A Brief War History of the USS Dyson (DD572) was written.

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ruff#onthisday in 1945, A Brief War History of the USS Dyson (DD572) was written. Schuylerville-native, US Navy Commander Lawrence Ruff was in command of the boat from September 1944 to October 1945.

history.jpgReturning to a nation which is testing the sweetness of a newly-won peace, the USS Dyson (DD572) and the men who fought on her feel proud of the record which they bring home with them. As a member of the “Little Beaver Squadron”, she has participated in the following campaigns: New Georgia, New Guinea, Treasury-Bougainville, Bismarch Archipelago, Marianas, Philippines, and Okinawa. The veteran sailors who have served on board this destroyer since she left the States in May, 1943, have earned nine battle stars in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre as well as the Presdential Unit Citation.”

Lawrence E. Ruff was a career Naval officer that served as navigator of the battleship USS Nevada during the Japanese attack on…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 15, 2021, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed reading Ruff’s history, GP! Thank you!

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  2. I had to smile at this: ” When the Japanese surprised attacked, Ruff was assigned “acting navigator” (he was not qualified).” He may not have been formally qualified, but as so often happens, he rose to the occasion. I love finding examples of people who may even have surprised themselves when they were able to do what a situation required.

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  3. Hier ging opzoekwerk aan vooraf. Moedige man die op het juiste moment op de correcte plek was. en zonder twijfelen dadelijk gehandeld.

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  4. Well… historically written

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  5. Heroes must be remembered. Thank you for sharing this important piece of history, GP.

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  6. When I see a picture of someone in a Navy uniform from the time I was in the Navy, since I’m familiar with the uniform, I feel like I can read the person’s personality. It is more difficult with an unfamiliar uniform like his, but he looks like a he’d be a good captain. Probably my best captain when I was in the Navy was probably the least personable, but that’s OK, in combat, he’s going to be the one that keeps the crew alive.

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  7. A magnificent performance! A good man in the right place at the right time can make a huge difference. He drew the Japanese away from softer targets, too, and saved more lives than we’ll ever know.

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  8. That is a whole lot of Battle Stars in a short time. Kudos to them.

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  9. Do you ever think of putting your posts into a book, G? –Curt

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  10. If you ever travel to the Swamp, it’s worth a visit. So are the WWII, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.

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  11. A nice tribute to Mr Ruff, GP. He did a brave thing at Pearl Habour, and followed that with a distinguished career.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  12. Heck of a naval officer. Heck of a civilian.

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  13. Thank you for this information, GP! Will try to read, for much more understanding. Have a good week! Michael

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  14. A message about the benefits of Immigration.

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  15. Have you ever visited the National Archives in DC or College Park,MD GP? The things you can find there are amazing. I used to go to College Park monthly but they have been closed for a year now because of COVID. The National Archives runs (or ran) a free shuttle between Archives I in DC and Archives II in College Park. It ran every hour on the hour between 8am and 5pm. One shuttle would leave DC while the other shuttle left MD. I’m betting that may have been where this declassified history came from.

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    • It could very well have, Pat. I have only been to their website and I do receive their newsletter. I have occasionally run into data of theirs when I’m researching, but I’ve never visited the actually location. I can’t even imagine their set-up!!

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