Destroyer Somers, DD-381

Destroyer Somers, DD-381

Just after my parents moved out to a bungalow by the river, the destroyer Somers, DD-381, anchored in the Delaware Bay near my grandparent’s farm, and then headed upriver to Philadelphia the next day. During the course of the war that ship would distinguish herself in action and earn two battle stars. During the previous few months, as German U-boat assaults were taking place along the New Jersey and Delaware shores, tensions ran so high that crews were sent out almost immediately upon sign-up. They often didn’t even have proper uniforms (USCG Auxiliary). Apparently even after regulations were drafted, the uniforms were catch-as-catch can. Commander “Pete” Bauer’s wife made proper uniforms for his crew. Everyone rose to the occasion according to their various abilities.


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