Reid (FFG 30) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1989

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USS REID N AMESAKE REID fFFG-301 commemorates the name borne by three former destroyers in honor of Sailing Master Samuel Ches- ter Reid, U.S. Navy C1783-18613, hero of the War of 1812 and designer of the United States flag in its present form. He received the thanks of the New York State Legislature for gallantry in command of the New York privateer brig GENERAL ARMSTRONG which inflicted such casualties and damage to a powerful British squadron at Fayal, Azores, that it delayed the arrival of the British invasion t1eet off New Orleans sufficiently to aid General Andrew jackson's defense preparations for victory. His design for a national ensign, to include thirteen stripes and a star for each state, was adopted by Congress on 4 April 1818. Congress appointed him a Sailing Master in the U. S. Navy on 3 Iune 1843. As the harbor master of New York, he made notable contributions in improving the pilot-boat service and established a lightship off Sandy Hook. The first REID IDD 211 was commissioned in 1909 and twice attacked enemy submarines while on escort and patrol duty during World War I. The second REID KDD 2921 served from 1919 to 1930. The third REID KDD 3691 was commissioned on 2 November 1936. She sank japanese submarine RO-61 during the Aleutians campaign of World War ll and was one of the outstanding destroyers in subsequent Pacific combat operations until her loss on 11 December 1944 while gallantly fighting off massive suicide plane attacks during the liberation of the Republic of the Philippines. 1.95. 2 ,N 'ff"5iDv-an-1"-1 """"" -..Q f-v -PQ' "ik

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