McCandless (FF 1084) - Naval Cruise Book

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1.9 f Rear Admiral Mcffantlless was horn 12 Auguat 1911 in W.i.sl'1- ington, D.C., the son of then Lieutenant tlater Vorririiodort-1 llyroo Mcffandleiis, USN. He graduated from the 1'niti-il State, Natal Academy in 19512, served with Scouting Squadron 115 in the cruiser INDIANAPOLIS, and in destroyer CASH. l'pon completion of tl General Line course at Annapolis, 19118-193129, he liccntnc Vonunuoi cations 0fficerofcrui:4erSAN l"l'tANClSt'0 tt'A-Stal. Hi- was wrt ing in that famed cruiser at Pearl Harbor when tht- .l.ip.ini-o- iniulc their infamous raid. Then a Lieutenant f'ommnnder, Mcf'antlli--i-. continue-tl tw serve in SAN FRANCISCO as she helped protect tant carricr t.i-lt groups guarding reinforcements to the Samoan l+1.ind1, comluctiue raids at New Guinea. and giving direct fire support tn1llt'litliltlilltt.l nal-'l'ulagi landings in the Solomons. llia -ihip fottgltt ltr victory in the Battle of Cape l'isperance to spare Marines on tluatlalcanal from a lierce naval bombardment, then endured n wnvage- action lu ri-pel enemy aircraft attacking transports off the coast of tiuiulalcanal. The flagship ofa cruiser-destroyer task group under lit-.ir .Kilt miral Daniel -I. Callaghan. SAN l"RANt'lSt'0 lcd the fortnattion the night of 13-14 November 19-12 to intercept a -lapancsc raidmi: force of 2 battleships. 1 light cruiser and let tlcstroycrq ati-arning south with orders to bombartl and t'omplctt'ly' knock out thc lla-nb derson Field at Guadalcanal. Well-aimed salvos found their mark on both Japanese battleships before SAN FRANt'lSl'0 came un' der the fire from three directions and the ship was so damaged that she temporarily lost power and steering control. As she slowed from 17 knots, enemy shells exploded on the navigating bridge and flag bridge, killing Rear Admiral Callaghan and all but one of his -staff. Lieutenant Commander Bruce McCandlr-ss found himself the senior officer on the bridge and took command to continue to fight to the finish. His cruiser was caught between two columns ot' enemy ships, sustaining about 45 separate hits by heavy shells and count- less fragment and machine gun hits. Though he was seriously wounded, Lieutenant Commander McCandless boldly continued to direct gunfire at the enemy on every side and led the task group to Victory. When the desperate sea tight ended. 3 enemy destroyers were damaged, two sunk, and the rudderless battleship HIEI so damaged that aircraft were able to sink her the next day. Left: Commodore Byron McCandless Right: Rear Admiral Bruce McCandless lleiitiereoii 1-'it-ld wa, again ,awed from bombardment. Air op- eration, from that Field on the next day disposed of ll troop-laden enemy iran-port, lk-apitc the at-rious drainage and great loss of life on li-iaril, SAN I-'l'tANt'lSt'0 lived lu fight again. Her temporary coiiitimtitlitig officer, 1.ieuti-mint t'onunander Bruce McCandlesa via-i gtvbtirtlcil tlic Nlrtliil ul- llultnr for ills Stlpffltlt' COUIHXC and BU- pcrli lcatlcrwliip that reeulted in victory in the face of overwhelming odd- in thc Nasal llattle ot' fitindrilcanal tlll-lil November l942l. lli- via- .il-.o giwn .i tncritoriour- promotion to the rank ofCommand- cr ui ri-cogiittioti ol tht- m'liicvctlit'lit. t'oinin.unli-r Nlct'niitllcr-e- rctnnint-d in SAN FRANCISCO as -lie lit-lpctl driw the cm-iny from the Aleutians and assisted in the tapturi- and ottupation ol' the tlillwrt and Marshall Islands. De- mi lied from tht-t rui-i-r H March 1944, he took command ofdestroyer tiRl'IGflRY which -upported the capture of lwo -lima and shot down ti i--neiny aircraft during combat operations off the coast of tlkinawa Vorritiiaiitlcr Nlcfaiiillt-mt was awarded the Silver Star Nle-dal for con-picuous gnllnntry while commanding USS GREGO- RY off t lkumwa from 1,14 April 15145. His ship provided anti-aircraft protection to whips in the transport area and served on radar picket atation during thu period. fln P4 April ISHS, four cnt-my suicide planes attacked. Two were destroyed and a third driven off but n fourth crashed in his ship. t'ommander Nlcfandlese skillfully directed his men to quickly con- trol flanmize -so that his dc-at royer was able to drive off further attacks and return to port. GREGORY was routed to San Diego where her crushed and torn hull was repaired under the direction of his father, Vommi .di ire Byron Nlcflandless, USN. Commander Bruce McCand- leas was detached from GREGORY in October 1945. He served as Assistant Chief of Staff for the Naval Operating Base located at Ter- minal Island. California. until October 1946. After heading the Dis- trict Affairs Division. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, he commanded Mine Division TWO. In June 1950 he was ordered to the 1'nited States Naval Academy for duty in the Executive Depart- ment. Having been promoted to the rank of Captain, he transferred to the Retired List on 1 September 1952 and was advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the basis of combat awards. He died in Washington. DC on 24 -January 1968. 3



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Commander Joe Anderson Goodman United States Navy Commander Goodman horn in Irving, Texas graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in June 1970. Following an initial tour at the Naval Academy as Special Assistant to the Commandant of Mid- shipmen, Commander Goodman served as Com- During his tour, BARNEY made deployments to the Sixth Fleet and Standing Naval Forces Atlan- tic. After tours as Executive Officer on USS PA- PAGO QATF 1605 and the Department Head course at Newport, Rhode Island, t'ommander Goodman reported as Operations Officer on USS MOINESTER QFF-10973. 'l'asl-ted with develop- ing tactics for employment of newly developed Tactical 'I'owed Array Sonar Systerns. i'l'.-Xt "l'.-XSL MOINESTER made two deployments In the Sixth Fleet as a member of the ASW Squadron. Commander Goodman reported In the Naval Academy as a Company Officer and hlxecutive .-My iniinicaiiiins officer on uss BARNEY tooo-io. ,ji S R Q sistant to the Commandant of Midshipmen. He re- turned to sea as commissioning Executive Officer on USS STEPHEN W. GROVES QFFG-291. Commander Goodman came to command of USS MCCANDLESS QFF-108-U following duty as Force Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and Cruis- er-Destroyer Requirements Officer on the staff Commander. Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. t'ominander Goodmaifs next assignment will be as a student at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. t'om1nander Goodman's awards include the Nleritorioiis Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal. Navy .-Xt-hievement Medal and several unit and Vainpaign Medals. He is married to the former Carolyn Ann Brewer ot' Severna Park, Maryland. Commander Goodman. Varrie and their two children, Joe and lflivzilit-Ili, live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 5 is J ' "'. IQ, "H 'Q ' .. ,iw P n 5 H n ' 'Y' R, Q I' . ' . I 1 ' at 3 . I 1, qi 'Q ,Q

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