propulsion plant propelled her in excess of 33 knots. Twin screws and twin rudders made her highly maneuverable and well suited for a multi-purpose role of anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare and naval gunfire support. Her aluminum superstructure provided for increased stability while reducing displacement. She was fitted with three 5" 54 caliber single, rapid fire guns, two Twin 3" 50 caliber rapid fire guns, two ahead thrown hedgehogs launchers, two torpedo launchers amidships and one depth charge racks aft. A Welcome Aboard Tour handout from the early days read,

All hands enjoy complete air-conditioned living, berthing and messing spaces.

After Commissioning, Blandy remained in the Boston Naval Shipyard. Most of this time, the Navy's newest ship was across the pier from the Navy's oldest ship, "Old Ironsides" the U.S.S. Constitution. In late January 1958, after trials at sea, Blandy proceeded to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, for Shakedown Training. Enroute, the ship experienced extremely heavy, high seas rounding Hatteras. The aluminum super-structure received damage that was soon repaired upon arrival in Cuba. On the final Operations Readiness Inspection(ORI), Blandy received the highest score ever recorded to date by a ship of the Forrest Sherman class. During training, the crew enjoyed visits to Kingston, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Blandy visited St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix as the official ship for the Governor's Inaugeration in 1958. A platoon from the ship marched in the Inaugural Parade, and the festivities were enjoyed by all.

With training in Guantanamo complete, Blandy headed for an independent shakedown cruise to Northern Europe, Morocco, and the Mediterranean Sea. Enroute, a stop was made in Bermuda. Ports of call in Europe, Scandinavia, and Northern Africa were: Rotterdam, Portsmouth, Goreborg, Copenhagen, Casablanca and finally Naples.

In Naples, Blandy picked up the World War II European Unknown Soldier. An around-the-clock watch as set as Blandy proceeded, with one stop in Gibraltar, to a rendezvous off the Virginia Capes with U.S.S. Boston. Boston had come from the Pacific through the Panama Canal and had aboard the World War II Pacific Unknown and the Korean War Soldiers. A highline transfer was made with Boston, where provisions were made to assure complete anonymity in the final selection of the World War II Unknown Soldier. The selection was held that day aboard U.S.S. Canberra. The 3 ships steamed together throughout the day. Following the selection service aboard Canberra by a World War II Medal of Honor recipient, a burial at sea was conducted for the other World War II Unknown Soldier. A highline transfer from Canberra of the World War II and Korean War Unknown Soldiers was made to the O-1 level of Blandy. The honor guard was re-set and Blandy proceeded to an anchorage in Cheasapeake Bay at the mouth of the Potomac River to make final preparations for the trip up the Potomac to Washington and a birth at the Naval Gun Factory.

The trip up the Potomac was memorable. In keeping with Navy Tradition, The crew manned the rail and the ship's bell was tolled as the ship passed Mount Vernon, with full honor guard for the Unknown Soldiers. The ship was also under cover of TV news helicopters. On arrival around noon at the Gun Factory, the Unknown Soldiers were transferred to the fantail and final preparations were made for the transfer ceremony the following morning televised on the NBC Today Show. From Blandy, the Unknown Soldiers were taken to Arlington Cemetery for entombment at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Nearby, a plaque can be seen acknowledging Blandy's role in bringing the Unknowns to Washington.

In June, the Washington Ceremonies were followed by Post-Shakedown Availabilty at the Boston Naval Shipyard. With repairs and modifications complete, the ship reported in late Summer to her first homeport in Newport, R.I. "Home" for the next years would be Pier One and Pier Two. In September, Blandy was assigned to Destroyer Squadron Twenty Four and became flag ship for ComDesRon Twenty Four. With the Commodore and Squadron Staff Aboard, Blandy joined Anti-Submarine Warfare Task Group Bravo along with the other ships in the squadron, DESRON 24: Berry, McCaffery, Norris, and Lloyd Thomas.

Commander Task Group Bravo was aboard U.S.S. Wasp, an ASW Carrier with AD4 and S2F aircraft and helicopters capable of dropping sonar bouys. Wasp operated out of Quonset pt. Navy Base across Narragansett Bay from Newport. On two week rotations, Task Group Bravo would relieve Task Group Alpha homeported out of Norfolk. The Blandy crew had trained hard for all phases of her role as a warship and was ready to join the older World War II vintage ships.

In 1959, CDR George Davis relieved Captain Cafferata. At Captain Davis's request, a bagpiper, complete with kilt, was assigned to Blandy. He played whenever the ship proudly went alongside for re-fueling and highline transfers to cruisers and carriers as well as for all ceremonial occasions. The piper became the leader of the band!

In late May 1959, while conducting ASW Exercises off the coast of Georgia, Blandy was ordered to proceed at flank speed to a position in the North Atlantic due to a "Berlin Crisis." At the conclusion of this assignment, Blandy visited Argentia, Newfounderland. The ship made a Midshipmen Cruise that Summer, and the crew had a great time visiting Quebec and New York City.

Under Captain Davis's leadership, Blandy was one of only two Atlantic Fleet destroyers to win the coveted Battle Efficiency "E", an award given only to those destroyers who have scored grades of excellent or above in all departmental exercises. The Arleigh Burke Leadership Program was inaugurated and Captain George Davis received the Arleigh Burke Leadership Award awarded to the top leader in the Atlantic Fleet. Soon after, Admiral Arleigh Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, awarded Blandy and U.S.S. Sommers the 1960 Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Award as the outstanding destroyers in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet.

In 1960, Blandy operated with Task Group Bravo with sister ships of Desron 24 until they were deployed in June to the Mediterranean with Midshipmen aboard. Ports of Call in the Mediterranean were: Barcelona, Palma, Majorca, Naples and Cannes. In August, Blandy continuing a tradition of leadership was additionally honored as the first recipient of a trophy awarded by the Navy League of Rhode Island to the ship in the Atlantic Fleet displaying the greatest proficiency in the art of anti-submarine warfare. She operated with Task Group Bravo again until return to the Boston yard for overhaul. Then, it was back to Guantanmo Bay for 8 weeks of extensive training. From there, Blandy reported for duty in Key West as the School Ship at the Fleet Sonar School. 6 weeks were spent at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. while parts of the engineering plant were renewed. Late in 1960, she was assigned to Task Group Alfa and participated in a feasibility study that proved Forrest Sherman Destroyers were capable of recovering an astronaut capsule for NASA.

In 1961, CDR Ed Kelly, USN relieved. Captain George Davis. During 1961, Blandy obtained Sonar contact on a suspected Soviet submarine and held the contact submerged for more than 71 hours. For this fete, the ship received an unofficial prize of a case of whiskey from Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

In 1962, Blandy participated in Operation Springboard out of San Juan for a month. On the way back to Newport, she was assigned to the Astronaut/Capsule Recovery Group. In April, she took part in Operation LANTPHIBEX off the coast of Puerto Rico. Operation QUICKKICK was next. During one of these deployments, Blandy was sent to respond to a Texas oil platform collapse. Some remember Captain Kelly flying a "Go To Hell" flag on "special" occasions. In October, Blandy was on one of the first ships to get underway for the Cuban Quarantine and gained the distinction of forcing a Russian submarine to surface. Again, Blandy was the recipient of the Navy League's Anti-Submarine Warfare trophy. After tender availability and some time home, she and her crew were off to the MED for 3 months.

In 1963, the Sonarmen picked up the wreckage of the U.S.S. Thresher, a nuclear submarine lost tragically off the coast of New England. This allowed the Woodshole Laboratory people to go down in a miniature submarine and make positive identification.

In the Fall of 1963, Blandy with four sister ships of Desron 24 and the Anti-Submarine Warfare Carrier Essex, participated in the Central Treaty Organization naval exercises, MIDLING VI, in the Indian Ocean. In addition to the valuable experience of operating with the navies of Pakistan, Iran and Great Britain, the crew had the opportunity to enjoy visiting Barcelona, Spain; Valetta, Malta; Aden, Aden Protectorate; Karachie, Pakistan; Massawa, Ethiopia; and Naples, Italy.

During 1963 and 1964, Blandy deployed to the Mediterranean where she operated with the U.S. SIXTH Fleet. During this period she transitted the Suez Canal and operated as a unit of the Middle East Forces in the Red Sea. She conducted anti-submarine exercises in the Winter and Spring of 1964 and participated in the Navy's annual SPRINGBOARD operation in the Caribbean. She visited the ports of Key West, San Juan and St. Thomas.

At the end of June 1964, Blandy was detached from DESRON 24 and left her homeport in Newport. Blandy was reassigned to DESRON 2 homeported in Norfolk. Immediately, the ship proceeded to Boston for a four month overhaul. Refresher training followed in the Caribbean. She arrived in Norfolk in mid-March 1965 after visits to Montego Bay, Jamaica, St. Thomas and San Juan. Immediately upon arrival in her new homeport, Commander Destroyer Squadron Two shifted his flag to Blandy. In May 1965, she participated in NASA's Gemini 4 operations, and afterwards visited Lisbon, Portugal and Bermuda before returning to Norfolk on 30 June 1965. Later the ship participated in the U.S. SECOND Fleet Blue-Gold operations. Commander I.N. Franklin, USN, relieved Commnander G.S. Grove, USN as Commanding Officer on 30 July, 1965. In early November 1965, Blandy started her periodic maintenance to ready herself for a coming Mediterranean deployment with the SIXTH Fleet. Blandy participated in Second Fleet Blue-Gold Operations and then departed Norfolk on 27 November 1965 for operations with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.

Blandy returned to Norfolk in March 1966 and an availability in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for extensive modifications and repairs to her boilers. In the Cruise Book from this period, the following men were memorialized: Phillip James Mastripolito, FN and Lee Edward Manning, BT2. The notation reads, "Killed in the line of duty." It is believed to have been from a boiler fire. Next, it was Refresher Training in October and November in the Carribbean. Returning to Norfolk in early December, preparations began for another assignment with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in early 1967.

In 1967, CDR Joel H. Berry took Command. From January to May 1967, Blandy was once again deployed to the Mediterranean. There she proved valuable in extensive international exercises, SPANEX 1-67 AND FAIRGAME V, as a unit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Forces. During the exercises, she served with ships of the French, Italian, Spanish and British Navies. She then participated in ASW and gunnery training with Canadian Naval Forces.

In 1968, in preparation for deployment off Vietnam, Blandy underwent intensive training in the annual SPRINGBOARD exercise in the Caribbean during January and February. On 26 March, Blandy, as a unit of Destroyer Division TWENTY-ONE, began her seven month voyage to the Western Pacific where she was attached to the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet. Upon arrival off Vietnam, Blandy was the only five-inch fifty-four gunship in the division. She immediately assumed "Gunline" duties with Captain Frank C. Dunham, Jr. embarked and serving as Gunline Commander. Her first post was gunfire support for the Third Marine Division operating at the Demilitarized Zone. Blandy spent sixty of her eighty-two days on the line. Sandwiched between four different tours on the gunline, she spent ninety straight days on Sea Dragon operations ranging off the cost of North Vietnam as far north as the 19th parallel. By the time Blandy left her final duty station of plane-guard in the Gulf of Tonkin, she had earned a nomination for Meritorious Unit Commendation and had given her proud crew an enviable record of achievements to bring home.

Blandy fired 27,428 rounds at the enemy breaking all records for a destroyer. Her crew's accurate firepower accounted for 148 Vietcong killed and 22 wounded. Sixty-six times Blandy rapid fire mounts answered the call for aid from Marine gunfire spotters ashore by silencing the North Vietnam gun positions destroying or heavily damaging enemy bunkers and 57 logistics structures.

On Sea Dragon operations, she sank 22 waterborne logistics craft and crippled 25 others, collapsed three North Vietnamese bridges and damaged eleven more. In her six months tour, her final tally included. wiping out 3 enemy trucks, a ferry crossing damaged, three rocket sites silenced, three observations towers damaged, and one sniper silenced. She fired upon 622 observed targets, 1820 harassment and interdiction targets, and 145 coastal defense sights. She was fired upon on five different occasions by coastal defense sights. Often straddled and bracketed by incoming rounds, she proved too elusive for the Vietcong guns and returned completely unscathed.

In the cruise manual for this tour of duty, the heroism of two crew members is recorded in the following citation:

The forward engine room began flooding fast due to a defective valve. BT2 Sterling and BT3 Peterson dived through the oil-covered water, swam to the valve, secured it and curtailed the flooding. For their quick thinking, devotion to duty and heroic action, both men were awarded the Bronze Star.

In July 1968, Blandy received the Squadron Battle Efficiency "E" and the Operations Departmental "E". In August, she won the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy awarded annually to the ship with the Atlantic Fleet that achieves the greatest improvement in battle efficiency during the year.

Blandy arrived back in Norfolk, Virginia on S November 1968 after having steamed 60,000 miles and making calls at some of the world's most exotic ports. While on stopovers between gunline tours she visited, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Sasebo, Japan; and Hong Kong. Enroute to and from Southeast Asia, she visited: Subic Bay, Philippines; Guam; Pearl Harbor; Midway Island; San Diego; and Rodman, Canal Zone.

In January 1969, Admiral T. H. Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations, awarded Blandy the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION and her crew were authorized to wear the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon for their service in Vienam. In the Citiation, Admiral Moorer stated:

By her demonstrated ability to function smoothly and effectively under makimum stress, combined with her outstanding combat achievements, BLANDY upheld the hightest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Blandy was decommissioned on 15 January 1969 to undergo an anti-submarine warfare modernization. Her modernization included a formadable ASW weapons system built around the hull mounted SQS23 Sonar and the Anti-Submarine Rocket(ASROC). Blandy was recommissioned and deployed on 17 September 1970 for two months refresher training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She again proved herself to be a well trained fighting ship.

On I January 1971, with LCDR George E. Sullivan, III the Captain, Blandy joined Destroyer Squadron Twenty Six. Nicknamed the 'Mod Squad," DESRON 26 was formed at the direction of Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations. The design was to challenge young officers with positions of increased responsibility. The concept proved highly successful and was incorporated into other squadrons. 6 July 1971 found Blandy underway with the "Mod Squad" for extended operation in the Mediterranean. For the next six months, she participated in major SIXTH FLEET exercises as well as operating with ships of our NATO Allies. Many ports were visited during this period, and the ship arrived in Norfolk in time for all hands to spend Christmas with their families. In Sept 1971, Blandy received the Gunnery "E" from COMDESRON 26 in recognition of her outstanding achievements during the 1971 competitive year.

In January 1972 and after the holiday season, Blandy once more set sail for Operation SPRINGBOARD in the Caribbean. In April, she returned for operations in the vicinity of Cuba. During this period, she conducted numerous readiness exercises and was able to fulfill the operational requirements of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. During the Summer of 1972, Blandy provided indoctrination and training to Naval Academy Midshipmen. She operated daily during July and August out of Newport, R.I. with the Midshipmen. In addition, she provided prospective recruits with a first hand lookat life aboard a destroyer.

In September 1972, Blandy provided assistance to the U.S.S. Forrestal as she prepared for her deployment to the Mediterranean. Unbeknown to Blandy, at the beginning of the period, she too would be deployed to the Western Pacific and the SEVENTH Fleet for the second time.

On 17 October 1972, Blandy deployed to the waters off Vietnam. Her outstanding record in competition during the year did not go unnoticed and on 6 October, Commander Destroyer Squadron 26 presented the ship with three Battle Efficiency "E"s. These recognized the consistent excellence of the Engineering, Operations and Weapons Departments. At Change of Command ceremonies on 21 November 1972 at Subic Bay, R.P., LCDR William G. Martin took command from Captain Sullivan. The ceremony was pushed up a day and ComDesRon 35 emparked as Gunline Commander and by 1730 Blandy was underway for the gunline. While again on the gunline off the coast of Vietnam, Blandy continued to distinguished herself by always being ready when and where needed. She answered hostile fire from the coast of North Vietnam on several occasions and received the Combat Action Ribbon. Of interest to any Bland history buff would be the Command History for 1972. This rather complete history both details and summarizes a very interesting year in the life and service of Blandy demonstrating her ability honed over the years in training to perform when she was needed to serve on the battle line.

Of further interest is Captain William Martin's Command History description of 1973's beginning,

New Years Day 1973 found Blandy on the gunline off Vietnam in what was to be the twilight days of the U.S.naval involvement there. The first 18 hours passed peacefully as; resting when possible and finding time to enjoy the holiday meal. Tranquility ceased abruptly at 1800 as Blandy with the Gunline Commander embarked, commenced an attack aimed at enemy gun emplacements in the vicinity of Cap Lai. At 1802 hours, Blandy began receiving hostile fire. The rounds fell closest off the port bow at a range of 150 yards. BLANDY commenced firing counter-battery and after 32 rounds the hostile fire ceased No material or personnel casualties were sustained and Blandy subsequently was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon.

Blandy returned to Norfolk from the Western Pacific in April 1973 and underwent a series of successful inspections to insure her level of readiness and training was satisfactory. In July, she received the Squadron Battle Efficiency "E" as well as departmental "E"s for the Engineering and Gunnery Departments.

On 15 November 1974, Blandy was again off to duty in the Mediterranean. Highlights of this tour included a visit by Commander SIXTH Fleet; NATO Exercise with Italian forces, and a visit to Palma, Spain. She returned to the United States on 15 May 1975 to Norfolk where she conducted local operations and awaited a much needed major yard period scheduled for 15 October 1975.

In 1976, CDR Francis J. Boyle, USN was relieved by Commander Michael E. Fitzgerald, USN, on 27 June 1976. Captain Fitzgerald served until 1978. While in at Bethlehem Steel's shipyard in East Boston for overhaul, on April 25, a fire believed to have started in a medical storeroom raged for about 2 and 1/2 hours. The fire was combatted by Blandy's Inport Fire Party with support from the crew and the Boston Fire Department. The damage in excess of $500,000 was restricted to the area between the Electrician Shop and Repair Locker 3 and to smoke and water damage to adjacent compartments. During the overhaul, the following modifications were made: new Mounts 51 and 52, a rebuilt MK 47 MOD 4 Gunfire Control System, an AN/SQS-3S IVDS Sonar, and the ships screws were replaced. Inspite of the fire, Blandy completed her overhaul in time to have a ringside seat as the procession of "Tall Ships" paraded in New York Harbor in commemoration of the United States 200th Birthday.

In 1977, Blandy was deployed to the MED with the Sixth Fleet. There she relieved USS Hawkins(DD-873) and commenced operations as a member of Task Group SIXTY POINT TWO.

1978 found Blandy deployed in the MED with the Sixth Fleet. Captain Fitzgerald was relieved on 29 July 1978 by CDR Thomas T. Batzel, USN, as Captain. She participated with over a dozen U.S. and Nato ships in mock warfare exercises. Blandy arrived back in Norfolk on 25 April having completed a 7 month tour that "exercised every mission area that the ship and men aboard could be asked to perform." In July, it was Midshipmen Cruises. On 6 December 1978 Blandy was underway for another extended deployment. This time it was to the Middle East. "After a hectic transit across the Atlantic and through the Meditarranean, Blandy and Talbot arrived at Djibouti to relieve their counterparts several days ahead of schedule." On the 261h of December, it was on to the Persian Gulf where the "situation was becoming tense in Iran and the possibility of evacuating U.S. citizens was becoming more significant." As 1978 drew to a close, Blandy was in the Persian Gulf, "in the vicinity of the Straits of Hormuz, headed North and prepared to offer her services as required."

In 1979, Blandy was deployed in the Persian Gulf and did surveillance operations. When the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, was overrun and the Khomeni dictatorship was established, Blandy stood by to help with the evacuation should she be needed. Fortunately, she was not needed! On the 27 of April, she was starting the first leg of a long journey home. She made the Suez Canal transit again and arrrived home in Norfolk on 30 May. In August, Blandy headed to surveillance and shadowing operations for the Soviet Carribbean 1-79 Exercise being conducted by the USSR. As the year ended, Blandy was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal and her third consecutive "Green C" award for Communications Excellence.

In January 1980, a major, yearlong overhaul began at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

In 1981, the ship was still in the yard in Norfolk. This ended on 31 March and the crew returned to training. In August, Blandy was drydocked at Norfolk for sonar dome repairs. In December, she headed for the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal. When the Soviet union invaded Afghanistan, the U.S. intensified its presence in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf with Blandy and numerous ships.

In November 1982, the Navy, in a terse statement announced retirement of the Forrest Sherman Class ships noting,

The destroyers had been obsolescent almost from commissioning, because they had the misfortune to join the fleet just as the guided missile revolution was beginning. The era of the gun destroyer was coming to a close despite the many worthy accomplishments.

The average age of these ships is 24 years and the cost of modernizing them is far greater than the benefits that could be derived from their continued service.

In the same announcement, the Forrest Sheman DD931 Class was compared to the World War II, mass-produced "tin cans". The comparison read,

(They were) big, seemingly too big to be called destroyers. There were relatively few of them, only 18 altogether, compared with scores in the wartime classes...These big ships were also fast...powered by the earliest of the 1200 pound steam plants in the U.S. Fleet. And they were adaptable, as evidenced by the variety of modification instituted over the course of their careers.

As the lone class of all-gun destroyers commissioned between the end of World War II and the end of the Vietnam War, the DD-931's were an important stepping-stone in the transition to the cruiser-size, gas turbine- powered Spruance class of today.

Above all, the Forrest Sherman Class ships were versatile and dependable and thus called upon. for a wide range of operational duties in the course of active service lives of approximately a quarter century each. Many of today's destroymen got their first tastes of sea duty in these fine warships.

These ships leave behind a legacy of service and a warm spot in the memory of many a destroyer sailor.

With this as a final tribute to'a fine class of destroyers, all that is known of U.S.S. Blandy(DD-943) is that she was de-commissioned a second time in 1982 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and put in moth balls there. A Decommissioning Progress Report, from Blandy, dated 29 October 1982, reads,


The final report on Blandy from IACTSHIPDET PHILADELPHIA PA, dated 10 November 1982 states,


Though somewhat sad to read the words, "Ex-Blandy(DD-943), those of us who served aboard can now know of her legacy of service. When we gather to tell our stories, perhaps, some of us will continue to revise her history and gain insights from our experiences when we were Blandy Sailors!

William (Billy) McLean
Bruce Cogswell