RPPC USS Cassin DD43 Torpedoed in Oct. 15, 1917

This is a RPPC of the USS Cassin DD43 that was Torpedoed in Oct. 15, 1917. The first 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, Cassin sailed with the 6th Division in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in fleet maneuvers and exercises. On 19 Mav 1914, she sailed to the rescue of SS Atlantis, wrecked off Tampico Bar. Taking the stricken ship's passengers on board, she landed them at Tampico, Mexico. After overhaul, Cassin operated along the east coast from 21 October until 27 January 1916, when she returned to the Caribbean for winter maneuvers. Operations along the east coast on Neutrality patrol and drills and surveillance patrol in the Caribbean were Cassin's employment until April 1917, when she was immediately prepared for overseas deployment. She 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. On 15 October, she sighted the German submarine U-61 about 20 miles south of Mind Head, Ireland, and pursued her. At 1330, Cassin was struck in her port side, aft, by a torpedo. Gunner's Mate First Class Osmond Ingram was killed, nine other men were wounded, and Cassin, her rudder blown off and stern extensively damaged, began to circle. This did not prevent her, however, from firing four rounds at the submarine when she spotted its conning tower at 1430. The submarine, thus discouraged from further attack, submerged and was not contacted again. Through the night, Cassin was guarded by an American and two British destroyers as well as disguised sloop under Captain Ronald Niel Stuart, and in the morning, HMS Snowdrop took Cassin in tow for Queenstown. After repairs there and at Newport, England, Cassin returned to escort duty on 2 July 1918. This card has a little bit of staining on it on the back mainly showing in the right hand top corner. It has a few slight stains on the front that are located around the edges of the postcard. It measures 3 3/8" by 5 3/8".

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