Worden (DLG 18) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1965

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I t 1 .lol-IN I.. WORDEN John Lorimer Worden was born in Westchester County, New York on 12 Marffh 1818, He was appointed a Midshipman on 10 January l8L 4 and served three years in the sloop of war ERIE on Brazil Station, followed by brief service in the-sloop CYNE and seven months at the Naval School at Philadelphia. He had duty with the Pacific Squadron Q184O-18425, the Naval Observatory 4184.4-18467 and Spent the Mexican War in the store ship SOUTHAMPTON and other ships on the Vkest Coast. He was again at the Naval ObservatoryQ185O-18525 and the next ten years were fllledt with cruises in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Seas Ordtrcd to IK ashtngton just before the outbreak of the Civil War, he was sent South on 1 April 1861 w 1th secret orders to the squadrons at Pensacola for the rtinfoiccment of I ort P1Ck61'1S Worden was arrested on his return Journey near Montgomery, Alabama and held prisoner for seven months until released in a prisoner exchanae He had not fullt recovered from the illness brought on by his confinemcnt on 16 lanuaix 1862 Vlhell ordered to report to command the ironclad MONITOR buildtns it C1 cenpotnt, l 0112 Island Worden brought MONITOR into Hampton Roads shortly tftct 111 httall ot 8 M211 Ch 1862 and all hands spent the night in preparation for mectin tht C ontedti att iron clad VIRGINIA qformerly USS MERRIMACQ the next day ln tht battlt, xttal TOT The maintenance of the northern blockade and ievoluttonai v for tts intlutntt on naval design, Worden had his station in the pilot house, forward of tht ttu ILL lhict hours of fighting left Worden wounded in the face and nearly bltntltd hx 1 shtll whtth ex ploded just outside The command of MONITOR was taktn oxtt hy his ltr st offiter, Lieutenant Samuel D Green, but when the uonclad tttutnttl tlttt zttmporalv withdrawal VIRGINIA had retired from the action For ht 1 otsm tltsplaxttl and the great service rendered in this action, Worden was tcndtitd a xott of thanks bl Congress and promoted from Commander to Captain on S Fthtuux 1863 Affel' ading Squadron, engaging on 27 Ianuary1863, afoui hotu attton tt l oit Mt Allister A month later he destroyed by five well plitttl shots tht C onttdttatt titnser NASI-IVILLII under the guns of this fort His trontl td w ts stt utk fouttetn ttmes during the attack on Charleston, 7 April 1863 Shortly ttttt this tttton, Vloiden was assigned to ironclad construction work at New York Ht w ts Suptttntendent of the United States Naval Academy 1869 187-IQ and tot tht ntxt two tt ns w is in command of the European Squadr on, visiting ports of Not tht t n I utopt Ind trutsmg in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Russo ltn ktsh w 11 Il mtl ht w 1 member of the Txamining Board and Prtsidtnt ot tht htm In 1 U 1161 html his xol untary retirement on 23 Dectmber 1886 vthtn Q Onuket, W Hdul mm tm Mft tht full sea pay of his grade lle madc his hc n vt 1 I ltd of pneumonia on 19 October 1897 j M m N Hmmm D L umm K U . Q . . ' W 3 - I' I 3' ' ' .x ' -T , ' . . . F OL. A ,J A , , Y ' . . . A ,YQ f ku ' . v My . 3 t R . , . y . . 5 2 ,Up p. A V . . . , 31.6, J., .YV ,D - A q Ir- tx- 3 I ' J Y. ' Q . A Y. I Q I .1 A L A W . . . . . . Q -K "wx Lk --jr. ,,Y. .AB .L . . . C A , 3, ,E S N D .X A,- . . . , r ,B !-x- ' Y ..Ax- -,, . A . I " I A-5 4- H' va ici' J 'H . . . . A My k A My A F X 4 in , recovery he took command of the monitor MONTAUK in the South Atlantic Block- ' t Q ' -- - L T - 6- ' 'tie . , ' ' A ' ' 'at "f n A . . A il 5' -M 't '. 'vlCl'Ci1 N' 3 'iS 3 1 3 It Sli' ' V- ' A t A 1 ,--tk-pi ,L ., , - - . - N., I A . Ld I . - A -L N .I ,Lk . kv , . .., , Tqx ,X ,.'3 I 5

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