Title: Plaque, War Record, USS Wadleigh (DD-689)
Accession #: NHHC 1962-155-B
Size: 18 x 43
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One war record plaque from the USS Wadleigh (DD-689). The rectangular bronze plaque is embossed with “USS Wadleigh 1943 / The First Ship of the Fleet to Bear the Name / Submarine 1944 / Saipan Invasion 1944 / Tinian Invasion 1944 / Palau Invasion 1944 / Okinawa Invasion 1945 / Operations Against Japan 1945.” There is a star in each corner of the plaque.
This plaque commemorates some of the major engagements Wadleigh participated in during World War II. Though not included on this plaque, soon after her commissioning in 1943, Wadleigh joined two other destroyers to escort USS Iowa carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on his return to the US following the Cairo Conference.
USS Wadleigh was moored near USS Missouri when Japan signed the official surrender accords aboard the Missouri on 2 September 1945. Wadleigh’s service continued after the war until she was decommissioned on 28 June 1962.