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USS Cassin (DD-43)

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USS Cassin (DD-43) was launched 20 May 1913 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Miss H. C. Carusi; commissioned 9 August 1913, Lieutenant Commander H. Laning in command; and reported to the Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla.

From her arrival at Key West 5 December 1913 until 16 June 1914, USS Cassin (DD-43) sailed with the 6th Division in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in fleet maneuvers and exercises. Operations along the east coast on neutrality patrol and drills and surveillance patrol in the Caribbean were USS Cassin (DD-43)'s employment until April 1917, when she was immediately prepared for overseas deployment. USS Cassin (DD-43) arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, 17 May, and began operations which called for her to rendezvous with American troop convoys at sea and escort them to ports in England and France. 

USS Cassin (DD-43)'s war service received a well-deserved honor on 12 and 13 December 1918, when she was chosen as one of the escort for the USS George Washington, carrying President Woodrow Wilson into Brest, France, for his attendance at the Versailles Peace Conference. Cassin returned to Boston, Mass., 3 January 1919.

After winter maneuvers in the Caribbean, USS Cassin (DD-43) cleared New York City 1 May 1919 for the Azores, where she took station guarding the route of the Navy's historic transatlantic NC-4 flight. She returned to Boston for repairs, then sailed on to Philadelphia, where she was placed in reserve 18 June 1919 for more extensive repairs. Reactivated at Charleston 14 February 1921, USS Cassin (DD-43) joined Destroyer Flotilla 5 for operations along the New England coast until 11 October 1921, when she returned to Charleston. Returning to Philadelphia 29 March 1922, she was decommissioned there 7 June 1922. Transferred to the Treasury Depart. 28 April 1924 for service in Coast Guard, USS Cassin (DD-43) was returned to naval custody 30 June 1933 and sold 22 August 1934.

For a complete history of USS Cassin (DD-43) please see its DANFS page.