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3rd of May 1942 the USS Fletcher was launched


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USS Fletcher

USS Fletcher was launched on this day 79 years ago on the 3rd of May 1942. USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445), named for Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, was the lead Fletcher-class destroyer, and served in the Pacific during World War II. She received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. Fletcher played an important part in the surface action off Guadalcanal 13 November 1942, firing guns and torpedoes in the general melee which sank two Japanese destroyers and damaged the fast battleship Hiei. In 1943 Fletcher continued to operate in the Solomon Islands, patrolling, shelling shore targets, driving off Japanese air attacks, rescuing downed aviators, sinking Japanese landing barges, and covering new landings on the northern coast of Guadalcanal including sinking of the Japanese submarine I-18. Throughout 1944 Fletcher provided shore bombardment for the invasions of Humboldt Bay, Noemfoor, Sansapor, and Morotai followed by Leyte Gulf. In 1945 Fletcher saw action in Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor and Manila Bay. Fletcher took part in the landings at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and Zamboanga, covered minesweeping and landings at Tarakan, and gave local patrol and escort service in the Philippines until 13 May 1945, when she sailed for a West Coast overhaul. USS Fletcher was one of the most decorated US ships of World War II. Fletcher lives on in World of Warships at tier 9 in the tech tree.


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